Safeguarding & Child Protection
St Paul’s C of E Junior School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all pupils, staff, volunteers, visitors and external agencies to share this commitment.
Should you have any concerns regarding the welfare or safety of a pupil please speak to:
Mrs Taylor, Headteacher - Designated Child Protection Officer.
Ms Edwards - Deputy Head - Deputy Child Protection Officer
Mrs Ambler - Inclusion Manager - Deputy Child Protection Officer
Alternatively, you can email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Safeguarding Policy is written with due regard to the Department for Education statutory guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education September 2016 and the local Safeguarding Children Board policy.
If you have concerns that a child you know is at risk of serious harm through abuse or neglect, it is important that you report your worries to the correct agency.
Wokingham Triage Team: email@example.com or 0118 908 8022.
You can also report you concerns to the NSPCC:www.nspcc.org.uk/help-and-advice
safeguarding Guidance for Parents
Internet Matters - guidance on cyber bullying, online grooming, sexting, radicalisation etc. www.internetmatters.org
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) A form of abuse which sees children/young people being manipulated or coerced into sexual activity for receiving ‘something’ such as; gifts, money, food, attention, somewhere to stay etc. Technology is very often used to groom victims.This may occur through social networking sites and mobile phones with internet access.
Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (PACE) - 1:1 telephone support, national and local meet-ups with other affected parents and information on how parents can work in partnership with school, police and social care: www.paceuk.info
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) The procedure is a serious Child Protection issue. It is illegal for anyone to perform FGM in the UK or to arrange for a child to be transported to another country for the procedure.You must contact the Police if you think that a girl or young woman is in danger of FGM. You should contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (020 7008 1500) if she’s already been taken abroad. The Daughters of Eve website helps to raise awareness of this issue and sign-posts those affected by it to supportive services: www.dofeve.org The NSPCC offers a free and anonymous FGM 24 hour helpline. Call; 0800 028 3550 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Preventing Radicalisation Schools are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in the exercise of their functions, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. Our school is clear that extremism and radicalisation should be viewed as safeguarding concerns. We value freedom of speech and the expression of beliefs and both pupils/students and adults have the right to speak freely and voice their opinions. Our ethos seeks to build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values and enabling all members of our school community to challenge extremist views.
DfE guidance: Prevent Duty .
NSPCC have information for parents on the dangers associated with extremism: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/fighting-for-childhood
PANTS Rule P.A.N.T.S - teach your child the Underwear Rule and help protect them from abuse. It's a simple way that parents can help keep children safe from sexual abuse:
Staying safe away from home: Your guide to when your child's old enough to be out on their own, and how to teach them to keep safe while they're away https://www.nspcc.org.uk//staying-safe-away-from-home/
Home alone: How to decide when it's safe for your child to be home on their own, and what you can do if they're too young.