Safeguarding & Child Protection
Our Safeguarding Policy can be found here
New Swannington Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We strive to ensure that consistent effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at school.
- The Designated Safeguarding Lead: Judy Ramsell, Headteacher
- The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads: Karen Palumbo, Janine Jenner and Emma Mitchell
- The Safeguarding Governor: Fiona Curtis
All staff and governors, including temporary staff and volunteers are subject to stringent background checks including clearance with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to ensure their suitability for working with children.
Whilst the prime focus of New Swannington Primary School is to ensure enjoyable, high quality education provision for every child, the school believes that the safety, welfare and care of children is paramount. We are, therefore, committed to the highest standards in protecting and safeguarding the children entrusted into our care at all times.
New Swannington is a part of the Operation Encompass initiative which is co-ordinated by the Leicestershire Police and Leicestershire County Council.
We ensure that arrangements are in place for:
• all reasonable measures to be taken to minimise the risks of harm to children’s welfare;
• all appropriate actions to be taken to address concerns about the welfare of a child, or children, working to agreed local policies and procedures in full partnership with other local agencies;
• all persons working at this school to be made aware of this policy. We recognise that some children may be the victims of neglect, physical, sexual or emotional abuse. Staff of the school will often, by virtue of their day-to-day contact and knowledge of the children, be well-placed to identify such abuse and offer support to children in need.
In order to protect our children, we aim to:
• create an atmosphere where all our children can feel secure, valued and listened to;
• recognise signs and symptoms of abuse;
• respond quickly and effectively to cases of suspected abuse;
• monitor and support children at risk;
• use the curriculum to raise children’s awareness, build confidence and skills;
• work closely with parent/carers and support external agencies;
• ensure that all adults within our school/service who have access to children have been checked as to their suitability.
New Swannington Primary School will support all children by:
• encouraging self-esteem and appropriate self-assertiveness whilst not condoning aggression or bullying;
• promoting a caring, safe and positive environment within the school;
• liaising and working together with all other support services and those agencies involved in the safeguarding of children;
• notifying Social Care Services via the approved mechanisms as soon as there is a significant concern;
• providing continuing support to a child about whom there have been concerns who leaves the school by ensuring that appropriate information is forwarded under confidential cover to the child’s new school.