Safeguarding at Glebe
Safeguarding Children is Everyone’s Concern
Designated child protection officer: Joy Waelend (Interim Headteacher)
Designated child protection officer: Casey Groves (Learning Mentor)
Designated child protection officer (deputy): Clem Lewis (Deputy Headteacher)
Designated child protection officer (deputy): Naomi Welsh (Assistant Headteacher)
Safeguarding governor: Shane Hales (Chair of Governors)
Here at Glebe Primary School we work together to ensure that everyone in our school community is kept safe and to take action to identify and protect any children who are at risk of significant harm.
We aim to make safeguarding a priority across all aspects of our work, this includes:
- Vetting procedures in accordance with national guidelines for staff and other adults coming into school regularly
- Safeguarding polices and procedures compliant with statutory requirements
- Good relationships with other agencies
- Child Protection arrangements so everyone knows who they can talk to if they are worried
- Effective communication and up-to-date information
- Training for all of our staff
- Arrangements for site security and health and safety that are understood and applied by staff and pupils
- A curriculum that engages pupils, teaching children how to stay safe and take responsibility
- Respectful behaviour to foster an environment where everyone feels secure
- Monitoring of attendance to ensure all are safe
All staff are encouraged to report any concerns that they have and not see these as insignificant. On occasions, a referral is justified by a single incident such as an injury or disclosure of abuse. More often however, concerns accumulate over a period of time and are evidenced by building up a picture of harm over time; this is particularly true in cases of emotional abuse and neglect. In these circumstances, it is crucial that staff record and pass on concerns in accordance with this policy to allow the Designated Safeguarding Leads (see above) to build up a picture and access support for the child at the earliest opportunity.
However, if you think the matter is very serious and may be related to a child protection concern, where the child has been harmed or is at risk of harm e.g. physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect, you must talk to one of the people above immediately. If you are unable to contact them you can ask the school office staff to find them and ask them to speak to you straight away about a confidential and urgent matter.
Our school participates in a Police-led initiative called Operation Encompass, a scheme which will ensure that we can better support any child where a domestic incident has been reported to the Police from their home.
Following a domestic incident, the Police will make contact with the school via telephone and communicate relevant information to nominated, fully-trained school staff. This will ensure that we are made aware early enough to support children and young people in a way that means they feel safe, supported and listen to.
Each school has a member of staff called a key adult who is trained to liaise with the police, when required, whilst ensuring support is available to the child.