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Child Protection and Safeguarding

Child Protection and Safeguarding

Safeguarding is our duty of care to minimise the risk of harm to all children.

The arrangements for safeguarding are effective. Staff know pupils well and have all completed the relevant safeguarding training, which includes awareness of radicalisation.

Ofsted, 2017

What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding is our duty of care to minimise the risk of harm to all children.

The purpose of our safeguarding policy is to provide a framework for our workforce to safeguard and promote the welfare of pupils who attend our school.

The policy aims to ensure that:

  • All our pupils are safe and protected from harm
  • Other elements of provision, policies and guidelines are in place to enable our pupils to feel safe and adopt safe practices
  • Staff, pupils, governors, visitors, volunteers, parents and carers are aware of the expected behaviours and the school’s legal responsibilities in relation to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our pupils
Child protection and safeguarding policy

Operation Encompass

Someries Infant School and Early Childhood Education Centre is part of Operation Encompass.

Operation Encompass has been established to help schools in providing support to children who may have been affected by incidents of domestic abuse in the home. We know that children can be significantly physically or emotionally harmed when they are involved in, present at or witness to domestic abuse.

As part of Operation Encompass, we will receive notifications following any domestic abuse incidents reported by Bedfordshire Police where a child attending the school may have been affected.

The school has designated Mrs Ann O’Donnell as the Key Lead for this scheme. As our Key Adult, Mrs O’Donnell has received guidance and training from Bedfordshire Police to allow her to use the information that has been shared in confidence and to make sure the right support is available for children and their families.

Click here to read further information about Operation Encompass

Online safety

Our duty of care to minimise the risk of harm to pupils in our school extends their use of the internet.

We have created a comprehensive website which provides a range of information and guidance related to keeping your child safe whilst online. You can access this website by clicking here.

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Protecting children from extremism and radicalisation

As part of Someries Infant School and Early Childhood Education Centre’s ongoing child protection and safeguarding duties, we comply fully with the government’s Prevent Strategy.

All schools have been subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in the exercise of their functions, to have ‘due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’. This duty is known as the Prevent Duty for Schools.

At Someries Infant School and Early Childhood Education Centre, we build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values and enabling our pupils to challenge extremist views at an age-appropriate level. You can read about what we do to promote British values here. You can read about our My Big Voice sessions which develop our pupils’ ability to answer ‘big’ questions and to develop their moral and social awareness here. We also hold the International Values-based Education Trust’s Quality Mark for the values-based education we provide our pupils; you can read more about this here.

The statutory guidance refers to the importance of Prevent awareness training to equip staff to identify children at risk of being drawn into terrorism and to challenge extremist ideas. The Home Office has developed a core training product for this purpose – Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent (WRAP). All our staff have received WRAP training relating to what Prevent is about and how to deal with any issues they may see inside or outside school.

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ACT Early

The increase in time spent online due to COVID-19, and a rise in hateful extremism, is creating an environment in which young and vulnerable people are at a greater risk of being targeted and groomed by people who wish to do harm.

It is family and friends – including close co-workers – who are often the first to spot the worrying changes in behaviour that might be signs that someone they know may be at risk from being radicalised by terrorists or extremist content online.

However, recent studies have found that the public are unsure of the signs to look out for and who to turn to when they have concerns. Most people know little about the Prevent programme or the support it provides to help vulnerable people.

That is why Counter Terrorism Policing (CTP) has launched a new website to encourage friends and family to act early, share concerns and seek help if they are worried that someone they care about is being radicalised.

Preventing extremism and radicalisation

Preventing extremism and radicalisation strategy

Useful websites

You can access advice on protection children from extremism and radicalisation from the websites below.