The first question lots of parents ask is 'What is safeguarding?' One of the best definitions I have heard is:
'It's looking out for everybody and making sure everyone is ok. Like, asking Tommy how his family are because I know they are going through a tough time.'
A mid day supervisor
Safeguarding, as our insightful mid day supervisor points out, is about making sure everyone is ok and develops to the best of their ability. It is everyone's responsibility to ensure safeguarding is effective in school.
'Keeping Children Safe in Education' explains that safeguarding is:
Protecting children 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
Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes
We work hard in school to ensure safeguarding is effective. We do many things, a flavour of which is detailed below:
The first week of every academic year is always dedicated to the topic of 'Keeping Healthy, Staying Safe.' This topic is designed as a whole school project but is taught in an age sensitive manner (e.g. our youngest children learn about the importance of thorough teeth cleaning whilst our older children learn about the importance of regular exercise. Similarly, E-Safety is taught to all children but in a way that reflects the age of the children). Whilst this topic starts the year, it is not left there but is constantly reinforced throughout the year.
The school has a well thought through 'Relationships and Health Education' curriculum. For our younger children, this focusses on developing healthy friendships with their peers and how to have safe relationships with adults. For our older children, it moves on to a deeper understanding of what healthy relationships are. This is complemented in Year 6 where our children take part in the GREAT project that focusses on domestic violence. Similarly, our older children learn in greater depth how to keep themselves physically, and mentally, healthy. The mental health of our children is something we have taken seriously for a number of years. That is why we have employed the counselling service, Place2Be, since 2015.
Our Year 6 children take part in the DARE program to ensure they are aware of the dangers of drug abuse.
We aim to teach to the highest standard and to give our children access to the widest possible variety of opportunities. This includes a wide range of extra curricular sporting and musical opportunities. Our curriculum aims to develop our children into responsible, global citizens. We believe this approach will help our children feel a part of the global community and contribute to it. We believe this approach will develop a healthy, positive mindset.
We always follow statutory safeguarding policies and procedures, as well as ensuring the school site is safe and secure.
All schools must have a member of staff who has overall responsibility for safeguarding. This role is called the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL). At Burford, that role is filled by Mr Farrington, the headteacher. He has day to day responsibility for safeguarding, as well as being responsible for its strategic overview. If you have any safeguarding questions, or concerns, he is the best person to speak to. Ms Chapleo (DHT) and Miss Ashurst (AHT) are the school's deputy DSL's. They are fully qualified to deal with safeguarding concerns and do so in Mr Farrington's absence.
We have a safeguarding team in school who meet once a week to discuss safeguarding issues. The team is made up of Mr Farrington, Ms Chapleo, Miss Ashurst and Mr McGuire (Place2Be manager).
Rob Denzel is our lead safeguarding governor. He is assisted in this role by Mrs Vann and Mrs McGowan. This team of safeguarding governors monitor the quality of safeguarding provision in school. There is also a safeguarding team within the trust central team, and local authority, that is available to offer advice to the school's DSLs, as well as to monitor the quality of safeguarding within school.
Remember help is always available at school if you are having any problems online.
Don’t be afraid to talk to your teacher or another adult at school.
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