Child Protection during Covid 19
The way in which we currently operate in schools, in response to coronavirus (COVID-19), is fundamentally different to business as usual. Most children are no longer in a school setting and staff numbers have been affected by the outbreak.
We have been asked to provide care for children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the COVID-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.
This annex to our Child Protection policy sets out details of our safeguarding arrangements and can be found here on our Policies Page
Safeguarding and the Welfare of Children – A Priority for Everyone within the School Community:
- Whole School – Senior Designated Safeguarding Lead – Mrs Carla Smith
- Key Stage One – Designated Safeguarding Lead – Mrs Clare Smith
- Key Stage Two – Designated Safeguarding Lead – Mrs Rebecca Joyce
If you have a concern or a member of staff has a concern it can be reported confidentially to any of the designated people. All staff have a valid DBS certificate and are recorded in our Single Central Register, which is kept in the office. Staff are re-checked every 3 years. Parent helpers all have a valid DBS certificate.
Should a child disclose anything that causes you to have a concern about their welfare please report it immediately to the teacher or designated person. Do not engage the child in discussion on this issue yourself.
CPOMS should be used to record any safeguarding concerns you may have. All school staff have access to this reporting system.
Staff attention is drawn to the booklet ‘What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused’ and the leaflet ‘Indicators of possible child abuse’ as part of each member of staff’s induction process.
The School Policy for Safeguarding is updated in line with Local Authority Guidance and Regulations on an annual basis and approved by the School Trust & Governing Body.
- All staff receive regular training around safeguarding from the local authority.
- Designated persons receive updates to training every 2 years.
- An Annual Safeguarding Audit is carried out by the Governors.
Further information from the Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Children Partnership can be found here.
Our Parent Code of Conduct can be found on the Policies Page.