“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 Leads are Kate Bonney, Rob Fisher and Karen Gale
Robert Arkenstall Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all members of the school community to share this commitment. To this end we will endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued.
The safety and well being of all children and young people is of paramount importance. We recognise that parents and carers send their children to school each day with the expectation that the school provides a safe and secure environment in which their children can flourish. We therefore have a wide range of measures in place to ensure this is put into practice and is maintained.
The school staff are trained to be alert to signs of abuse and neglect and will follow the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) procedures to ensure that children receive appropriate and effective support and protection.
Parents and carers should know that the law requires all school staff to pass on information which gives rise to concern about a child's welfare, including risk from neglect. The staff will seek, in general, to discuss any concerns with the parent/carer and, where possible, inform them of the referral to Social Care. This will only occur where such discussion will not place the child at increased risk of significant harm.
In accordance with local Information Sharing protocols. we will ensure that information is shared securely and sensitively. Information will only be shared with other services where it is deemed necessary and proportionate to ensure that children are safe and receive the right support.
School will seek advice from Social Care when they have reasonable cause to suspect a child may be suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. Occasionally concerns are passed on which are later shown to be unfounded. Parents/carers will appreciate that the member of staff in the school responsible for Child Protection (known as the Designated Lead or Officer) is charged with carrying out their responsibilities in accordance with the law and acting in the best interest of the child.
We have a number of policies in place which support our ethos for ensuring our children are safe, secure and in an environment where they can pursue possibilities and love learning. These are available from our Policies section and include:
Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy
Code of Conduct
Data Protection Policy
First Aid Policy
ICT Acceptable Use Policy
Intimate Care Policy
Physical Intervention Policy
Social Media Policy
Induction and Training
All our staff and volunteers have an induction schedule which includes safeguarding training and every member of staff has formal training every two years. This knowledge is maintained throughout the school year with bite size reminders and updates on current practices and law.
As a school we take time to assess all applications and include clear expectations around safeguarding and suitability to work with children. We apply these protcols and expectations to regular volunteers too. Candidates can be expected to answer questions around safeguarding in their recruitment selection day.
PSHE Curriculum and E Safety Curriculum
Through our Personal Social and Health Education curriculum children will learn how to keep themselves safe (age appropriate). Similarly, with IT taking a leading part in our children's every day lives we teach them how to be safe on line and offer workshops for parents too. Find more information about Online Safety here.
We have stringent management and maintenance of our site to ensure it is safe and secure which includes management of visitors to our site. All visitors must sign in and wear a visitor badge and are escorted, unless they have met our vetting requirements to work in school unsupervised.