Staindrop CE Primary School and Pre-School
Learning, Laughter & Friendship
Head Teacher: Mr S Whelerton
Acting Deputy Head: Mrs C Harland
Telephone: 01833 660 334
At Staindrop CE Primary School and Pre-School our first and foremost priority is keeping our children safe. In this section, you’ll find a list of school policies, actions and useful signposts that helps us as a school and you as parents, to keep our little ones safe.
As ever, if you do have a problem or need any further information, then please do get in touch and we’ll be delighted to help.
We will ensure that:
Our safeguarding policies cover all areas of school life and include:
We are all responsible for ensuring that each child remains safe, however the Designated Lead for Safeguarding is Mr. Whelerton.
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.
All Health and Safety Training Registers are held in school.
All staff have an up-to-date understanding of current Prevent Issues staff and are able to identify children who may be vulnerable to radicalisation.
Mr. Whelerton is the school Single Point of Contact and both Mr. Whelerton and Mrs Harland receive regular training on the Prevent Agenda.
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:
All staff are aware of the need to maintain privacy and confidentiality.
We have an obligation to obtain necessary information from parents in advance of a child being admitted to school, including:
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 & 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.
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.
Durham Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) is a statutory body which is independently chaired and consists of senior representatives of all the principal agencies and organisations working together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people in the County.
Our Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) is Sharon Lewis.
Details of Durham LSCB can be found on the DSCP website and provide an excellent resource for both parents and professionals.
Watch Chair of the Durham LSCB -Michael Banks’ update for the latest LCSB news in our area by clicking the link below:
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.
In order to ensure that best practice is maintained, our policies are reviewed at least regularly to incorporate the latest statutory guidance emerge.
Here, we’ll make sure we signpost you to any websites, or news items that may help you in supporting your child’s safety awareness.
Please keep revisiting this section as we’ll add to it regularly.
At Staindrop, one of our main resources in promoting Internet Safety is Kapow.
Kapow is a scheme in which children are exposed to online issues requiring a response such as meeting strangers, bullying, grooming and sexual exploitation.
Areas covered with Kapow Curriculum:
Clickjacking, Grooming, Sexual Exploitation, Emailing, Live Gaming, Web Cams & Live Streaming, Social Networking, People online, Radicalisation, Meeting Up Chat Rooms, Online Bullying, In-App Purchases, Online Safety for Students Teaching Internet Safety to Students, Internet Safety and Online Safety tips for kids, Online Bullying tips for children.
We also have regular visits from the local police force, who talk to our pupils about the dangers of internet/social media safety and support families and parents in monitoring pupils’ home use.
Kik messenger has become a popular app with some groups of pupils, however we have been warned by Durham Police that it is being used by offenders to groom children to obtain indecent photos and videos. Please be aware that :-
Parents may be aware that the LA and the Police have been in discussion for some time regarding an initiative to help locate children of primary school age who are reported by their parents/carers as missing from home.
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