Safeguarding and Child Protection
Through their day-to-day contact with pupils and direct work with families, staff at Fen Ditton Primary School have a crucial role to play in noticing indicators of possible abuse or neglect and referring them to Social Care via the Cambridgeshire Direct Contact Centre (Designated Person for Child Protection to refer).
This policy sets out how the school’s governing body discharges its statutory responsibilities
relating to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children who are pupils at the school. Our
policy applies to all staff, paid and unpaid, working in the school including governors. Teaching
assistants, mid-day supervisors, secretaries as well as teachers can be the first point of disclosure for a child.
Concerned parents/carers may also contact the school and its governors.
The Designated Persons for Child Protection in school are: Mr Askew and Miss McGreer
The Governor with responsibility for Child Protection and Safeguarding is: Mr Rob King
It is consistent with the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) procedures.
There are four main elements to our policy:
1. PREVENTION through the teaching and pastoral support offered to pupils and the creation and maintenance of a whole school protective ethos
2. PROCEDURES for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases, of abuse. The definitions of the four categories of abuse are attached (see Appendix A)
3. SUPPORTING VULNERABLE CHILDREN those who may have been abused or witnessed violence towards others
4. PREVENTING UNSUITABLE PEOPLE WORKING WITH CHILDREN
Relevant policies and guidance documents:
|Code of Conduct||Safeguarding and Child Protection|
|First Aid policy||Safer Working Pratice|
|Keeping Children Safe in Education||Recruitment and Selection|
|PREVENT strategy and policy||Whistleblowing|
|PREVENT staff training||Safer Employment policy|
OUR PREVENT STRATEGY
HM Government has published guidance for authorities, including schools, on their responsibilities under the ‘Counter-Terrorism and Security Act’, which came into effect on 1 July 2015. Under the Act, schools and other authorities have a duty to “have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”.
Mr Askew is our PREVENT LEAD. He has had intensive training which has been cascaded down to all staff.
What is the Prevent strategy?
Prevent is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist or extremist causes.
The Prevent strategy covers all types of terrorism and extremism, including the extreme right wing, violent Islamist groups and other causes.
How does the Prevent strategy apply to schools?
From July 2015 all schools (as well as other organisations) 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 other dangers.
Importantly, we can provide a safe place for pupils to discuss these issues so they better understand how to protect themselves.
What does this mean in practice?
Many of the things we already do in school to help children become positive, happy members of society also contribute to the Prevent strategy.
- Exploring other cultures and religions and promoting diversity
- Challenging prejudices and racist comments
- Developing critical thinking skills and a strong, positive self-identity
- Promoting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils, as well as British values such as democracy
We will also protect children from the risk of radicalisation, for example by using filters on the internet to make sure they cannot access extremist and terrorist material, or by vetting visitors who come into school to work with pupils.
Different schools will carry out the Prevent duty in different ways, depending on the age of the children and the needs of the community.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does Prevent relate to British values?
Schools have been required to promote British values since 2014, and this will continue to be part of our response to the Prevent strategy.
British values as described by Ofsted are:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty and mutual respect
- Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs
Isn’t my child too young to learn about extremism?
The Prevent strategy is not just about discussing extremism itself, which may not be appropriate for younger children. It is also about teaching children values such as tolerance and mutual respect. We do this through well-planned Personal Development lessons and values based assemblies.
The school will make sure any discussions are suitable for the age and maturity of the children involved.
Is extremism really a risk in our area?
Extremism can take many forms, including political, religious and misogynistic extremism. Some of these may be a bigger threat in our area than others.
We will give children the skills to protect them from any extremist views they may encounter, now or later in their lives.
Extremism – vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values such as democracy, the rule of law and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs
Ideology – a set of beliefs
Terrorism – a violent action against people or property, designed to create fear and advance a political, religious or ideological cause
Radicalisation – the process by which a person comes to support extremism and terrorism
Where to go for more information
1. Contact the school
If you have any questions or concerns about the Prevent strategy and what it means for your child, please do not hesitate to contact the school.
2. External sources
The following sources may also be useful for further information:
Prevent duty guidance: for England and Wales, HM Government
Frequently asked questions, Prevent For Schools
What is Prevent? Let’s Talk About It