We at Urchfont CE Primary School take our Safeguarding responsibilities very seriously. Our top priority is that all children are safe and secure. This means that everyone working in our school has successfully completed the necessary clearances to enable them to work with children.
Roles and Responsibilities
Designated Safeguarding Lead : Mrs Carol Talbot (Head Teacher)
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads: Mrs Fiona Underwood (Assistant Head Teacher)
Mrs Rachael Atkins (SBM)
The head teacher has also completed accredited safer recruitment training.
Policies and Procedures
We are all expected to share any concerns we have about staff conduct around children with the Head Teacher. If there are concerns about the conduct of the Head, then these should be shared with the Chair of Governors. All staff follow the 'Whistleblowing Policy'.
We follow the Wiltshire Local Authority's Protection Procedures and the Local Safeguarding Children's Board local guidance. We share concerns regarding children's welfare with the designated person. Part of our legal duty to safeguard our children may also include us needing to consult specifically with and take advice from, the Police or Children's Social Care, should the need arise.
By working closely together as a staff and with our partner agencies, we firmly believe that we will continue to offer a safe learning environment for all our children.
Here are the school's detailed policies for Child Protection.
All other policies mentioned in the Child Protection Policy can be accessed: here
As part of Urchfont's commitment to safeguarding and child protection we fully support the government's Prevent Strategy, and prevent children from being radicalised.
The Prevent Strategy is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists, supporting terrorism, fundamentalism or extremist behaviours.
All Wiltshire schools have been given the opportunity to take part in this project that will run jointly between schools and Wiltshire Police: ENCOMPASS is the reporting to schools, by the next school day, when a child or young person has affected by a domestic incident. This is a new initiative that has been developed to support children and young people and their families.
ENCOMPASS will ensure that a member of the school staff, known as a Key Adult, will be shared the information in confidence, while ensuring that the school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children, or their families, who have been involved in, affected or exposed to a domestic abuse incident. The Key Adult at this school will be Mrs Talbot.
This initiative will allow us to offer the best support possible to all our pupils and we believe this will be extremely beneficial for all those involved.
Our policies cover cover a lot. If you want an overview of safeguarding and child protection in our school please read the information sheets below.
If you are worried about a child
Here are some websites and telephone numbers that may be useful to parents.
Wiltshire Safeguarding Board https://www.wiltshirescb.org.uk/
NSPCC Prevent Radicalisation - 0808 800 5000