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Safeguarding

 If you’re worried that a child or young person is at risk or is being abused, report it.

Our pupils are continually taught and encouraged to live healthy lifestyles and adopt safe practices. Our safeguarding policies and practices help to ensure that they are safe, happy and healthy.

School policies are in place to ensure that there is a consistent approach to practices throughout the school and that they are followed by staff, governors and volunteers.

Adults have a tremendous impact on young children and, with this in mind, adults at Ashfield Park Primary:

  • are good role models for children
  • enjoy their work and working with children
  • are conscientious and hard-working
  • recognise and value strengths in each other and use these to support everyone
  • work within the agreed policies of the school
  • promote a happy, caring and safe school
  • encourage children to think for themselves, ask questions and find answers
  • create an environment of trust whereby children are trusted to work seriously
  • challenge and support children in their learning.

In addition, there are many policies in place to safeguard our children, including:

Child Protection

This is sensitive area in which all staff receive regular training. Ashfield Park Primary School and other services for children and families all work together to support the needs of children. There are four designated officers for child protection in school: Mr. Kendrick, Mrs. Oates, Mrs. Yearsley and Mrs. Reid. There is also a named governor for child protection. Read our  which you will find in our policy section along with other useful parents guidelines on internet safety and prevent. Our policy is reviewed annually in line with any changes that may have been made to the model policy by the safeguarding team, or to reflect other changes and best practice. This is to ensure the integration of current issues and good practice.

 Domestic Violence

Ashfield Park Primary School works closely with the local authority social services team and the police to support children who are resident in households where there are incidents of domestic violence and abuse. Confidential information is provided to schools on any incidents of domestic violence and abuse, which occur within a child’s household that might have an impact on a child whilst he or she is in school.

We know that children can be significantly physically or emotionally hurt, either by being present in the house or directly witnessing an incident of domestic violence. A member of the school staff is trained to use the information that has been shared, in confidence, so that the school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children or their families. We are keen to offer the best possible support to our pupils and we believe this is beneficial for all those involved.

Attendance

Children’s attendance at school is monitored on a daily basis and notable absences or patterns of absences are followed up by school and in more serious cases the Attendance Team.

Behaviour

High standards of behaviour are expected in our school. Our Positive Behaviour Policy sets out how we promote good behaviour and deal with any problems. Our children are often reminded about our school rules and they know that we have them in order for everyone to be happy and keep safe.

Health and Safety

Everyone at Ashfield Park Primary knows they have a responsibility to ensure children and adults are able to work in a healthy and safe environment. We have several first-aiders amongst our staff – they deal with illnesses and accidents should they occur.

Curriculum

Through the planned curriculum, we ensure that the issues of healthy eating, physical exercise and safety are taught. This aspect is enhanced by themed weeks and many visitors to school e.g. police officers who talk to the children about issues such as road safety, safe people and drugs awareness. See the safeguarding overview in the policies section of this website for more information.

E-Safety and Social Media

The aim of this guidance is to inform all staff of best practice around e-safety and draw attention to existing local and national guidance on this subject so that we can maintain the safest possible learning and working environments for children and staff alike. The document has been created in line with local authority guidance.

Acceptable Use of ICT

This policy states what is acceptable in terms of use of hardware, use of the internet and publishing content. It is intended for all ICT users at Ashfield Park Primary: staff, children, governors etc. Acceptable use of ICT is defined as activities that provide children with appropriate learning experiences or that allow adults to enhance their own professional development.

Safer Recruitment and Selection

This aspect is taken very seriously. Governors and the school ensure that all staff new to the school and volunteers who work in school on a regular basis undertake a DBS check and full references are acquired before the person takes up post. Senior staff have undertaken safer recruitment training.

Complaints

If parents have any complaints, we will listen to your concerns and follow up any issues. The school is committed to working closely with parents / carers for the benefit of the children – no problem is too small. There is a clear procedure in place; the Head Teacher, Mr. Kendrick, will always be happy to meet with you and help resolve any issues and if you continue to feel an issue has not been resolved then you could contact our Governing Body. We have a Complaints Procedure Policy in our policies section of this website