Designated Safeguarding Team
Chandag Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Safeguarding and Child Protection Staff
- Designated Safeguarding Lead: Davina Lucas
- Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: Kerrie Brazil, Deputy Head
- Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: Jen Roberts, Assistant Headteacher
- Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: Caroline Sedar, Pastoral Lead
- Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: Francesca Marsh, Pastoral Lead
The Single Central Record (SCR) is a document maintained by the school to demonstrate that staff have undergone appropriate recruitment and police checks. The SCR is updated as and when new staff are recruited and when they leave. Governors, volunteers and regular visitors to the school are also recorded on the SCR.
Visitors to the school are required to sign in at the main reception area and are issued with a visitors badge. Visitors who do not have appropriate DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) clearance will not have sole access to children.
Child Protection training is provided regularly for existing staff and forms part of the induction process for all newly appointed staff. The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) attends briefings and forums organised by the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) to receive up to date local information about child protection and safeguarding issues. The DSL also attends training and conferences provided by experts in the field including the NSPCC and the DfE.
All staff are familiar with the DfE Keeping Children Safe in Education document which forms the basis of our child protection and safeguarding policy. You may also wish to view the current Working Together to Safeguard Children guidance.
Please see our policies page for our child protection and safeguarding policy. This is updated annually in line with revisions to Keeping Children Safe in Education and Working Together to Safeguard Children guidance.
What is child protection?
Child Protection is part of Safeguarding and promoting welfare. It refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm. All staff are made aware of the Governments Guidance on Keeping Children Safe in Education. Part 1 has been thoroughly read and understood by all staff.
Safeguarding and child protection policy
Please see policies section to access our safeguarding and child protection policy.
Female Genital Mutilation is a form of child abuse and as such is dealt with under the schools Child Protection/Safeguarding policy. All parents requesting holiday leave for trips to countries where FGM is practised are reminded that it is illegal to remove a child from the UK for this purpose. You will be asked for assurance that this will not happen. It is mandatory for teachers to report to the police if they find, or are told, someone under 18 has undergone FGM.
Chandag Primary School recognises the benefits and opportunities which new technologies offer to teaching and learning. We encourage the use of technology in order to enhance skills and promote achievement. However, the accessible and global nature of the internet and variety of technologies available mean that we are also aware of potential risks and challenges associated with such use.
To find out more please read our E-Safety policy on the policies page.
The prevent duty
The prevent duty is the requirement of schools to build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values and enabling them to challenge extremist views. All staff have undertaken online PREVENT training.
Referrals to children’s social care
If anyone has a concern about a child’s safety or wellbeing they should make a referral to First Response. Within school there would first be a discussion with a member of the designated team. We aim to work with families when we have concerns and rarely make a referral without first discussing the need for help with the parents. On occasions though this is necessary and whilst we recognise this can be upsetting for families, it is always our judgement about what is best for the child that will drive our actions.
Parents and carers can also access information to support their children and families via these websites:
What is the Prevent strategy?
- Prevent is a government strategy designed to stop people, including pupils, from becoming radicalised
- The Prevent strategy covers all types of radicalisation
- Educate Against Hate
This is an important government website that provide advice and information about protecting children from extremism and radicalisation.
How does the Prevent strategy apply to schools?
From July 2015 all schools have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism.
This means we have a responsibility to protect children from extremist and violent views the same way we protect them from all other forms of abuse.
The Prevent strategy enables staff to teach children values such as tolerance and mutual respect.
Importantly, we can provide a safe place for pupils to discuss any issues so they better understand how to protect themselves.