Safeguarding in School
Our primary concern is to ensure all children at Pinfold feel HAPPY and SAFE with us. If we can do this, then all of our children will be successful in their learning journey. We ensure that all members of our safeguarding team attend regular training sessions to keep up-to date and share relevant information with the rest of the staff.
Our safeguarding team is:
Mrs Toni Beech, Headteacher and designated safeguarding lead (DSL)
Mrs Julie Morgan, Parent Support Advisor and deputy designated safeguarding lead (DDSL)
Miss Emma Yates, Assistant Headteacher upper school and SEND coordinator
Miss Louise Shackleton, Learning Mentor
What is Safeguarding?
Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
•Protecting children from maltreatment
•Preventing impairment of children’s health or development
•Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
•Taking action to ensure that all children 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.
Each area of the school has Staying Safe displays with content relevant to each year group.
In today's social media age, children now have access to each other more than ever via social media and their mobile phones and devices. As a school, we strongly encourage clear boundaries on using phones and the Internet.
Please see our Online Safety (link to go straight to our online safety page) page for more information and helpful links.
Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP)
Unfortunately, there are some people that use the internet for criminal activity. If you are worried that your child is being groomed online or sexually exploited you should report your concerns to CEOP.
Our Parent Support Advisor, Julie Morgan, is always available to provide support to our families. She can be someone to listen in confidence, someone to answer questions, someone to offer guidance and support, someone to offer safe and wellbeing home visits to families.
Julie can arrange support from other professionals such as:
Young Carers – support for children who are also carers for young
Black Country Women’s Aid – for support with domestic abuse
She also organises and delivers the 'Understanding Your Child' parenting course to parents each January to Easter for 10 weeks.
Prevent is a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism. This means we work together with parents to protect children from extremist and violent views in the same way as we protect them from other forms of harm. Many of the things we do in school help children become positive, happy members of society. It is not just about discussing extremism itself, it is also about teaching children values such as tolerance and mutual respect. We want to give our children the skills to protect themselves from any extremist views they may encounter, now or later in their lives.
If you are worried your child is being radicalised, talking to your child is a good way to find out if your instincts are correct. If you prefer to can share your concerns with someone else first.
Speak to your child’s teachers, a friend or a family member. Have they noticed anything out of the ordinary?
The safeguarding lead at our school can advise you on the best approach.
educate.against.hate – an online resource
Your local police or council can provide advice on how to protect your child. Speaking to the police will not get your child into trouble if no crime has been committed.
If you think someone is in immediate danger, or if you see or hear something that may be terrorist-related: — call 999 — or the confidential Anti-Terrorism Hotline on 0800 789 321
If you have concerns about any child in our community, please contact the MASH* team for advice on 0300 555 2866 (*Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub).
Procedure for dealing with allegations of abuse against staff
Please click here to access the whistleblowing policy. The policy (in line with statutory guidance from the DFE) is designed to ensure that all staff, students and parents or carers are aware of the procedure for the investigation of allegations of abuse in order that all complaints are dealt with consistently, and as efficiently as possible.