Wroughton Infant School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
There is a strong culture of safeguarding. Children learn during lessons and in assemblies about how to keep themselves safe both while online and more generally. Training is in place for all staff and kept at a high profile through frequent discussion. Secure procedures are in place to check and manage recruitment. Staff identify those who may be at risk. They help reduce their risk of harm by acting quickly and working closely with a variety of agencies.
(Ofsted inspection October 2019)
The NSPCC describes safeguarding as the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm. It is a top priority at Eastrop.
- protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
- preventing harm to children’s health or development
- ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
- taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes
Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm.
Safeguarding children and child protection guidance and legislation applies to all children up to the age of 18.
We have a strong culture of safeguarding at Wroughton Infant School and recognise the importance of educating children to be safe too. Each term we have a different safeguarding theme which is shared with parents and carers via a safeguarding newsletter. In addition to this, the children have a safeguarding assemblies through which they explore the theme including ways to keep safe and healthy.
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is:
Mrs Cora Williams
Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are:
|Mrs Katie Dalton|
|Miss Coralee Sims|
Our Safeguarding Academy Committee Governor is:
Mrs Gemma Tyler
Reporting a concern
If you have a concern about a the welfare of a child please report it to:
* one of the named safeguarding leaders above
* a member of the NSPCC safeguarding helpline 0808 800 5000
* a member of Swindon's Multi Agency Hub 01793 466903
Our duty of care
All staff have a duty of care to report concerns when they arise. Parents and carers will be informed of such concerns unless to do so would increase the risk to the child.
An electronic record of any concern will be kept on file and shared with other safeguarding professionals as necessary. All records will be transferred to the children's new schools when they leave Wroughton Infants. Copies will not be kept on site.
Please click here to read our current Safeguarding and Child Protection policy.
What do we do?
To keep up-to-date with local and national statutory guidance, training, serious case reviews and best practice, we employ the services of an independent consultant, Sarah Turner. Sarah has supported us with an annual, external review of safeguarding and has provided outstanding, bespoke training for all members of staff here at Wroughton Infants.
- All members of staff receive Level 1 safeguarding training annually.
- Every member of staff is expected to read and understand Part 1 of Keeping Children Safe in Education as well as Annex A.
- All members of staff are expected to undertake online Prevent Duty training
- All members of staff are expected to read and follow Safer Working Practice guidance
- All members of staff are expected to read, understand and strictly follow the guidance in our Staff code of conduct.
- Mrs Williams, Miss Perry and Mrs Dalton have up to date Level 3 DSL training and keep up to date with Swindon's cre module training.
- Mrs Williams and Miss Perry have up to date Safer Recruitment training and Managing Allegations training.
- In staff meetings, we regularly review safeguarding scenarios and share termly safeguarding updates from Swindon Safeguarding Partnership, Safeguarding Network and Sarah Turner Consulting.
Domestic Violence and Encompass
Wroughton Infants is part of a project that runs jointly between schools and Wiltshire Police: ENCOMPASS. This is the way in which Wiltshire Police will report to schools, by the next school day, when a child or young person has affected by a domestic incident.
ENCOMPASS will ensure that a member of the school staff, known as a Key Adult, will be shared the information in confidence, while ensuring that the school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children, or their families, who have been involved in, affected or exposed to a domestic abuse incident.
We are keen to offer the best support possible to all our children and we believe this will be extremely beneficial for all those involved.
The wider context of Safeguarding
First Aid and Medicines
Please click this link to read our policy on Supporting Children with Medical Conditions.
We have a dedicated team of First Aiders here who receive paediatric first aid and first aid training regularly. We also work closely with our school nurse and receive specific training annually; this include asthma, espilepsy, epi pens for example,
A dedicated team of senior staff work hard to keep our premises safe and secure. We undertake fire drills regularly and we also have an emergency plan. The Health and Safety team is also responsible for ensuring that all trips that the children attend are properly risk assessed. When on site, all visitors are expected to sign in and out and must wear a Wroughton Infants' identification badge.
We expect all staff and volunteers to share our commitment to safeguarding. All staff and volunteers are expected to undertake an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. We also carry out identity, professional qualification and disqualification by association checks before any person undertakes any role within our school.
Through the South West Grid for Learning, we apply strong filters and safety systems on all our school computers and tablets. All internet use by children is overseen by a member of staff and we actively teach children about keeping safe online through our cross-curricular Computing curriculum.
Any action is taken in line with the following legislation/guidance:* Keeping Children Safe in Education
The CyberSmile Foundation - Help With Online Apps
How to Deal with Concerns
If you are concerned about your child’s safety please do come and speak to your child’s class teacher in school. If you are worried that a crime has taken place online involving your child then you can also report it to CEOP (a police led online crime and safety service).
CEOP always recommend the following:
- If you need urgent help, i.e. your child is in immediate danger such as meeting a stranger they have met online, then call 999;
- Don’t delete any emails, images or conversations related to this report;
- Don’t contact the suspect yourself: let the police do the detective work.
Most sites will also have their own report buttons or facility to block people and pages that cause you concern.