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Keeping children safe

Mangotsfield C of E primary School recognises its legal and moral duty to promote the well-being of children and keep them safe. Our children have the right to protection – regardless of age, gender, race, culture or disability. They have a right to be safe in our school. We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us.

We have several members of staff who have undertaken specialist training and take on the roles of Designated Safeguarding Lead and Deputy Safeguarding Lead (i.e. to deal with safeguarding and child protection concerns). Whole school training is given to all staff annually. This may be the statutory training or training around current initiatives in safeguarding. All new staff have induction training in safeguarding and the Single Central Record (SCR) is updated to reflect this.

Designated Safeguarding Lead – Marion Borland – Headteacher

Deputy Safeguarding Lead – Kirby Littlewood – Deputy Headteacher

Safeguarding Governor – Pam Cottee

On rare occasions our concerns about a child may mean that we have to consult other agencies even before we contact you. The law requires that schools report any obvious signs or suspected cases of child abuse – which include non-accidental injury, neglect, emotional abuse and/or sexual abuse. The procedures are intended to protect children at risk and all schools nationally are expected to take the attitude that where there are grounds for concern it is better to be safe than sorry. This does mean that the school staff risks upsetting some parents/carers by reporting a case which, on investigation, proves unfounded. In such circumstances, it is hoped that parents and carers would accept that the staff acted in what were believed to be the best interests of the child.

School Policies at Mangotsfield C of E Primary School are robust and applied by all members of our community and are readily accessible to all members of our community via the policy section on our school website.

 

Useful phone numbers for parents:

South Gloucestershire Safeguarding website - sites.southglos.gov.uk/safeguarding

OFSTED helpline - 03001234234

OFSTED whistleblowing - 03001233155

NSPCC helpline  - 0800 800 5000, help@nspcc.org.uk

NSPCC FGM Helpline - 0800 028 3550

National Domestic Abuse Helpline - 0808 2000 247

 

Useful documents:

Keeping children safe in education –  https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/737289/Keeping_Children_Safe_in_Education_Sept_2018.pdf

Working Together - https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/722306/Working_Together-transitional_guidance.pdf