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Safeguarding and Welfare

The safeguarding of pupils is paramount to all of us at Manston Primary School, and alongside ensuring that the safeguarding of all of our pupils is everyone’s responsibility, we also have a team of staff who are responsible for keeping children safe and further supporting our most vulnerable learners. This team includes the three staff above - our Designated Safeguarding Leads - Mr Clay, Miss Thorpe and Mrs Joul, as well as Ms Roxby, our SENDCO.  

 

Safeguarding at Manston Primary is summarised as:

  • protecting all children and learners from harm, neglect or maltreatment,

  • preventing impairment of children’s and learners’ health and/or development,

  • ensuring that children and learners are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care, 

  • ensuring that appropriate actions are taken, in a timely manner, to safeuard and promote children's welfare, all throughout childhood and adolescence,

  • all staff are aware of their statutory responsibilities with respect to safeguarding, and 

  • all staff are properly trained in recognising and reporting safeguarding issues in order for our children to be happy and safe.

 

Safeguarding is an essential part of our school life, and it is our duty to ensure that our children are safe in and out of school, as well as online. Safeguarding involves every member of the school community in some way, and is our responsibility to make sure that we have a sharp eye on the particular circumstances and needs of all pupils, especially those who are the most vulnerable.

 

Leadership and management make safeguarding a main priority across all aspects of school by implementing:

  • Strong training procedures for all staff and other adults, through our Safer Recruitment and Whistleblowing Policies. We also hold a Single Central Record listing of every adult who comes into contact with children in our school which makes sure that we have done the relevant safety checks to ensure everyone is safe to work with children. This is checked by the responsible Governor. 
  • Various policies and procedures in place for: Attendance, Behaviour, Anti-bullying, Safeguarding and Child Protection, Intimate Care, Health and Safety and especially Online Safety.
  • Safeguarding and child protection arrangements are accessible by everyone, so that our families, as well as our adults in school, know who they can talk to if they are worried.

 

We learn about safeguarding in school by:

  • a curriculum that is flexible, relevant and engages pupils’ interest,
  • that is used to promote safeguarding by teaching pupils how to stay safe, how to protect themselves from harm and how to take responsibility for their own and others’ safety,
  • having staff that have strong working relationships with extended services, such as the fire brigade, Police and other Early Help organisations, which help us to be safeguarded outside of school and in our local community.

 

Our staff safeguard us effectively in school by:

  • ensuring that a high priority is given to staff training in the field of child protection and safeguarding, and that weekly staff meetings or briefings have a standard agenda item for Safeguarding.
  • Robust safeguarding arrangements for site security, which all staff are aware of, understand and are then implented by staff and pupils. These are then reviewed and monitored by designated safeguarding leads, leadership and management to make sure that all children, staff and visitors are safe at all times.
  • Strong communication systems are established with up-to-date information that can be accessed and shared by those who need it, including a safe and secure record keeping system (CPOMS).

The Department for Education has commissioned the NSPCC to establish a dedicated independent helpline for people who have experienced sexual abuse in educational setting. 

  

The helpline went live on 1 April, and will provide both children and adults who have experienced sexual abuse in schools with support and advice, including onward action such as contacting the police if they wish to. The helpline will also provide support to parents and professionals. Anyone who gets in touch through this dedicated helpline will also be signposted to other relevant support services available, including Childline, which provides ongoing support and counselling to children and young people.

 

The dedicated and confidential NSPCC helpline – Report Abuse in Education can be reached on 0800 136 663 or by email at help@nspcc.org.uk.

Reporting Safeguarding Concerns

f you are a member of the public and wish to make a referral, you can call Children’s Social Work Services on 0113 222 4403, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, except Wednesday's when they are open from 10am. If you think a child is in immediate danger please dial 999 and ask for the police.

 

If you have any concerns about safeguarding at Manston Primary, contact the Local Authority Designated Officer on 0113 2478652.

 

If you are involved with a child or family in a professional capacity you can call the Duty & Advice team on 0113 376 0336, Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm.

 

You can also discuss your concerns with someone who works with children and families, such as your health visitor, social worker, school nurse or teacher (all schools have a teacher responsible for child protection).

 

If the issue can’t wait until the next working day please contact the Children’s Emergency Duty Team on 0113 376 0469 and provide them with as much information as possible. You can also email the Emergency Duty Team: childrensedt@leeds.gov.uk.

Road Safety

Crossing Church Lane

Please may we encourage parents to remind their child/children to use the Green Cross Code when crossing busy roads – even if they are with an adult. NB this includes Church Lane outside school. For your reference the latest 2018 version is: -

  1. Think! Find the safest place to cross.
  2. Stop! Stand on the pavement near the kerb.
  3. Use your eyes and ears.
  4. Wait until it is safe to cross.
  5. Look and listen. When it is safe, cross sensibly.
  6. Arrive alive. Keep looking and listening as you cross.

Railway Safety

With Crossgates railway station not far away from our school we regularly speak to pupils about the dangers of railways and how to keep themselves save. The video below has been shared by Network Rail to help inform our pupils.

Buildings safety letter from LCC

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