Easingwold Primary School is committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all children in school. All North Yorkshire schools, including Easingwold Primary School, follow the North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Board procedures. The school will, in most circumstances, endeavour to discuss all concerns with parents about their child/ren. However, there may be exceptional circumstances when the school will discuss concerns with Social Care and/or the Police without parental knowledge (in accordance with Child Protection procedures). The school will, of course, always aim to maintain a positive relationship with all parents. The school’s Child Protection Policy is available publicly through the website (link at the bottom of the page), in hard copy (available at the school office) or via email (please request a copy using the 'Contact Us' details on our website.
Easingwold Primary School takes its safeguarding responsibilities extremely seriously, in fact Safeguarding is central to the work that we do. At Easingwold Primary School we recognise the vital importance of robust procedures and practices which lead to a safe learning environment for every child in which they can achieve. We understand that there is a need to promote a culture where there is a shared responsibility for every aspect of safeguarding and to create an arena of safety for all our children.
Whether we are planning school visits to enrich our curriculum or inviting adults into our school we understand that it is our primary duty to keep children safe.
Through our policies and procedures we will:
Our recruitment processes for all posts in school are rigorous and conform to current recommended guidance to do our utmost to ensure that only those suitable to work with children are employed. We ensure that those staff involved in recruitment have undergone the latest Safer Recruitment Training.
We have a Code of Conduct in place (known as Safer Working Practices) which sets out detailed policies and procedures for staff to follow – these have been put in place to keep everybody safe. Our Child Protection Policy also ensures that where a child makes a disclosure, there are appropriate procedures in place to ensure that action is taken to support the child.
Of course, safeguarding the children within our care is much wider than just policy documents. We aim to create an arena of safety at school where children feel valued, respected and cared for in a building that is safe, well maintained and conducive to learning. Our policy documents are shared with key stakeholders and implementation is monitored by our Governing Body and Senior Leaders in school. Our Governing Body have over arching responsibility for checking that our school complies with necessary regulations. Their recommendations are implemented in full.
A wide range of additional procedures ensure that children are kept safe:
Many of these, along with other key policy documents can be found in the 'Policy Section' of the website.
Behaviour In School
We know that a contributor to children's safety is high standards of behaviour. Whilst our behaviour policy sets out how behaviours in school are managed, our 4 Golden Rules are below:
We keep unkind thoughts and actions to ourselves.
We are always honest and polite.
We respect everyone and everything.
We always try our best in everything we do.
These provide a clear framework through which we praise and reward behaviours in school.
What is Prevent?
As of the 1st July 2015 all schools and registered childcare providers are subject to a duty to, in the exercise of their functions, have 'due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism'. This is called the Prevent Duty. Further information on this can be downloaded from the link below.
At Easingwold Primary School this is seen as part of our school's wider safeguarding duties and is consistent with our other responsibilities in this area. The procedures we follow are set out in our Child Protection Policy (which can be found in the Policies section).
Where we identify that there is a need to refer an individual, the relevant safeguarding procedures are followed to ensure that an appropriate referral is made to Children's Social Care or Health and Adult Services in an effective and timely way. To enable us to discharge this duty effectively all colleagues completed the online Channel Training through the Home Office Website in October 2018.
We spend a great deal of time teaching the children how to stay safe online and use the acronym SMART to support this for the children.
Please see the links below as a useful source of information.