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Safeguarding

Information for parents/carers

At Parkside Middle School we strive to make sure all our students are safe in school, at home, on line and in the community. Our staff are here to keep young people safe and secure and to promote their personal safety and wellbeing.

Our commitment to safeguarding encompasses ways which we ensure children and young people foster security, confidence and independence. The school has a duty of care and the right to take reasonable action to ensure the welfare and safety of its pupils. If a member of staff has cause to be concerned that a child may be subject to ill treatment, neglect or any other form of abuse, the school will follow child protection procedures and inform Children’s Services of its concern.

A clear policy on Safeguarding is available below and is reviewed by staff and school governors on an annual basis.

Our safeguarding policy.

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Working Together to Safeguard Children

This school believes that it is always unacceptable for a child to experience abuse of any kind. We recognise our responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children.

We will provide staff and volunteers with guidance to follow when they suspect a child may be experiencing abuse or at risk of harm. We will work co-operatively with other agencies to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with parents/carers first - unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.

The Designated Safeguarding Lead for child protection is Mrs R Jenkin, Deputy Headteacher.

The Deputy Designated Person for child protection is Mr S Swaffield, Pastoral Manager and Mrs K Varley, Welfare Manager.

The Governors with responsibility for child protection are Mrs C Simmons and Mrs V Bradley.

We review our policy and procedures on an annual basis.

Disclosure & Barring Checks

Parkside Middle School meets statutory requirements in relation to Disclosure & Barring Service – all staff and volunteers who work at Parkside Middle School are required to undergo an enhanced DBS check prior to employment.

Training

All Parkside staff and governors undertake relevant safeguarding training and receive annual updates as appropriate. Our safeguarding training includes a specific focus on Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and the Prevent Strategy.

Prevent Strategy

From July 2015 all schools (as well as other organisations) have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism. Prevent is part of CONTEST, a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist or extremist causes. This means we have a responsibility to protect children from extremist and violent views the same way we protect them from drugs or gang violence. Importantly, we can provide a safe place for pupils to discuss these issues so they better understand how to protect themselves.

There are many things that we already do in school to help pupils become positive, happy members of society that support the Prevent Strategy.

These include:

  • Exploring other cultures and religions promoting diversity
  • Challenging prejudices and racist comments
  • Developing critical thinking skills and a strong, positive self-identity
  • Promoting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils, as well as British values such as democracy

We will also protect children from the risk of radicalisation, for example by using filters on the Internet to make sure they can’t access extremist and terrorist material, or by vetting visitors who come into school to work with pupils.

If you have any questions or concerns about The Prevent Strategy and what it means for your child, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

You will find more information about radicalisation in our safeguarding policy, available on our website. We also have information about the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and British values on the school website. British values include:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of Law
  • Individual liberty and mutual respect
  • Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

External sources:

The following sources may be useful for further information:

Prevent duty guidance: for England and Wales, HM Government

Frequently asked questions, Prevent For Schools

What is Prevent? Let’s Talk About It

Keep them safe is a free online learning tool from Pace

Victvs Parents Guide to Extremism and Radicalisation