Safeguarding and child protection

Safeguarding and child protection

Safeguarding is our duty of care to minimise the risk of harm to children regardless of their age, gender, religion or ethnicity.

The purpose of our safeguarding policy is to provide a secure framework for our workforce in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of each one of our pupils. It also ensures that procedures are in place so that every child who attends our school is and feels safe and protected.

The policy aims to ensure that:

  • All our pupils are safe and protected from harm
  • Other elements of provision, policies and guidelines are in place to enable our pupils to feel safe and adopt safe practices
  • Staff, pupils, governors, visitors, volunteers, parents and carers are aware of the expected behaviours and the school’s legal responsibilities in relation to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our pupils

Please read our child protection and safeguarding policy here  and our child protection and safeguarding policy addendum June 2020 (Covid-19) here and details of our safeguarding staff here.

Reporting concerns

We have an expectation that all staff and visitors to our school will behave in a way which ensures our children are safeguarded at all times. This expectation involves a duty for any safeguarding concerns to be reported.

If you are concerned about the welfare of any child or vulnerable adult then please discuss this with the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL): Dawn Sage (Head Teacher): 01225 872185 or the deputy DSL: Gemma Godwin (Inclusion Leader): 01225 872185.

If you think a child is in immediate danger then you should contact the police 999 or BaNES First Response Team Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm: 01225 396313 or 01225 396312 or Out of Hours 01454 615 165. Full BaNES safeguarding and child protection contact information is available online here.

If children are unhappy they can contact Childline on 0800 1111.

Online safety

Our duty of care to minimise the risk of harm to pupils in our school extends their use of the internet. Read our online safety page on this site for links to a range of information and guidance on keeping your child safe online.

Talking to your child

The NSPCC has broadcast a TV advert to encourage parents to talk to their children about staying safe from sexual abuse. It has also produced a pack for parents to make it easier to talk to children about this by "talking PANTS". This is a campaign that has been used in schools for many years. You can take a look at the advert here: https://youtu.be/nMIKUsZjirA and get the parents' PANTS pack here: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/underwear-rule.

Prevent: protecting children from extremism and radicalisation

The "prevent" approach at Saltford School is very much part of our curriculum, culture and processes. We see it as an integral aspect in promoting the safeguarding and well-being of our children.

The Prevent strategy

Prevent is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist or extremist causes. At Saltford, we also believe that this work extends to supporting children's thinking skills so that they grow up without developing extreme views.

The Prevent strategy covers all types of terrorism and extremism, including the extreme right wing, violent Islamist groups and other causes.

How the Prevent strategy applies to schools

From July 2015 all schools (as well as other organisations) have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism. This means we have a responsibility to protect children from extremist, extreme or violent views in the same way as we protect them from drugs or gang violence. This is part of our wider efforts to safeguard children and protect them from harm.

Importantly, as an educational setting, we can provide a safe place for pupils to discuss these issues so they better understand how to protect themselves. We believe it is important for children to have an environment in which they feel safe to discuss challenging views.

What this means in practice

Many of the things we already do in school to help children become positive, happy members of society also contribute to the Prevent strategy. These include:

  • exploring other cultures and religions and promoting diversity
  • challenging prejudices (behaviour that contradicts any aspect of Equality Law)
  • developing thinking skills and a strong, positive self-identity
  • promoting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils, as well as British values such as democracy

We will also protect children from the risk of radicalisation, for example by using filters on the internet to make sure they can’t access extremist, extreme or terrorist material, or by vetting visitors who come into school to work with pupils. Different schools will carry out the Prevent duty in different ways, depending on the age of the children and the needs of the community.

Frequently asked questions

How does Prevent relate to British values?

Schools have been required to promote British values since 2014, and this will continue to be part of our response to the Prevent strategy. British values include:

  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty and mutual respect
  • tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

Please see our British values page to see how we promote British values at Saltford School.

Isn’t my child too young to learn about extremism?

The Prevent strategy is not simply about discussing extremism itself, which may not be appropriate for younger children. It is also about teaching children values such as tolerance and mutual respect. The school will make sure any discussions are suitable for the age and maturity of the children involved.

Is extremism really a risk in our area?

Extremism can take many forms, including political, religious and misogynistic extremism. Some of these may be a bigger threat in our area than others. We will give children the skills to protect them from any extremist views they may encounter, now or later in their lives. 

You can access government advice on protecting children from extremism and radicalisation by taking a look at the Let's Talk About It website here.

Key terms

Extremism – vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values such as democracy, the rule of law and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

Ideology – a set of beliefs

Terrorism – a violent action against people or property, designed to create fear and advance a political, religious or ideological cause

Radicalisation – the process by which a person comes to support extremist behaviour

Why radicalisation is a child protection issue

The NSPCC explains why radicalisation is a child protection issue in an article that you can read here.