Safeguarding & Child Protection
Whitehall Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this responsibility. We ensure that consistent and effective safeguarding procedures are in place to protect children and staff at school and support families out of school.
What is Safeguarding?
Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
- protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
- preventing harm to children's health or development
- ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
- taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes.
Safeguarding children and child protection guidance and legislation applies to all children up to the age of 18.
What is Child Protection?
Child Protection is part of safeguarding and promoting welfare. It refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm.
Concerns about a Child
All concerns relating to a child in school should be passed to the Designated Safeguarding Lead who is Will Ewens (also Deputy Head). In his absence, any concerns should be passed to Debbie Chamberlain who is the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead. In both are unavailable, please pass on concerns to Sarah Allen, the Head Teacher, or Sarah Croasdell.
Will Ewens Debbie Chamberlain
Designated Safeguard Lead Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
From 1st July 2015 all schools are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in the exercise of their functions, to have "due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism". This duty is known as the Prevent Duty. It applies to a wide range of public-facing bodies, including all primary and secondary schools.
Schools can build pupils' resilience to radicalisation by providing a safe environment for debating controversial issues and helping children to understand how they can influence and participate in decision making. Schools are already expected to promote the spiritual, moral and cultural development of pupils and, within this, fundamental British values.
Please click on this link for more information - http://educateagainsthate.com/
Mandatory Reporting of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
From 21st October 2015 it is mandatory for teachers, health and social workers to report to the police if they find, or are told, that someone under 18 has undergone FGM. To obtain more information on FGM please click the link below:
Here at Whitehall Primary School, we recognise the benefits and opportunities that new technologies offer to teaching and learning. We encourage the use of technology in order to enhance skills and promote achievement. However, the accessible and global nature of the internet and variety of technologies available mean that we are also aware of potential risks and challenges associated with such use. There is a separate section on this website under the Parents & Carers tab at the top entitled 'Online Safety'. Here you will find advice and resources to help you find out more about current online risks and how you can try and keep your child safe online at home.
The School's Online Safety Policy is accessed below.
The policies, practices and procedures to ensure robust safeguarding in school can be found primarily in our Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy but also in other related policies (e.g. Anti-Bullying, E-Safety), all of which you can access here: