Safeguarding - Safe learning at Greenfield

Staff at Greenfield all receive regular training to notice possible signs of abuse during their daily contact with children.  All staff are responsible for reporting concerns about a child.

 Child abuse means:

- Physical abuse

- Emotional abuse

- Sexual abuse

- Neglect, of a child and young person under 18

Signs of abuse may be:

- An injury

- A child tells that they have been ill treated

- A child is showing concern about the way an adult is behaving towards them

- A child telling about another child who is being mistreated, an adult tells that they are    concerned about the abuse of a child

Part of a picture over a longer period, such as:

- A child who is regularly dirty, unsuitably clothed or hungry

- A child who is showing unusual behaviour for their age

- Deterioration in work or lack of interest

- A child who is isolated, distressed or angry

Child Sexual Exploitation 

Child sexual exploitation is a form of sexual abuse.  Victims are manipulated or forced into taking part in a sexual act, either as part of a seemingly consensual relationship, or in return for attention, gifts, money, alcohol, drugs or somewhere to stay. The young person may think that the abuser is their friend, or even their boyfriend or girlfriend.  But they will put them into dangerous situations, making or forcing them to do things that they don’t want to or can’t say no to.   The abuser will create some form of dependency between the young person and them and may physically or verbally threaten the young person or be violent towards them.  They will try and isolate them from friends and family so that they can control and manipulate them.

What are the signs?

- Having mood swings or being emotionally upset

- Changes in physical appearance

- Changes in eating patterns

- Misusing alcohol or drugs

- Chatting online to people you have never met

- Appearing with unexplained gifts or new possessions

- Being in a relationship with or associating with an older person

- Increased or secretive mobile phone and computer use or in possession of multiple phones

- Showing inappropriate sexualized behaviour

- Suffering from sexually transmitted infections

- Associating with other young people involved in exploitation

- Regularly missing school or not taking part in education

- Regularly going missing for periods of time or returning home late

What can Parent/Carers do?

- Discuss with your children the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships to  help highlight potential risks to them

- Be aware of the tell tale signs

- Exercise caution around older friends your child may have, or relationships with other young  people where there appears to be a power imbalance

- Understand the risks associated with your child being online and using social networking  sites and put measures in place to minimise these risks

- Stay alert to changes in behaviour

- Talk about it.  Talk it through with someone else you know and can trust such as a teacher,  school nurse or another service your child may be involved with.  You can also talk to a social  worker or the police

 

Who to contact for a concern advice and support or to report a concern

 You may be unsure about whether you are right to be worried, but it is important that you don’t keep any concerns to yourself.

  •  Children’s Social Care

Leicestershire County Council 0116 305 0005

Childrensduty@leics.gov.uk

  •  Police

For non emergencies you should call 101

  •  Safeguarding Children Boards

More information is also available on the web site www.lcitylscb.org and www.lrlscb.org

  •  The New FUTURES PROJECT

The project supports girls and boys at risk of sexual exploitation

0116 251 0803 www.new-futures.org.uk

  •  CEOP

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) works across the UK tackling child sex abuse and exploitation www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents

  •  PACE

A support and information agency for parents about child sexual exploitation  www.paceuk.info

Click on the leaflet below for more information:

CSE info for parents 072015

 

Counter-Terrorism

Schools are placed under a duty by the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism” and “challenge extremist ideas” that support or are shared by terrorist groups.

Our school follows the Home Office guidance for schools which identifies best practice and ways in which schools can comply with their duty. We also work in partnership with the local authority Safeguarding team and Prevent Co-ordinator. Our staff have awareness training in radicalisation and are trained to recognise vulnerability to being drawn into terrorism. We ensure that fundamental British Values are reflected in our activities and general conduct of the school. For more information see our British Values page which sets out how this is included in our curriculum.

All adults working with children at Greenfield Primary School are aware of relevant policies and procedures for safeguarding children.  Safeguarding at Greenfield is built on the following principles:

- Staff are aware that welfare of the child is paramount

- Staff understand their responsibilities to safeguard and protect children

- Staff apply the same professional standards regardless of age, disability, race, colour, ethnic  or national origin, gender, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marital status or trade union  membership

- Staff are responsible for their own actions and behaviour, and avoid any conduct which  could lead any reasonable person to question their motives and intentions

- Staff will report any safeguarding concerns about the safety or welfare of a child to the  senior designated person

Safe working practices

- Staff should treat information about children and their families discretely

- Staff should be careful not to misuse their power and influence over children

- Staff should ensure that their behaviour remains professional at all times, including their  dress, use of language and online communication which is or could become publicly seen

- Physical intervention should follow relevant guidelines and be recorded and reported

- Physical contact should be minimal, time limited, age appropriate and able to be justified

- Intimate care and first aid should only be administered according to relevant procedures

- Staff will not give gifts other than as part of an agreed reward system or given to all  children equally

- Staff should not engage in personal email or telephone communication with children  (texting, messaging, skypeing, chat rooms, social networking sites etc)

- Any out of school contact should be planned and agreed with senior staff and parents

- Only authorised areas of the curriculum should contain any sexual or other sensitive  material

- Internet use should be according to school policy and inappropriate content should not be  accessed

- There should be no unauthorised photography of children. Photographs of children should  be the property of the school and not retained on personal equipment

- Staff should guard against young people developing an infatuation with them and report any  such concerns to senior staff

- Staff should be mindful of situations where a pupil or parent comes to depend on them for  support outside their role and discuss this promptly with a senior member of staff