At Larkspur Primary School, the safety of our children is paramount. Please read our Child Protection Policy to learn how we deal with child welfare concerns.
This policy aims to provide all members of staff (paid and unpaid), children and young people, and their families with a clear and secure framework for ensuring that all children in the school are protected from harm, both while at school and when off the schools premises.
The actions we take to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm are everyone’s responsibility. All staff and volunteers involved with children have a responsibility to be mindful of issues related to their safety and welfare and a duty to report any concerns.
All staff will work to ensure that:
Our staff at Larkspur Primary School are well placed to observe the outward signs of abuse because of the day to day contact with children and are committed to referring those concerns via the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) to the appropriate organisation, normally the Local Authority Children’s Social Care, contributing to the assessment of a child’s needs and, where appropriate, to ongoing action to meet those needs.
The DSL at Larkspur Primary is Mrs M Liddle, Head teacher, supported by Mrs J Nesbitt, Family Support Worker.
Operation Encompass, is an initiative being run in partnership with both Gateshead Council and Northumbria Police.
The project, which commenced in April 2015, aims to support children who are affected by domestic abuse. Witnessing domestic abuse is really distressing for a young person, who can often see the abuse, hear it from another room, see a parent’s injuries or distress afterwards or be physically hurt trying to stop the abuse.
As a result, following any domestic abuse incident being reported into Northumbria Police, specialist Police Officers will make contact with the school and communicate relevant and necessary information to nominated school staff. This will ensure that the school is made aware at the earliest possible opportunity and can subsequently provide support in a way that means the child feels safe.
Each school has a member of staff (key adult) who has been fully trained to liaise with the Police, when required, and will ensure that necessary support is made available to the child following the disclosure of a domestic abuse incident.
This project demonstrates Larkspur’s commitment to working in partnership, to safeguard and protect children, and to providing the best possible care and support for our pupils.
There is more information about the initiative on the website:
Prevent is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist or extremist causes. The Prevent strategy covers all types of terrorism and extremism, including the extreme right wing, violent Islamist groups and other causes.
From July 2015, all schools (as well as many other public organisations) have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015.
Section 26 of this act states that schools must, in the exercise of their functions, have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This duty is known as the Prevent Duty.
Much of the work we do in school, particularly in PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) lessons is aimed at helping children to become positive, purposeful members of society. Our RE curriculum – specifically learning about different religions – is another contributory area.
Much of what we already do supports the Prevent Strategy, as follows:
Schools have been required to promote British values since 2014, and this will continue to form part of our response to the Prevent Strategy.
The key British values that we promote include the following:
The Prevent Strategy is not just about discussing extremism itself; indeed this may not be appropriate for primary age children. It is, however, about teaching children core values such as tolerance and mutual respect. Staff always ensure that all discussions are suitable for the age and maturity of the children involved.
Extremism can take many forms, including political and religious extremism. Some of these may be a bigger threat in areas other than that of our school. We aim to give children the skills to protect themselves from any extremist views they may encounter, now or later in their lives.