At Racemeadow Primary Academy, we regard the safeguarding of children as our main priority. We believe that we all have the right to be happy, to be safe and to learn. We all have the responsibility to make this happen.
We will ensure that:
Our safeguarding policies cover all areas of school life and include:
We have a duty to ensure that we safeguard children across wide and varied aspects of children and families needs. These are set out in the government publication; Keeping Children Safe in Education, and are detailed as:
Plus the Specific Safeguarding Issues of:
We are all responsible for ensuring that each child remains safe, however the Designated Lead for Safeguarding is Mrs Everitt (Head of School). Mrs Collinson (Executive Headteacher) and Mrs Deeming are both Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads.
We follow strict procedures to ensure that everyone who works with our children is vetted, keeping our children as safe as possible. At least one senior member of staff is qualified in Safer Recruitment Procedures.
All staff have an up-to-date understanding of safeguarding children issues and are able to implement the safeguarding children policy and procedure appropriately. Policies are in line with current guidance and procedures. A copy of the policy is on our policies page.
Staff are able to respond appropriately to any:
All staff and volunteers are aware of the need to maintain privacy and confidentiality. Parents are informed via the school brochure, website and through newsletters in relation to our duty and procedures to protect their children.
We have an obligation to obtain necessary information from parents in advance of a child being admitted to school, including:
Written parental permission is requested, at the time of the child’s admission to the provision, to the seeking of any necessary emergency medical advice or treatment in the future.
PARENTS & CARERS MUST TELL US OF ANY CHANGES TO THESE DETAILS.
We take confidentiality very seriously. Any information which we hold is treated as confidential and shared on a ‘need-to-know’ basis.
Because our first concern must be the well-being of your child, there may be occasions when we have to consult other agencies before we contact you.
We are fortunate to be supported by a range of external agencies which can be called upon to support the work we do in school. These include School Nurse, Health Practitioners, Educational Psychology, Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services, Social Services and Specialists in supporting Special Educational Needs.
If you have a safeguarding concern, then this should be brought to the attention of Mrs Collinson or Mrs Everitt in the first instance.
In order to ensure that best practice is maintained, our policies are reviewed regularly to incorporate the latest statutory guidance.
If you would like more information on safeguarding, please contact Mrs Collinson, who will be happy to discuss matters further with you.
What to do if you are concerned about a child
If you are worried about any child and think they may be a victim of neglect, abuse or cruelty, contact the school or if you wish, you can contact MASH (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub) on 01926 414144.
The MASH Operating Times are:
If the concern can not wait until the MASH reopens and is an Emergency. Out of Hours contact the Emergency Duty Team on telephone number 01926 886922
In an emergency contact the Police by ringing 999.