Mrs Wood is our Designated Safeguarding Lead, Mrs Mansfield is the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead.
Mrs Shearer is the Safeguarding Governor.
If you are concerned that a child is at risk if significant harm then call 01629 533190
“Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility: all Staff, (Governors and Volunteers) should play their full part in keeping children safe”
Safeguarding of children and the promotion of fundamental British values are a core business of our work at St Oswald’s. Great importance is place on identifying opportunities in the taught curriculum for children to learn about safeguarding. Our curriculum gives children opportunities;
- to experience life in all it diversity;
- to acquire knowledge, understanding and skills that significantly impact on personal development, behaviour and welfare
- and equips every child with the knowledge and skills required for personal safeguarding.
We plan constantly to challenge children to think deeply about safeguarding matters and their own personal physical and mental wellbeing. We look at the following themes;
- Managing emotional needs,
- online safety
- what makes a family,
- stereotyping, bullying, water safety,
- dangers of extremism,
- substance misuse,
- stranger danger,
As a result the children’s safeguarding knowledge is deepened. We value pupils’ questions and give them space for their own thoughts, ideas and concerns. We give them opportunities across the curriculum to explore values, personal rights, responsibilities and equal opportunities that develop moral concepts that impact positively on safeguarding, promote British values and preventing radicalisation and extremism.
Our curriculum shows how we explore safeguarding issues- we use books to support a lot of the teaching as well as theatre groups who undertake workshops with the children to explore safeguarding themes.
Practical safeguarding opportunities are planned into the curriculum. For example;
- road safety (including out of school visits and scootabliity/balance ability)
- poolside safety through swimming lessons
- water safety through the RNLI
- fire awareness and safety
- safe use of technology (information can be found in the children’s section about how we teach Online safety)
Our Safeguarding Curriculum can be found following this link.St Oswald’s Safeguarding Curriculum 2018
We have developed an open and safe environment in which pupils express their views, seek help and help others. The exceptionally well planned promotion of equal opportunity and diversity of pupils and staff, help prevent any form of direct or indirect discriminatory behaviour. Our children learn to not tolerate any prejudiced behaviour. Our behaviour policy promotes making good choices and the consequence of making choices.
Our Policies linked to safeguarding our children can be found here;
Prevent is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist or extremist causes. Many of the things we do in school to help pupils become positive, happy members of society also contribute to the Prevent Strategy.
Supporting children worried about terrorism
Talking about terrorism: tips for parents
Children are exposed to news in many ways, and what they can see can worry them. Our advice can help you have a conversation with your child:
- listen carefully to a child’s fears and worries
- offer reassurance and comfort
- avoid complicated and worrying explanations they could be frightening and confusing
- help them find advice and support to understand distressing events and feelings
- children can always contact Childline free and confidentially on the phone and online.
- it’s also important to address bullying and abuse following terrorist attacks.
- some children my feel targeted because of their faith or appearance.
Look for signs of bullying, and make sure that they know they can talk to you about it. Often children might feel scared of embarrassed, so reassure them it’s not their fault that this is happening an they can always talk to you or another adult they can trust. Alert your child’s school so that they can be aware of the issue.
Dealing with offensive or unkind comments about a child’s faith or background.
if you think this is happening, it’s important to intervene. calmly explain that comments like this are not acceptable. Your child should also understand that someone’s beliefs do not make them a terrorist. Explaining that most people are as scare and hurt by the attacks as your child is. You could ask them how they think the other child felt, or ask them how they felt when someone said something unkind to them. Explain what you will do next, such as telling your child’s school, and what you expect the to do.
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
If you are under the age of 16 (18 if you are disabled) and your parents have asked someone who is not a close relative to look after you for 28 days or more, you may be in a private fostering arrangement. If this is the case the person who looks after you is called a private foster carer.
St Oswald’s C.E. Primary school creates a culture of safe recruitment and, as part of that, adopts the LA Recruitment and Selection Policy that helps deter, reject or identify people who might abuse children from working in any capacity at, or visiting the school.
This is based on checks and evidence such as:
Criminal record checks (DBS) checks for staff and volunteers that engage in regulated activity.
Barred List checks
Teacher Prohibition checks
References, employment history and interview information
Professional Qualification Evidence
Identity verification (e.g.) Passport, driving license, Birth certificate, address confirmation
Mental and physical fitness to carry out their work (interview & preemployment declaration of health)
Right to work un the UK verification
Schools keep a Single Central Record (SCR) as a register of information of all the above checks on staff and volunteers. This document is scrutinised & checked during an OFSTED inspection.
Contractors, Coaches and other visitors on the school site are checked according to the level of contact (unsupervised, supervised) contact with children.
All Governors are required to undertake a DBS check.
You can contact child line about anything. No problem is too big or too small.
Call free on 0800 1111 or get in touch online. However you choose to contact us you are in control. It’s confidential and you don’t have to five your name if you don’t want to.
Offers some helpful information for parents and carers on a range of issues, such as internet safety, protecting children at home and positive parenting tips.
tel; 0808 800 5000
If you think that bullying is just part of everyday school life you are wrong. No-one deserves to be bullied and you shouldn’t ignore the problem.
A national charity that works for, and with, parents. It works to offer help and support through an innovative range of free, flexible, responsive services.
tel; 0808 800 2222
Helps all kinds of families to cope with q wide range of issues including poverty, abuse and homelessness.
tel; 01268 520224
Gives information for parents on a range of ways children can be bullied including cyber bullying and gives advice on keeping children safe online.
tel 020 77303300
Missing Person Helpline
tel; 0500 700 700
National Drugs Helpline
Parents against Sexual exploitation (PACE)
Free E Learning course for parents and carers on sexual exploitation aimed at raising awareness, identifying signs and providing advice on what to o if you have concerns. Go to the website at www.safeguardingchildrenea.co.uk
Women’s Aid Federation
the key national charity working to end domestic violence against women and children. Support a network of over 500 domestic and sexual violence services across the UK.
tel; 08547 023 468
website; https: www.womensaid.org.uk
Information and support for parents on how to help with your child’s learning, including advice on choosing a school and finding childcare.