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.
Please see the policy below for more information.