Safeguarding - protect from harm or damage with an appropriate measure
Bishopstone CE Primary School is committed to the promotion of welfare and safeguarding of all children and expects all staff and visitors to share this commitment. Our Safeguarding definition is - to protect from harm or damage with appropriate measure.
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead- Emma Lindsay, Headteacher
Our Deputy Safeguarding Leads- Jill Morris KS2 Teacher, Bethany Pearson EYFS/KS1 Teacher
Our Safeguarding Governor is Mrs Sally Pocock (Chair of Governors)
External safeguarding audits are: January 22 - SBC (last completed December 2020 version alongside staff and governors).
Sarah Turner Consultancy March 2021 (external discussion, audit and action plan completed from this). Next booked July 2022.
The school begun our anti-bullying 'KiVa' journey in September 2021. The results from the initial questionnaire with the children shows that they feel they are safe at school and that any bullying is reacted to by teachers quickly. Overview of results, click here.
Need-to-Know Guides - further information on a range of issues can be accessed through a series of guides:
Whole school Online Safety completed with Richard from 'the stay safe initiative' - April 2021. Parent information click here. Stay Safe website click here. This occurs annually, next one is booked for February 2022.
- Yearly update training on safeguarding and child protection to all staff- including training on Prevent and FGM.
- All staff are required to read and understand Part 1 of Keeping Children Safe in Education (most recently Sept21)
- Support Assistants complete NSPCC online course annually
- All teachers have completed Level 3 Safeguarding
- Prevent day course run by Wiltshire and Swindon Prevent Education 28/04/21
- Staff revisit areas of safeguarding through staff meetings. For example 19/04/21 was ACEs and early trauma. This is then fed into the next Governors meeting, so that we are all on the same rota of learning. 04/05/21 Childnet online. Link visits between gov and leads.
- Safer recruitment training renewed - May 21 - NSPCC online - Miss Lindsay, Miss Pearson and Mrs Pocock (chair of Governors)
- Reducing Parental Conflict - Miss Lindsay October 21
- Becoming Trauma Informed (CE led, year long course) - Miss Lindsay, start date September 21
- Mental Health Lead - Miss Lindsay January 2022
Health and Safety
- Our site and facilities are constantly monitored and maintained to provide a safe and secure environment for all staff, children and visitors.
- We undertake termly fire drills and plan for any possible emergency scenarios, guided by Swindon Borough Council.
- All staff attend a full First Aid training course and work in conjunction with our medical forms; as well as our school Nurse at SBC. Next full day course booked for July 2022.
- All staff and visitors on site are expected to sign in using our visitor management system and wear any relevant ID.
- All trips outside of the school are risk assessed and appropriate measures are put in place for the safety of our children.
- Any Health and Safety issues should be reported to Miss Lindsay or the school office immediately.
- Mrs Beales (school admin) also provides Health and Safety guidance within the school having worked in the industry for a number of years.
- Fire Awareness for all staff - January 2022.
Useful Contact Numbers
April 2021 - Currently the Government are looking into sexual abuse in education settings. A dedicated helpline to provide support and guidance to adults and children who have been victims of abuse has been set up. This builds on the publication of the Government’s Tackling Child Sexual Abuse Strategy in January. The number is:
NSPCC helpline: The new dedicated, confidential helpline is being run by the NSPCC and is available to current or past victims as well as parents, carers or professionals with concerns. The dedicated NSPCC helpline number is 0800 136 663, which is live from Thursday 1st April.
Swindon MASH - Family Contact Point - 01793 466903
The Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) is a team made up of officers from the police and the council who aim to protect vulnerable children and young people.
NSPCC safeguarding helpline- 0808 800 5000
School is a member of the Safer Schools App. This can be downloaded from the Apple/Google store for free and then the school access codes can be used to gain a wealth of online support and information about the digital world around our children. Please see the school office if you have any difficulties logging on.