Safeguarding policies and procedures are comprehensive. Appropriate child protection processes have been implemented and work well. Staff receive appropriate training, including from the designated safeguarding lead. Close liaison with outside agencies, including the police, result in timely responses to pupils’ needs.
Ofsted, June 2019
Staff and Governors at Derwentwater Primary School are aware that many children are the victims of different kinds of abuse and that they can be subjected to social factors that have an adverse impact upon their lives – including domestic violence, substance misuse, bullying, mental health and radicalisation. We also acknowledge that safeguarding incidents could happen anywhere and staff should be alert to possible concerns arising.
Through our curriculum we teach children to stay safe and happy. We encourage the understanding that any problem or worry that they may have is legitimate, and to share their worries, big or small with their trusted adult; at home; school or with ChildLine.
Designated Safeguarding Lead – Mrs Nicholas, Head Teacher
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead:
Mrs Gardner, Deputy Head Teacher
Mrs Hankin, Assistant Head Teacher
Mr Butcher, Assistant Head Teacher and SENDCO
Aktiva Safeguarding Lead – Ben, Leanna Maggie 0203 713 3163
Nursery Safeguarding Lead - Mrs Hankin, Assistant Head Teacher
Safeguarding Governor – Sally Forge
Chair of Governors – Geoff Carruthers
Peer on Peer Sexual abuse and/or harassment
Dedicated NSPCC helpline
0800 136 66
This helpline provides both children and adults who are potential victims of sexual abuse in schools with the appropriate support and advice. This includes how to contact the police and report crimes if they wish. The helpline also provides support to parents and professionals. See our safeguarding policy for our procedures.
Peer on peer sexual abuse and harassment is not acceptable and not tolerated. Sexual harassment refers to unwanted conduct of a sexual nature that occurs online or offline. Sexual harassment violates a pupil’s dignity and makes them feel intimidated, degraded or humiliated, and can create a hostile, sexualised or offensive environment. If left unchallenged, sexual harassment can create an atmosphere that normalises inappropriate behaviour and may lead to sexual violence.
Sexual harassment could include:
- Sexual comments
- Sexual “jokes” and taunting
- Physical behaviour, such as deliberately brushing against another pupil
- Online sexual harassment, including non-consensual sharing of images and videos and consensual sharing of sexual images and videos (often known as sexting), inappropriate comments on social media, exploitation, coercion and threats
At Derwentwater Primary, we are working in partnership with the Metropolitan Police and Children’s Services to identify and provide appropriate support to pupils who have experienced domestic incidents; this scheme is called Operation Encompass.
The purpose of Operation Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been involved in, or witness to a domestic incident.
Domestic abuse impacts on children in a number of ways. Children are at increased risk of physical injury during an incident, either by accident or because they attempt to intervene. Even when not directly injured, children are greatly distressed by witnessing the physical and emotional suffering of a parent. To find out more about what is considered to be a domestic incident please take a look at the guidance from the Met Police on their website: https://www.met.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/daa/domestic-abuse/what-is-domestic-abuse/
Operation Encompass has been created to highlight this situation. It is the implementation of key partnership working between the police and schools. The aim of sharing information with local schools is to allow key adults i.e. DSL or Deputy DSL the opportunity of engaging with the child and to provide access to support that allows them to remain in a safe but secure familiar environment.
In order to achieve this, the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) will notify us of all domestic incidents where one or more of our pupils has been present, to the Designated Safeguarding Lead(s) (DSL) via an online notification system. On receipt of any information, the DSL will decide on the appropriate support the child requires, this should be covert dependent on the needs and wishes of the child. All information sharing and resulting actions will be undertaken in accordance with the Metropolitan Police and MASH Encompass Protocol Data Sharing Agreement. We will record this information and store this information in accordance with the record keeping procedures outlined in this policy.
Prevent is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist or extremist causes. Many of the things we do in school to help pupils become positive, happy members of society also contribute to the Prevent strategy.
Find out more in our leaflet:
- Leaflet is being created
- British Values in our Curriculum being created.
Keeping safe from bullying is an integral part of our PSHE curriculum. Through our curriculum pupils learn how to behave towards each other promoting the British values of tolerance and mutual respect.
NSPCC Pants campaign, keeping your child safe
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