What is safeguarding?
Safeguarding means everything to do with keeping children safe. For example it can be as simple as stopping children from running down corridors to making sure equipment and resources are working properly.
What is child protection?
Child Protection is when children are at risk of significant harm because they have been neglected or because of concerns to do with physical, emotional or sexual abuse. Such high level concerns are dealt with by the senior designated staff in schools. At Barlow Hall this is Jen McDougall and Jayne Kennedy. When we are informed or become worried about child protection concerns it is the school’s job to report our concerns to Children’s Services. We are not the investigating agency, that is another aspect of Children’s services, usually Social Services.
If you are concerned about a child’s well- being please contact Manchester’s Contact Centre on 0161 234 5001.
Accidents at school
- In the case of an accident all members of staff’s first course of action is to reassure the child and to ascertain the level of injury.
- We have designated First Aiders on the school site at all times.
- If your child has an accident in school the class teacher will inform you of the nature of the accident and the course of action taken.
- In cases of bumps to the head you may be telephoned or you will receive a letter depending upon the severity of the incident.
- If your child requires medical attention or is still unwell after a period of time we will telephone parents/carers to come into school. Therefore it is vital that we have up to date contact telephone numbers.
- All accidents are documented in line with Manchester local authority’s agreed procedures.
From the 1 July, the new Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 places a duty, known as the Prevent duty, on all schools and academies, to have due regard to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. All staff working in schools must know how to recognise, respond and refer children and young people who are vulnerable and at risk of radicalisation. Schools also have a key role in building children’s resilience to being drawn in to terrorism. All school staff undertook PREVENT Training at the beginning of September to help them further understand the responsibilities of Prevent and, as part of our Safety Week activities Year 6 children received Prevent training through the Citizen programme, led by a experienced external trainer. The key aims of this classroom-based session were:
To understand what extremism, radicalisation and terrorism is and how these issues may affect you and your community.
To learn how to recognise extremist threats and activity.
To know where and how to get help, support and advice about these issues.
All pupils engaged fully with the session, during which they were encouraged to make decisions for and offer advice to 'virtual' characters who were possibly being drawn into terrorism. Their participation was praised highly by the trainer Dean Coady OBE in a letter to the school:
"The children were polite, attentive and really engaged in the subject matter. It was apparent that the children had a really healthy respect for diversity and were honest in their interaction today."
Furthermore Barlow Hall's decision to provide this training for our pupils therefore fulfilling our responsibility was also highlighted by Dean Coady:
"As far as I know, and I might be wrong, but I am unaware of any Primary school in the area, that has had the foresight and courage to tackle this most sensitive of subjects head on, by actually having training delivered to their pupils."
KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE ONLINE AND AT HOME
For more advice on keeping your child safe online and at home please follow the CEOP/Parentzone link to ParentInfo.
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