Conway Primary School is a community and all those directly connected (staff, governors, parents, families and pupils) have an essential role to play in making it safe and secure. Conway Primary School recognises our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children.
Conway Primary School recognises the importance of providing an ethos and environment within school that will help children to feel safe, secure and respected; encourage them to talk openly; and enable them to feel confident that they will be listened to. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice.
Our school core safeguarding principles are:
· It is a whole school responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children as its paramount concern
· All children regardless of age, gender, ability, culture, race, language, religion or sexual identity, have equal rights to protection
· All children have a right to be heard and to have their wishes and feelings taken into account
· All staff understand safe professional practice and adhere to our code of conduct and other associated policies
All staff have a responsibility to recognise vulnerability in children and act on any concern in accordance with the school’s Child Protection Policy.
We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. All school staff are trained annually in Child Protection, and children are made aware of the adults they can talk to if they have any concerns. Staff are trained to look out for signs of physical/emotional harm or neglect and are required to report these to the trained Designated Safeguarding Leads, all of whom are members of our Senior Leadership Team.
The procedures, which we follow at Conway Primary School are consistent with those of Greenwich Safeguarding Children Board (GSCB) and the school has adopted a Child Protection Policy adapted from Greenwich’s exemplar Safeguarding Policy for Schools – August 2016, based on DfE guidance for implementation from September 2016.
On rare occasions, our concern about a child requires us to consult other agencies. We will ensure that all concerns are discussed with parent/carers first, before any referrals are made, unless we believe that such a move may be contrary to a child’s welfare.
To promote a safe environment for pupils, our selection and recruitment policy includes all checks on staff, governors and regular volunteers’ suitability, including Disclosure and Barring Service checks, as recommended by Kent County Council in accordance with current legislation.
If you want to know more about our procedures, please speak to the Designated Safeguarding Lead , Mrs Greenlees, or your child’s class teacher.
The Keeping Children safe in Education for September 2019 can be downloaded here:
Greenwich Safeguarding Children Board (GSCB) – provides information and advice if you are worried about a child and details how to report serious child protection concerns where a child is considered to be at risk. www.greenwichsafeguardingchildren.org.uk/
Safer Internet Day
Safer Internet Day will soon be upon us and to ensure you are aware of what this means to you and your children.
Please have a look at the resources and videos that are available.
You can find all the resources here: https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/safer-internet-day-2019/education-packs
The videos are here: https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/safer-internet-day-2019/sid-tv-2019
If you have any questions please come and speak to Stephen Gatiss or Linda Greenlees.
Useful Web Links for Parents / Carers
Parent e-safety Information Articles - feed.parentinfo.org/articles/all/
The guidance 'Teaching online safety in school' can be downloaded here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/teaching-online-safety-in-schools
Education for a Connected World (UKCIS, 2018) can be downloaded here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/education-for-a-connected-world
Conway Primary School recognises that exposure of children (and adults) to extremist ideology can hinder their social development and educational attainment alongside posing a very real risk that they could support or partake in an act of violence. Radicalisation of young people can be compared to grooming for sexual exploitation.
Prevent is part of CONTEST, the government’s strategy to address terrorism. The main aim of Prevent is to stop young people from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. Prevent focuses on all forms of terrorist threats e.g. international terrorism, and far right terrorism.
The government’s advice for schools can be found in the following Prevent Duty document: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/439598/prevent-duty-departmental-advice-v6.pdf
All staff and governors at Conway Primary School complete annually an e-learning training package developed by The National Counter Terrorism Policing Headquarters (NCTPHQ), in conjunction with the College of Policing which includes guidance on how to identify people who may be vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism, and how to refer them into the Channel process.
Please see links below for current Dfe and Government guidance
Reading Well (Reading Agency)
The Reading Agency brings together partners from the public, private, and voluntary sectors to tackle life's big challenges through the proven power of reading.
The agency's 'Reading Well Books on Prescription' helps people understand and manage their health and wellbeing using self-help reading. The books are chosen by health experts and people living with the conditions covered.
The book recommendations for young people's mental health can be found here: https://reading-well.org.uk/books/books-on-prescription/young-people-mental-health