Introduction to safeguarding at our school
Holy Trinity CE Primary School and Community Nursery is committed to safeguarding and promoting the physical, mental and emotional welfare of every pupil, both inside and outside of the school premises. We implement a whole-school preventative approach to managing safeguarding concerns, ensuring that the wellbeing of pupils is at the forefront of all action taken. We regularly work with CAHMS, the School Mental Health Team, councillors, the NHS, Early Help and the police to ensure pupil safety and wellbeing.
The school sets out a clear and consistent framework for delivering this promise, in line with safeguarding legislation and statutory guidance. It will be achieved by:
- Ensuring that members of the governing board, the headteacher and staff understand their responsibilities under safeguarding legislation and statutory guidance, are alert to the signs of child abuse, and know to refer concerns to the DSL.
- Teaching pupils how to keep safe and recognise behaviour that is unacceptable.
- Identifying and making provision for any pupil that has been subject to, or is at risk of, abuse, neglect, or exploitation.
- Creating a culture of safer recruitment by adopting procedures that help deter, reject or identify people who might pose a risk to children.
- Ensuring that the headteacher and any new staff and volunteers are only appointed when all the appropriate checks have been satisfactorily completed.
Who do I contact at school if I have a safeguarding concern?
The DSL is John Firkin. In the absence of the DSL, child protection matters will be dealt with by the deputy DSL, Keryn Walden, Fiona Daykin, Alana Fordham, Matthew Ryan.
DSL (ID 1118)
John FirkinDesignated Safeguarding Leader & Assistant Headteacher
Keryn WaldenDeputy Designated Safeguarding Leader & Family Support Worker
Fiona DaykinDeputy Designated Safeguarding Leader & Headteacher
Alana FordhamDeputy Designated Safeguarding Leader & Deputy Headteacher
Matthew RyanDeputy Designated Safeguarding Leader & Assistant Headteacher
How do I make contact if I have a concern?
If a parent/carer or a member of the general public, has a concern regarding the welfare of a child then there are various organisations to contact:
Holy Trinity C of E Primary School & Community Nursery Staff Member:
DSL – John Firkin - email@example.com
Family Support – Keryn Walden - firstname.lastname@example.org
This email address can be used to contact the school about any safeguarding issues, concerns, queries or support and is monitored regularly. If you would prefer to speak to someone then contact the school office on 01305783200 who can then put you in contact with the DSL.
Children’s Services – Children’s Advice and Duty Service (ChAD):
Family Partnership Zone
Useful information about support and activities for families in Dorset –https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/children-families/get-help-for-your-family/getting-help-for-your-family
To report a child missing, telephone the Police by dialling 101 or in an emergency 999.
Useful links for parents
Apps for wellbeing - Some fun and calming apps to help with relaxation and wellbeing.
Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre – Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre delivers a multi-agency service dedicated to tackling the exploitation of children
Childnet – Childnet International’s mission is to work in partnership with others around the world to help make the Internet a great and safe place for children.
CEOP thinkuknow – Find the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology. Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it.
NSPCC Online Safety – The NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) provides E-Safety advice and support in a digital world.
https://www.talktofrank.com/ - Honest information about drugs and addiction
https://www.nspcc.org.uk/ - The NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) Advice on keeping children safe.
https://www.youngminds.org.uk/ - Fighting for young minds mental health/
https://refuge.org.uk/ - Empowering women to live without fear or violence.
https://anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/ - Advice on bullying.
https://www.nhs.uk/ - NHS website offering support and services.
https://www.barnardos.org.uk/ - We provide a range of services to help and support families across the UK, working with organisations and professionals so that children get the best start in life.