Safeguarding & Child Protection
Newbridge fully recognises the contribution it can make to protect children and support students. We operate an open and accepting attitude towards children as part of its responsibility for pastoral care. Staff hope that children and parents/carers will feel free to talk about any concern and will see school as a safe place when there are difficulties.
Children’s worries and fears will be taken seriously and children are encouraged to seek help from members of staff.
DESIGNATED SAFEGUARDING LEAD & DEPUTY DESIGNATED SAFEGUARDING LEADS
Any concerns can be raised through anyone in the safeguarding team. Our main office can put you in contact with the team.
Our IT Team are also on hand to give practical help and advice about keeping your child safe online.
Our DSL’s are appropriately trained by Leicestershire County Council (LCC) and receive refresher training at least every two years, as well as regular safeguarding updates.
Newbridge will always:
- Operate safer recruitment procedures and make sure that all appropriate checks are carried out on new staff and volunteers.
- Ensure all staff are appropriately trained.
- Maintain an ethos where children feel secure and are encouraged to talk and are listened to.
- Ensure children know that there are adults whom they can approach if they are worried or are in difficulty.
- Deliver curriculum assemblies and interventions which equip children with the skills and knowledge they need to stay safe from abuse and to know to whom they can turn for help.
- Ensure every effort is made to establish effective relationships with parents/carers and colleagues from other agencies, and follow guidelines from social care and CAHMS.
- Ensure transfer from and to other schools is efficient and caring with the child at the centre.
- Keep secure and accurate records.
- Attend local networks for sharing information.
- The designated safeguarding lead at Newbridge is Mrs Katrina Farragher. If a referral is made to social care, police, other service it is the school’s policy to inform parents/carers first unless it is judged that by doing so the child may be placed at risk.
- If staff believe a child is at risk of harm or that a crime may have been committed, senior staff will confiscate a child’s mobile phone to either pass on to parents with our concerns or if appropriate to the police.
Government’s Guidance for Safeguarding
The following links state the statutory guidance for schools and colleges on safeguarding children, how to recruit safely and promote the welfare of children – available on the .gov.uk website.
Prevent is short for‘Preventing Violence and Extremism’
Prevent covers all forms of terrorism and extremism and some aspects of non-violent extremism. The overall aim is to stop individuals or groups engaging in terrorism or supporting violent acts and extremism by raising awareness of issues, and supporting those that may be vulnerable
Newbridge is committed to providing a secure environment for students, where children feel safe and are kept safe. All adults in our school recognise that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility irrespective of the role they undertake or whether their role has direct contact or responsibility for children or not.
Our Prevent Single Point of Contact (SPOC) is: Mr Nick Schober
The Prevent Strategy has three main objectives:
Ideology to respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and of those extremist views conducive to it.
Individuals to prevent vulnerable people from being drawn into terrorism by developing and expanding programmes to identify who they are, and then to provide them with help and support.
Institutions to work within the wide range of sectors and Institutions where the Ideology, the Ideologues and vulnerable people come together and where there are either risks of radicalisation or opportunities to prevent it – or both. That means education, health, faith, charities, prisons and probation, and the internet.
Common misunderstandings about prevent.
Prevent is not about catching terrorists, it is about identifying people who may be at risk of radicalisation and supporting them to change direction in a way that will help them.
It is not ‘spying on communities’. It is supporting those people who may be vulnerable to extremist ideologies before they cross the threshold into criminal activity. Those suspected of already being engaged in illegal activity will be managed through the criminal justice system in accordance with normal criminal justice processes.
There are only a very small number of people who support terrorist activity, or are likely to. The vast majority of people, in all communities, want to see terrorism prevented, and want to play their part as good citizens in helping to make that happen.
Prevent work covers all forms of potential terrorism, such as Al Qaeda, ISIL (Islamic State in Sharm and the Levant) inspired, the far right, Irish republican, animal rights, faith-based extremism and others. However, the Government considers the threat posed by individuals and groups inspired by Al Qaeda and ISIL to be the biggest risk to national security at the moment, so it is appropriate that this receive a proportionate focus of the work.
There is also growing national concern about the risk of far right violence, especially since the killings in Norway in 2011, the murder of Mohammed Saleem in Birmingham in 2013, neo-Nazi activity elsewhere in Europe and the growth of ‘Defence League’ groups and their associated splinter groups that have formed in the UK and Europe.
Newbridge supports the ENCOMPASS protocol which operates in Leicestershire.
Operation Encompass is an initiative that enhances communication between the police and schools where a child is at risk from domestic abuse and joins up information sharing by the involvement of children social care.
The purpose of the information sharing is to ensure schools have more information to support safeguarding of children. By knowing that the child has had this experience, the school is in a better position to understand and be supportive of the child’s needs and possible behaviours.
This means that if there has been an incidence of violence in the home or that the child has been involved in/witnessed, a senior member of staff from social services will phone Mrs Farragher (as Designated Safeguarding Lead) the following morning.
Without giving details, this will alert the DSL to the child’s potential needs.
A DSL will ensure that the child knows that school has been informed, so that they can be told what support is available for them should they want it.
Social services is likely to contact the DSL again in the future to conduct a “welfare check” .
Operation Encompass complements existing safeguarding procedures.
Click on the links to find out more about the Safeguarding issues listed.
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- Bullying including cyberbullying
- Children missing education
- Child missing from home or care
- Child sexual exploitation (CSE)
- Domestic violence
- Fabricated or induced illness
- Faith abuse
- Female genital mutilation (FGM)
- Forced marriage
- Gangs and youth violence
- Gender-based violence / violence against women and girls (VAWG)
- Mental Health
- Missing children and adults
- Private fostering
- Preventing radicalisation
- Relationship abuse