Safeguarding at Robert Arkenstall Primary School
Welcome to the Robert Arkenstall Primary School Safeguarding section. Below you will find our Mission Statement for Safeguarding and the key personnel who are responsible for safeguarding in our school.
“Robert Arkenstall School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff, visitors and volunteers to share this commitment”
Our Safeguarding Team
The link Governor for Safeguarding is: Cathy Murphy, Chair of Governors
The Designated Safeguarding Lead for Child Protection is: Kate Bonney
The following members of staff have also received Designated Person training:
Safeguarding and Child Protection are intrinsically linked. In practice, Safeguarding is the policies and practices that schools and Governing Bodies employ to keep children safe and promote their well-being. This means everything from security of the buildings, to the safe recruitment of staff and everything in between. Child Protection is one aspect of Safeguarding. Child Protection is a term used to describe the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering or likely to suffer significant harm.
Our safeguarding policy can be downloaded from the Policies and Guidance Documents page of our website in this selection to the right of this page.
Procedures and responsibilities
Everyone is responsible for child protection and the document Working Together to Safeguard Children says “the action we take to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm - is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play.” (HM Government, 2013).
In practice, this means that although people in schools have different, specific roles, we all have a responsibility to make sure children are kept safe from harm.
- If a member of staff has concerns about the safety or welfare of a child, he or she will make written notes on to a form called “Log of Concern about a Child’s Welfare.” This is a standard form supplied to all schools by the Local Authority. Basic, factual information will be recorded on this form and it will be passed immediately to one of the Designated Persons for Child Protection.
- The Designated Person will then decide on the course of action to be taken. If we are unsure of how to proceed, we can either telephone the Education Child Protection Service for advice – they have a direct telephone helpline staffed during the day in term time – or we can conduct a “what if?”
- A “what-if” is where we telephone Children’s Services Contact Centre, and present the situation without naming anyone involved. They will then advise us of the next steps or put us through to a Social worker to discuss things in more detail or inform us if we need to contact the child protection part of the police service.
- Our decisions about what to do really depend on the situation we have, but our priority is always to do whatever is best to ensure the safety of the child or children involved.