At Stokenchurch Primary School, the health, safety and well-being of every child is our paramount concern. Our aim is for children to enjoy their time as pupils in this school. We want to work in partnership with you to help your child achieve their full potential and make a positive contribution.
Reporting Concerns/Making Referrals
In accordance with our responsibilities under section 175/157 of the Education Act 2002, and Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020, we have a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) for Child Protection, Ms L Bailes, who has received appropriate training for this role. Mr N Stevens and Mrs C Dennis are additional DSL’s in charge of child protection providing support also with safeguarding throughout our school.
It is their responsibility to ensure all staff in contact with children receives child protection awareness training on a regular basis. We believe safeguarding and promoting our students welfare is everyone’s responsibility, we work together as a team to achieve this. We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us.
There are occasions when concern about a child may mean that we have to consult other agencies. Whilst we would always aim to work in partnership with parents, there may be exceptions to this when concerns are raised for the protection of a child.
On very rare occasions Social Care, whilst undertaking an investigation under S47 of the Children Act 1989, may want to speak to a child without parents’ knowledge. This decision would be made by the police and social care, we are required to work collaboratively with partner agencies and would therefore cooperate with direction given. This would however always only be done in situations where a child might be at immediate risk of harm. To gain consent at this point may increase the level of risk to the child or cause evidence of a crime to be lost.
A key aspect of safeguarding is the vetting of applicants and prospective volunteers working with children to make sure they are suitable. A thorough process is carried out to ensure that the adults working with our children are safe and appropriate this includes checks with the Disclosure and Barring Services, as recommended by Buckinghamshire County Council in line with current legislation.
Children regularly attending school is a key factor of our safeguarding approach. We expect our children to be in school every day and when a child is unable to attend we need parents to provide timely communication regarding the reason. We recognise that an important risk factor in abuse and neglect is poor school attendance and tackling this is a key aspect of managing children’s safety.
Whilst how to keep safe is woven throughout our whole curriculum, our children are specifically taught key knowledge and skills within their PSHE and Safeguarding lessons. The PSHE and Safeguarding curriculum has been designed to instil into our children how to manage risks, how to stay safe and what to do if they believe they are in danger.
The Local Safeguarding Children’s Board has laid down the procedures, which we follow, and the school has adopted a Child Protection Policy in line with this for the safety of all and is ratified by Governor’s annually. Our governor with responsibility for safeguarding is Mrs J Wolfe.
Ms L Bailes