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: email@example.com
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.
Information for Parents
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or 0118 908 8022.
You can also report you concerns to the NSPCC:www.nspcc.org.uk/help-and-advice
Internet Matters is an independent, not–for-profit organisation to help you keep your children safe online and include more on cyber bullying, online grooming, sexting, radicalisation and pornography:www.internetmatters.org
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
This is a form of sexual 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. CSE has gained a large amount of media attention over the last year as lots of services involved with children and young people have noticed a big rise in cases involving CSE.
NSPCC and Barnardos have been campaigning to raise the profile of this form of child abuse:
PACE (Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation) is a charity that works with parents and carers whose children are sexually exploited. They offers one-to-one 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)
Female Genital Mutilation is classified as a form of Child Abuse in the UK. It therefore makes the procedure of it 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. The maximum sentence for carrying out FGM or helping it to take place is 14 years in prison. 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 email@example.com
From 1 July 2015 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 on the Prevent Duty can be found here: Prevent Duty . The NSPCC have information for parents/carers about radicalisation and dangers associated with extremism. There is also links to other supportive services on the NSPCC web page:https://www.nspcc.org.uk/fighting-for-childhood
The NSPCC has a wide range of resources that help adults keep children safe from abuse and other dangers, both online and in the physical world.
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.