Safeguarding Children

At William Martin Schools we believe that we can best safeguard children through working towards the prevention of problems. We do this through the creation of a positive school ethos, teaching, and the pastoral support offered to children. Most importantly safeguarding begins with the building of positive relationships with parents and carers to help minimalise the impact of the difficulties families may have. 

William Martin School is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for children, staff and visitors and promoting a climate where children and adults will feel confident about sharing any concerns which they may have about their own safety or the well-being of others. We aim to safeguard and promote the welfare of children by protecting them from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

Who's who?

Our Designated Safeguarding Officers are:

Janet Matthews
Headteacher 
     
Anna Harvey
Inclusion Support Manager
Bonnie Jones
Inclusion Mentor
Claire Kearney
Deputy Headteacher
Andrew Jacobs 
Deputy Headteacher

All other staff are trained to identify and report any concerns they have to the designated safeguarding officers. This training is updated annually.

What do we do?

Keeping Children safe in School

Keeping Records
In line with good practice records are kept of:
Discussions/observations with a child, 
Discussions/observations with a parent,  
Discussions/observations made by school staff,

Decisions and actions taken (signed and with time and date  noted).
All confidential records are kept securely.

Making Referrals
Anyone who has concerns about a child's welfare can make a referral to a local authority children's social care service. Referrals can come from the child themselves, professionals such as teachers, the police, GPs and health visitors as well as family members and members of the public. Local authority children's social care has the responsibility to clarify with the referrer the nature of the concerns and how and why they have arisen.

Curriculum
Through all areas of the curriculum we encourage children to think about how to stay safe: At home, crossing the road, out on their own, or on the internet. Regular PHSE lessons, Philosophy sessions or ICT topics can provide especially good opportunities for children to discuss these issues.

The Role of the Governing Body
The Governing Body has a duty to ensure that the school meets its statutory responsibilities and ensure the the children and young people attending school are safe.

Attendance
In addition to the statutory responsibility to record the attendance of children it is important that Governors follow up the processes for absence. An important risk factor in abuse and neglect is poor school attendance and tackling that is a key aspect of managing children's safety.

School Security 

The Governing body are responsible for ensuring that the school is a safe place. Managing the school perimeter and access to buildings is a significant aspect of security, as is the management of staff and visitors to the school. 

 

During the school day, the school gates will remain locked and visitors can only enter when admitted by the reception staff. On entry, staff should be able to prevent access to the school to visitors without satisfactory identification and a reason for their visit. Visitors to the school will be asked to wear a visitors badge so that they can be identified. 

 

Safer Recruitment

A key aspect of safeguarding is the vetting of applicants and prospective volunteers working with children to make sure they are suitable.

Governing bodies must be clear about the checking and vetting processes, before shortlisting, during the interviews and afterwards. They should be assured there are effective processes in place for arranging checks, including DBS, identity, right to work in the UK and any required overseas police checks.

The Governing Body must reassure itself that all appropriate suitability checks have been undertaken and that the school keeps a single central record, detailing the range of checks it has carried out on its staff.

The Prevent Strategy is is aimed at addressing the factors that cause people to become involved in terrorism or violent extremism.

Keeping Safe on the Internet
The internet is undoubtedly an enormous source of information and entertainment for children. However, children are more vulnerable than ever before to abuse through the internet through issues such as cyberbullying and grooming. It is most important that children, parents and school staff understand the potential dangers of using the internet while making the most of the opportunities it provides.