Safeguarding at Morley Primary
Celebrating 'Odd Sock Day' in support of anti-bullying week November 2017. The theme was 'Everybody Different, Everyone the Same'.
The Kindness Elves have also been visiting school. Each day the children have a kindness challenge to ensure that we think about others' feelings and how we can help to make everyone's lives better. We have given compliments, tidied our bedrooms, held doors open, and remembered to say 'please' and 'thank you'.
Safeguarding is one of the most important areas of our work. Every effort is made to ensure that all pupils are kept safe during the school day, and also that we support pupils in developing an understanding of how to keep themselves safe. At Morley Primary we expect all staff, governors, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment and maintain a vigilant and safe environment.
We expect all adults to work in a safe manner and challenge inappropriate behaviour. Everyone is expected to adhere to the ‘Code of Conduct for Safer Working Practice’ and the DfE’s ‘Guidance for Safer Working Practice for Adults who work with Children and Young People in Educational Settings (2015) which are available on the school’s website. It is a key principle of our code of conduct that everyone understands their responsibility to share without delay concerns they may have about a child’s welfare or an adult’s behaviour towards a young person. In addition, everyone has a responsibility to escalate their concerns to the Local Authority Designated Officer (‘whistle blow’) if they feel that safeguarding concerns they have raised about a child or adult working at the school are not being addressed by the school.
From first contact with the school, all adults working with children - school staff, visiting professionals, volunteers in school and student placements - are rigorously checked using the Disclosure and Barring service, the Disqualification by association documents and, for all staff, references are collated, and for teachers, the online prohibition check is completed. Vacancies are advertised in accordance with safeguarding principles and Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE 2016). A detailed document - the school central record - is kept updated and contains all statutory evidence.
The school has a wealth of safeguarding documents: policies, procedures and recommendations. This includes the Local Authority's S175 Safeguarding Audit which is completed annually. These are all held in the Headteacher's office. All staff have identity badges, and there is a visitors book for all visitors to school to sign, and a Stay Safe at Morley leaflet which we have produced. All visitors must sign in and wear the school’s visitor badge. In addition, visiting professionals will also be expected to show and wear their photo ID badge provided by their employer. Everyone is reminded it is a criminal offence to seek work whether paid or voluntary, having been barred or convicted of offences and deemed unsuitable to work with children.
Our Vice Chair (and Anti-Bullying Governor) and our Safeguarding/Child Protection Governor undertake a rigorous audit of practice and policies each year to ensure that all our safeguarding work is up to date (24/1/17).
All staff and Governors undertake annual safeguarding training which includes Child Protection information, safer recruitment, Health and Safety, risk assessments, medical issues, Channel and PREVENT. Channel and PREVENT are part of the Government's scheme to ensure that children and families are kept safe from radicalisation and extremism. Pupils will also be supported in this way with curriculum content suited to their age and ability. Some of this is identifiable from the curriculum plans, and other aspects come into areas such as Citizenship and Online Safety.
Please ask if you would like further detail.
The children have regular work in Online Safety, which feeds into other areas of the curriculum, and in Road Safety and Health Education.
Safeguarding discussion topics with pupils
(some of these areas were raised by the children)
Online safety - who is online
Being out alone
Keeping safe - who can you trust
Who can I talk to if I have a problem
Responding to issues in the media
Our Campaign to Make the A608 Safer
Children, staff, parents, our MP, and the community are campaigning to make the A608, the road outside school, safer by asking the County Council to move the 40mph sign further away from school, and round the corner, so that motorists cannot see it as they pass school, and therefore speed up. There have been several incidents on the road. We would also like cameras on the puffin crossing by the school gate as many motorists travel at more than 30mph, and there have been too many who have gone straight through the red light. Some of our children and parents have been very lucky not to have been hit. Mr Hardyal Dhindsa, our Police and Crime Commissioner, visited school to see for himself how dangerous the road is.
Derbyshire Local Authority has worked closely with Derbyshire Police to set up a new system for early reporting of domestic violence. The following is information for parents relating to this area:
This school will receive from Derbyshire Police a notification of every incident that has been reported to them or known to them of domestic abuse where a child is known to be living in the household.
This is a Derbyshire Police initiative working with Derbyshire County Council Childrens Services. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and this is to help schools with responses to domestic abuse by helping them support children and their families exposed to or involved in domestic abuse.
This may mean talking to pupils about their experiences, raising awareness through classroom discussion and schools activities, helping victims and families by providing to them signposting information.
This school is committed to protecting children and young people and working with partners to stop domestic abuse.