“Safeguarding is not just about protecting children from deliberate harm. It includes a wide range of issues relating to pupil’s welfare, health and safety.” (Briefing for Section 5 Inspectors on Safeguarding Children, Ofsted April 2015)
We are aware that child protection and safeguarding are fundamental to the welfare of all children in our care. Our 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. We welcome suggestions and comments that will contribute to this process.
The safety of the children and staff of Cheadle Primary School is paramount and we do our utmost to achieve this.
Our site is secure at all times with all gates and external doors code-locked. All visitors report to the main reception and there are strict controls in place.
Our children know that all visitors to school should be wearing an authorised school visitor’s badge and our staff will challenge anyone on site who is not wearing an official school visitor’s badge or is displaying any suspicious behaviour.
The school has well-rehearsed evacuation and invacuation procedures and full business continuity plans.
Cheadle 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 recognise that children who are abused or witness violence are likely to have low self-esteem and may find it difficult to develop a sense of self worth. They may feel helplessness, humiliation and some sense of blame. Our school may be the only stable, secure and predictable element in their lives.
Cheadle Primary School will endeavour to support the welfare and safety of all pupils through:
- Maintaining children’s welfare as our paramount concern
- Ensuring the content of the curriculum includes social and emotional aspects of learning
- Ensuring that child protection is included in the curriculum to help children stay safe, recognise when they don’t feel safe and identify who they might / can talk to
- Providing suitable support and guidance so that students have a range of appropriate adults to approach if they are in difficulties
- Promoting a positive, supportive, neutral and secure environment where pupils can develop a sense of being valued and heard in their own right
- Ensuring all steps are taken to maintain site security and student’s physical safety
- Working with parents to build an understanding of the school’s responsibility to ensure the welfare of all children including the need for referral to other agencies in some situations
- Ensuring all staff are able to recognise the signs and symptoms of abuse and are aware of the school’s procedures and lines of communication
- Monitoring children and young people who have been identified as having welfare or protection concerns; keeping confidential records which are stored securely and shared appropriately with other professionals
- Developing effective and supportive liaison with other agencies
If you want to know more about safeguarding at Cheadle Primary School please follow the links to our Safeguarding Policies below (these will open in a new tab).
- Safeguarding incorporating Child Protection
- Safeguarding Whistleblowing
- Preventing Extremism and Radicalisation Safeguarding
- Anti Radicalisation Statement
- Keeping Children Safe in Education September 2016
- Children Missing Education Guidance
- Virtual School for Looked After Children Policy and Procedures
- Looked After Children
- Recruitment and Selection
Any safeguarding concerns you may have regarding children can be discussed with the designated child protection persons within our school –
Safeguarding Lead – Mrs Debbie Breeze
Safeguarding Deputy – Miss Caroline Chell.
Any concerns or issues regarding children or staff can be discussed with Headteacher – Mrs Debbie Breeze
Any concerns or issues regarding our Headteacher can be discussed with our Chair of Governors – Mr Peter Siddley
More information can be found by following the link below (this will open in a new window)