'Governors and staff at Castletown Primary are committed to keeping our children safe - share that commitment'
Ensuring that your child feels safe and secure at school is a key priority. All staff, both teaching and non-teaching, receive regular training to make sure they have an up to date knowledge of current safeguarding best practice in school. This includes studying and learning from ‘serious case reviews’. Senior school leaders receive regular child protection training as part of safeguarding in school. Members of the Governing Body and the Head Teacher also receive regular ‘safer recruitment’ training to ensure the selection process to recruit new members of staff includes important safeguarding checks.
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mr. Lee Duncan
Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Mrs. Julie Stevens
Safeguarding Lead (EYFS)
Mrs. Joy Harvey
Designated Safeguarding Governor
Mr. Gareth Phillips
Areas of Safeguarding
Our safeguarding policies cover all areas of school life and include:
- Staff & Visitors - ensuring they are vetted, informed and trained.
- Children’s Behaviour - promoting safer and happier behaviours and lifestyles.
- Parents & Carers - promoting links and supporting families.
- Premises - keeping them safe, pleasant and fit for purpose.
- Curriculum - providing positive, life affirming learning experiences.
- Outside School - ensuring safer activities and environments outside school.
We follow strict procedures to ensure that everyone who works with our children is vetted, keeping our children as safe as possible. Ongoing checks and ‘whistle-blowing’ are in line with current policy.
Our school complies with the most recent statutory advice:
- All staff are trained in safeguarding and child protection issues and they are aware of the procedures to follow.
- Senior leaders in school are trained in safeguarding and child protection and they are aware of the procedures to follow.
- All staff are encouraged to be vigilant in order to maintain the safety of our children.
- All Staff are given a copy of the staff behaviour and child protection policies and are directed to the document ‘KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE IN EDUCATION September 2021’.
- All Staff receive training on Prevent.
- School Governors are provided with safeguarding training opportunities provided by the LA and school.
Child Protection with Safeguarding Policy
All staff have an up-to-date understanding of safeguarding children issues and are able to implement the safeguarding children policy and procedure appropriately. Policies are in line with current guidance and procedures.
Staff are able to respond appropriately to any:
- significant changes in children’s behaviour;
- deterioration in their general well-being;
- unexplained bruising, marks or signs of possible abuse;
- signs of neglect;
- comments children make which give cause for concern.
All staff are aware of the need to maintain privacy and confidentiality.
Click here to access the Keeping Children Safe in School Policy (Safeguarding our Children: Early Help through to Child Protection).
We have an obligation to obtain necessary information from parents in advance of a child being admitted to school, including:
- emergency contact numbers;
- the child’s special dietary requirements, preferences or food allergies the child may have;
- the child’s special health requirements;
- information about who has legal contact with the child; and who has parental responsibility for the child.
Written parental permission is requested, at the time of the child’s admission to the provision, to the seeking of any necessary emergency medical advice or treatment in the future.
PARENTS AND CARERS MUST TELL US OF ANY CHANGES TO THESE DETAILS.
We take confidentiality very seriously. Any information which we hold is treated as confidential and shared on a ‘need-to-know’ basis.
Links with External Agencies
Because our first concern must be the well-being of your child, there may be occasions when we have to consult other agencies before we contact you. The procedures we have to follow have been laid down in accordance with the local authority child protection procedures.
We are fortunate to be supported by a range of external agencies which can be called upon to support the work we do in school. These include School Nurse, Health Practitioners, Educational Psychology, Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services, Behaviour Support, Social Services and Specialists in supporting Special Educational Needs.
Reporting Concerns or Complaints
Further to the above procedures, we have in place a concerns and complaints policy. This enables children, staff and carers to report anything they feel is of concern.
Concerns should be raised in the following order.
- To the class teacher. Then, if there is no resolution;
- To the headteacher. Then, if there is no resolution;
- To the Chairman of Governors. Then, if there is no resolution;
- To the Local Authority.
Contact details are available from the school office.
Review of Policy and Practice
In order to ensure that best practice is maintained, our policies are reviewed regularly to incorporate the latest statutory guidance emerge.
If you would like more information on safeguarding, please contact the school for all our policies or view our policies section on our website.