Abbey Meads Community Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Child protection forms part of the school’s safeguarding responsibilities. Child protection is at the core of all we do and we will recruit our staff following safe recruiting procedures. All staff, governors and volunteers, including parent helpers, will be DBS checked before they can work or help in our school. Our staff will be trained in safeguarding, child protection and first aid procedures. The governors will regularly check the school site and procedures to ensure there is a very high standard of safety. Risk assessments will be in place for generic activities and school visits. Abbey Meads Community Primary School will review its emergency procedures and policies on a regular basis and we will have termly fire drills. Across the curriculum there will be many opportunities for the children to learn about safety e.g. road safety, fire safety, stranger danger and online safety.
Our school provides a safe, caring, positive and stimulating environment, free from discrimination or bullying, promoting the physical, moral and social development of the individual child, where children can learn and develop happily.
We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and will follow procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with parents/carers first. However, there may be a rare occasion when our concerns about your child may mean we have to consult other agencies even before we contact you. The procedures which we follow are laid down by the Swindon Safeguarding Partnership and we have a number of policies and procedures in place, that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and Prevent Policy.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:
protecting children from maltreatment;
preventing impairment of children’s mental and physical health or development;
ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
All adults working in our school maintain an attitude of 'it could happen here'. We recognise that staff, because of their contact with and knowledge of children in their care, are well placed to identify abuse or neglect and offer support to children in need.
We will contact parents/carers should safeguarding concerns arise about their child, unless to do so would increase the risk of harm to the child. In this instance, we take further advice and guidance from our children’s social care team.
We maintain contemporaneous records of all safeguarding and child protection concerns, actions and communications.
Worried about a child?
Our safeguarding team:
Worried about an adult who works or volunteers with children?
Please contact our Safeguarding Lead – Mr Buckley – and NO ONE
else on the staff - if you have a Safeguarding concern about an
adult working or volunteering in the school.
You can also contact the CEO of The Blue Kite Academy Trust – Mr Gary Evans, if you are unable to discuss this with Mr Buckley.
Other useful contact numbers:
Swindon Borough Council Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
Telephone: 01793 466903 (normal office hours)
NSPCC 0808 800 5000
Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command 0370 496 7622 – for reporting concerns about online abuse
Childline 0800 1111
If you believe a child to be in immediate danger and cannot contact the school or MASH, call 999.
If you or a child are a victim, or at risk of domestic violence, you are allowed to leave home and seek refuge.