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Safeguarding

Safeguarding at our school

Freeman’s Endowed CE Junior Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children. Our school has a child centred and co-ordinated approach to safeguarding. Consequently, safeguarding and child protection is at the forefront of everything we do. We ensure systems are in place that are well promoted, easily understood and easily accessible for children to confidently report any form of abuse or neglect, knowing their concerns will be treated seriously, and knowing they can safely express their views and give feedback.

A copy of our Safeguarding Policy can be found on our Policies page

Our Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL)

If you believe that a child in our school may be at risk, please talk to the Designated Safeguarding Lead or one of the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads. These are:

Staff Member Contact Information

Headteacher and Lead DSL: Mrs Fiona Hull

f.hull@freemans.pdet.org.uk  
Deputy Safeguarding Lead: Mrs C Medcalfe c.medcalfe@freemans.pdet.org.uk 
Deputy Safeguarding Lead: Mr J Healy j.healy@freemans.pdet.org.uk
Deputy Safeguarding Lead: Mrs J Taylor j.taylor@freemans.pdet.org.uk  

What to do if you have concerns about a child or family

Speak with one of the safeguarding leads at school.

If you are worried about a child outside of school time, you can call the local Multi Agency Support Hub for advice (anonymously if needs be) on 0300 126 7000 (option 1). 

For further information about MASH, please see the following leaflet: MASH-advice-for-parents

If it is an emergency and you think that a child may be in immediate danger, please contact the emergency services directly by calling 999. 

What to do if you have concerns about an adult

If you are concerned about the conduct of a member of staff, you should inform the Headteacher immediately. In their absence, inform the Deputy Headteacher immediately.

You can also report any concerns you have regarding a member of staff to the Designated Officer for the Local Authority (LADO) on:

Please contact LADO on Monday to Friday between 2pm to 5pm. If you are unable to get through, please leave a message and they will get back to you as soon as they can. Alternatively, you can leave a message via voicemail on 01604 362993.

We have a policy on Safeguarding concerns or allegations made against adults which you can find on our Policies page

Safeguarding themes and further information for parents/carers

Online Safety

Safer Internet Day 2023 was on Tuesday 7th February and our Digital Leaders led a Worship all about Online Safety. The theme this year was ‘Want to talk about it? Making space for conversations about life online’. All children were asked to remember their Helping Hand, which is 5 trusted adults children can speak to if they have any concerns about online safety (or anything at all). Our Digital Leaders also led a Worship to the children at St Barnabas Infant School.

Now, more than ever, we need to talk with and listen to young people about what they do, see and experience online. Conversations are key to ensuring children feel confident to speak up about anything that troubles them online and can tell us what they think should be done to make the internet safer and more enjoyable for everyone.

The UK Safer Internet Centre completed research for Safer Internet Day 2023. A summary report of the research can be found using the link below: Safer Internet Day 2023 Research Summary

We understand that the online world is ever changing and that it can be hard to understand potential dangers that your child might face online. To help, parental guides can be found every week on our weekly newsletter. There are also some great guides, resources and websites than can be found using the link: Freeman's Endowed C E Junior Academy - Online Parental Guides

 

Anti-bullying

At Freeman’s Endowed C.E Academy, we are determined to provide our pupils with a safe, secure and happy environment in which to learn. We expect high standards of behaviour and do our best to encourage our pupils to develop into responsible and valued members of the community.

What is bullying?

Bullying is:

  • deliberately hurtful behaviour,
  • repeated (often over a period of time),
  • difficult for those being bullied to defend themselves against.

It usually takes one of four forms:

  • Physical e.g. hitting, fighting, taking belongings
  • Verbal e.g. name-calling, insulting remarks, racist comments
  • Indirect e.g. excluding someone from social groups
  • Cyber-bullying e.g. texting, use of websites etc.

This type of behaviour is contrary to the ethos of our school. In partnership with parents, we aim to raise awareness and prevent such behaviour.

 

The Underwear Rule (from NSPCC)

Teach your child the Underwear Rule and help protect them from abuse. It's a simple way that parents can help keep children safe from abuse – without using scary words.

Follow this link to the 'Let's Talk Pants' website. Talking PANTS teaches children important messages, like their body belongs to them and they should tell an adult if they're upset or
worried.

 

Useful Articles

Keeping Children Sade in Education 2023

MASH - Advice for Parents

 

Useful Safeguarding Websites

 

Anti-Bullying Alliance

Childline

NSPCC

Parent Zone

UK Safer Internet Centre

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