Safeguarding

Dormanstown Primary Academy’s whole-school Child Protection Policy aims to provide clear direction to staff and others about expected codes of behaviour in dealing with child welfare concerns.  The policy also aims to make explicit the school’s commitment to the development of good practice and sound procedures to keep children safe in our school. This policy recognises that abuse can occur in all communities and contexts and that all staff have a responsibility and the opportunity to support children, in sharing concerns and worries in school to feel safe. The whole school culture of vigilance in Dormanstown Primary creates a safe space where children are supported, listened to and valued in what they choose to share and that ALL staff act immediately with the necessary level of intervention to create the most effective outcome for every individual child.

The purpose of the policy is, therefore, to ensure that our children’s welfare is of paramount importance, early and additional help is offered to prevent escalation and where child protection concerns are identified referrals are handled sensitively, professionally and in ways that support the needs of the child’s well-being.

If you have any concerns around a child during academy hours then please contact Mrs Gillian Wilson (Designated Safeguarding Lead), Mrs Alison Hill (Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead) or Mrs Sharon Sherwood (Pastoral, Welfare and Inclusion Lead) on 01642 483696.

Outside of these hours, please contact the Multi Agency Children’s Hub on 01642 130700, email: RedcarMACH@redcar-cleveland.gov.uk or contact the police (if necessary). 

Safeguarding is an integral part of our curriculum in school, being promoted in our Relationships Education Knowledge Organisers and Knowledge Sequencing document. These include features of healthy relationships, family relationships and other relationships which young children are likely to encounter. Children are made aware of features of relationships that are likely to lead to happiness and security as well as recognise less positive relationships if they encounter them. We have a whole school e-safety scheme using Common Sense Education whose content addresses online safety and this is also embedded through our Computing curriculum. It aims to support children to use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly, recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour and identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.  Our assembly themes and whole school events also promote how to stay safe, including the use of outside speakers (e.g. fire brigade, road safety) as well as theme weeks/days (e.g. Anti-Bullying Week, Safer Internet Day). Posters around school encourage children to talk to staff if they don’t feel safe or if something is worrying them.

Useful Information

Act Early (ACT Early | Prevent radicalisation ) This is the link to Counter Terrorism Policing PREVENT website which provides information on spotting the signs of radicalisation and how you can get safeguarding support if you think a loved one or friend is at risk. ACT Early | Prevent radicalisation

Internet Matters ( Information, Advice and Support to Keep Children Safe Online It was established to help parents keep their children safe online and provides lots of useful practical advice across a wide age range all aimed and keeping young people safe online. Information, Advice and Support to Keep Children Safe Online (internetmatters.org)

Barnardos  Barnardos run specialist services for children and young people who have engaged in harmful sexual behaviour or area risk of or experiencing child sexual abuse and exploitation. Believe in children | Children’s charity | Barnardo’s

Childline Childline is a free, private, and confidential service where children and young people can talk about anything either on the phone or online. Childline provides information and advice on a range of topics including nudes and semi-nudes and, with the IWF, offers Report Remove, a tool to help under 18s in reporting images and videos to get them removed from the internet. Childline also includes online safety advice for deaf children and young people. Childline | Childline

Childnet  Childnet provides free online safety information, advice and educational resources for young people, professionals and parents and carers. This includes session plans on online sexual harassment, healthy relationships and the sharing of nudes and semi-nudes. Learning resources for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities(SEND) are also available. Childnet – Childnet

NCA-CEOP – Thinkuknow is the online safety education programme from the National Crime Agency. It provides information and advice for parents and carers and children and young people on sex, relationships and the internet. Thinkuknow – home

This article shares information on how to report unwanted content online. https://parentinfo.org/article/supporting-your-child-with-reporting-unwanted-content-online

NSPCC The NSPCC provides training and guidance for professionals and advice for parents and carers across a range of child safeguarding topics. The NSPCC also provides services that work to protect children against sexual abuse and free teaching resources and lesson plans that explore healthy relationships, concerning or abusive behaviour, and sharing images online. Learning resources for children and young people with SEND are also available. NSPCC Learning home

Useful information

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Child Protection Policy
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