Keeping Children Safe in Education
West Monkton Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the well-being of our children and expects all staff, visitors and volunteers to share this commitment through a “culture of vigilance” across the school.
Safeguarding is about ensuring that everyone is safe from harm – safe from bullying, safe from people who could abuse, safe from discrimination or harassment – and that we all feel safe in our environment.
We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection Policy which can be viewed in the policies section of our website. We follow a rigorous recruitment process following the guidance of ‘safer recruitment’ and all prospective employees are required to successfully complete the obligatory pre-employment checks which includes obtaining a DBS certificate (Disclosure and Barring Service).
We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. All school staff are trained in Child Protection, and children are made aware of the adults they can talk to if they have any concerns. staff are vigilant for signs of any pupils in distress and are confident about applying the processes to avert and alleviate any such problems. Any concerns are logged and reported to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL). In the event that any concerns are with regard to a staff member concerns should be passed directly to the Local Authority Designated Officer of whom all staff are aware of.
The procedures which we follow have been communicated by the Somerset County Council Safeguarding Team and the school has adopted a Child Protection Policy in line with this, for the safety of all.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with parents first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.
We actively support the Government’s Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead for the school is Louisa Blackmore, Pastoral Coordinator.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead for the nursery (and Deputy DSL for school) is Gemma Maxwell, Nursery Manager.
The Deputy DSL for nursery is Hayley Anderson, Deputy Nursery Manager.
The school also have James Blackmore, Head of School, as a ‘nominated person’ who has received DSL training and can be called upon if needed.
We adhere to a robust recruitment and selection processes which safeguard children.