The governors and staff at Bishop Ellis Primary School recognise that child protection is the responsibility of all staff. A copy of the school’s policy is attached below. Please read this policy so you are aware of procedures and responsibilities.
There is a process, called Encompass, which is used to inform schools when the police have attended an incident of domestic violence or abuse, where domestic abuse incidents have occurred in the homes of their pupils since the previous school day (see Encompass attachment below).
Extract from the school’s policy:
2 Safeguarding Commitment
2.1 The school adopts an open and accepting attitude towards children as part of its responsibility for pastoral care. Staff encourage children and parents to feel free to talk about any concerns and to see school as a safe place when there are difficulties. Children’s worries and fears will be taken seriously, and children are encouraged to seek help from members of staff.
2.2 Our school will therefore:
Establish and maintain an ethos where children feel secure and are encouraged to talk, and are listened to;
Ensure that children know that there are adults in the school whom they can approach if they are worried or are in difficulty;
Include in the curriculum activities and opportunities for PSHE/Citizenship which equip children with the skills they need to stay safe from abuse (including online), and to know to whom they can turn for help;
Ensure every effort is made to establish effective working relationships with parents and colleagues from other agencies;
Operate safer recruitment procedures and make sure that all appropriate checks are carried out on new staff and volunteers who will work with children, including identity, right to work, enhanced DBS criminal record and barred list (and overseas where needed), references, and prohibition from teaching or managing in schools (s.128).
2.3 Safeguarding in the Curriculum
Children are taught about safeguarding in school (age and content appropriate). The following areas are among those addressed in PSHE and in the wider curriculum:-
Drugs, alcohol and substance abuse
E Safety / Internet safety
Fire and water safety
Domestic violence / Relationships / Consent
So- called Honour Based Violence issues (HBV) e.g. forced marriage, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
Sexual exploitation of children (CSE), including online
Preventing Extremism and Radicalisation