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.
If you have any safeguarding or child protection concerns, please do contact Cat Filmer-Bennett, our designated safeguarding lead.
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 Cat Filmer-Bennett (Assistant Head). In her absence, any concerns should be passed to a member of the Safeguarding team: Sarah Allen ( Head teacher) or Karen Kooyman (Assistant Head) who are the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads.
Cat Filmer Bennett (Designated Safeguarding Lead) Karen Kooyman (Deputy DSL) Sarah Allen (Deputy DSL)
Safeguarding and the Curriculum
It is vital that all children are taught the skills and knowledge to keep themselves safe in and out of school. Our PSHE curriculum, based on the JIGSAW scheme of work, promotes an ethos in school that strongly supports keeping children safe in many diverse situations. From Reception onwards, children are taught about what to say and do if they don’t like something – from encountering strangers to bullying, and from unwanted physical contact to racism and being safe with technology. Teaching about safety and relationships as part of PSHE contributes to how schools approach the safeguarding of pupils. It helps them to recognise when they and others are at risk and equips them with the skills, strategies and language they need to take appropriate action.
We use a number of excellent resources from reputable organisations (e.g. NSPCC and the Safer Internet Centre) to deliver specific lessons around safeguarding in school. Where these may be sensitive in nature, we would always inform parents in advance should they wish to know more.
We deliver the highly-recommended PANTS resource, designed by the NSPCC, which helps keep children safe from abuse. Like the Green Cross Code, it takes a potentially tricky subject and gives children (and their parents) tools to talk about it in an engaging and age-appropriate way.
More on the PANTS rules and other excellent NSPCC resources you can use to talk to your child can be find at:
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.
Every year, we celebrate anti-bullying week and use it as an opportunity to raise awareness and understanding of what bullying looks like, and how we can stop it from happening. We use the Anti-Bullying Alliance materials to deliver assemblies to all year groups and for the children to engage in meaningful discussions and sessions around bullying.
You can watch the Anti-Bullying Week Film here to get a better understanding of Anti-Bullying Week: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8e7NRIk4AA&feature=emb_logo&safe=active
Nationally, we have seen an increase in calls to Childline and our own support services for children seeking support. In particular, we know that during the pandemic many younger children have had little to no contact with support services at a time when there is a lot more pressure on families. We are encouraging anyone who may be worried a child is at risk of harm to report their concerns to Bristol City Council’s First Response team. A short video with a First Response advisor has been developed to explain where and how people can report concerns or families struggling can seek advice and support. See link to the video and social media messaging.
Parents Against Child Exploitation (PACE) is a website works in partnership with parents and carers to end child exploitation. For more information, please follow the link: Parents Against Child Exploitation (Pace) UK
Domestic Abuse Support
There are many types of domestic abuse and there is lots of support available if you require it. The BAVA website (Bristol Against Violence and Abuse) has lots of information about different types of domestic abuse and violence and also information about support services that can help you: BAVA - Bristol Against Violence and Abuse
Please do contact our Designated Safeguarding Lead, Cat Filmer-Bennett, if you need support- she will be able to signpost resources for you.
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: