Safeguarding at our School
‘Safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility’
Children have a right to be cared for and protected, protecting them is everyone’s responsibility. At Scotton Lingerfield Primary School we are committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all children in our school. All North Yorkshire schools follow the North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Boards (NYSCB) procedures.
All our staff and governors complete Child Protection training regularly and follow the guidelines in our Child Protection policy. They also follow the guidance for Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE) 2022. The school will, in most circumstances, endeavour to discuss all concerns with parents about their child/ren. However, there may be exceptional circumstances when the school will discuss concerns with Social Care and/or Police without parental knowledge (in accordance with Child Protection procedures). The school will, of course, always aim to maintain a positive relationship with all parents.
If you are ever concerned about the safety or well‐being of someone at our school please talk to one of the school’s Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) listed below.
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 his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead/s (DSLs) are:
Nominated Lead Member of Staff: Debbie Calvert
Nominated Deputy Lead Member of Staff: Yasmin Alvarez
Governor Lead: Janet Wright
All policies relating to safeguarding can be found on the school website. Paper copies can be provided if needed.
Safeguarding for Children
Safeguarding is embedded throughout our curriculum.
Each year children are taught a series of E-Safety lessons that build their knowledge of how to stay safe online. We also work in collaboration with the local police service who deliver online safety workshops to children and parents. Pupils are responsible for appropriate behaviour on the school's computer network just as they are in the classroom or in the school playground. Communications on the network are often public in nature. General school rules and the Behaviour Policy apply and it is expected that users will comply with the guidelines of this policy.
Children are taught about safe relationships in age appropriate ways across the whole school. We teach the children how to stay safe in a wide range of situations, including: fire safety, water safety, being safe around fireworks, sun safety, road safety. We invite a specialist into school to deliver first aid training to children. Additionally, we work with the NSPCC to ensure that children understand abuse in all its forms and how to recognise signs of abuse, to know that abuse is never a child’s fault and that they have the right to be safe and to ensure that they know where to get help and the sources of help available to them.
Pupils could potentially have unfiltered, unsupervised internet access at home. All parents should be aware of the concerns and benefits of school internet use. Parents are therefore encouraged to look at government guidance available on the internet to help in the supervision of their children.
Visit the Child Safety Online - Guide for Parents
Updated October 2022