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.
Everything that we do has the children at its heart. Their wellbeing, their safety, their achievement and their happiness underpins every decision that we make, and determines how we work. Often when safeguarding is talked about the assumption is that it is just child protection - when a child is suffering harm, or is in danger from suffering harm. However, safeguarding is much, much broader than this and considers a range of areas. Our staff are regularly trained in safeguarding and our curriculum provides the children with age appropriate opportunities to learn about how to keep themselves healthy and safe, but if you should ever have a concern about the safety or the welfare of a pupil, please contact one of our designated Safeguarding Leads immediately:
Phone: 0118 978 5219
Mrs Taylor, Headteacher - Designated Child Protection Officer.
Ms Edwards - Deputy Head - Deputy Child Protection Officer
Our Safeguarding Policy is written with due regard to the Department for Education statutory guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education September 2020 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or 0118 908 8022.
You can also report you concerns to the NSPCC:www.nspcc.org.uk/help-and-advice
Useful Guidance on the following safeguarding issues is available by following the links
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
Abuse which sees 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, through social networking sites.
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
The procedure is a serious Child Protection issue. It is illegal. 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.
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 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 .
P.A.N.T.S - Teach your child the Underwear Rule and help protect them from abuse.
Staying safe away from home
Self Harm - a guide for parents (see below)