Safeguarding – Safe Learning at Thistly Meadow Primary School

 Staff at Thistly all receive regular training to notice possible signs of abuse during their daily contact with children.  All staff are responsible for reporting concerns about a child.

Child abuse means:

Physical abuse

Emotional abuse

Sexual abuse

Neglect, of a child and young person under 18

 Signs of abuse may be:

An injury

A child tells that they have been ill treated

A child is showing concern about the way an adult is behaving towards them

A child telling about another child who is being mistreated, an adult tells that they are concerned about the abuse of a child

Part of a picture over a longer period, such as:

A child who is regularly dirty, unsuitably clothed or hungry

A child who is showing unusual behaviour for their age

Deterioration in work or lack of interest

A child who is isolated, distressed or angry

Child Sexual Exploitation

Child sexual exploitation is a form of sexual abuse.  Victims are manipulated or forced into taking part in a sexual act, either as part of a seemingly consensual relationship, or in return for attention, gifts, money, alcohol, drugs or somewhere to stay. The young person may think that the abuser is their friend, or even their boyfriend or girlfriend.  But they will put them into dangerous situations, making or forcing them to do things that they don’t want to or can’t say no to.   The abuser will create some form of dependency between the young person and them and may physically or verbally threaten the young person or be violent towards them.  They will try and isolate them from friends and family so that they can control and manipulate them.

What are the signs?

 Having mood swings or being emotionally upset

Changes in physical appearance

Changes in eating patterns

Misusing alcohol or drugs

Chatting online to people you have never met

Appearing with unexplained gifts or new possessions

Being in a relationship with or associating with an older person

Increased or secretive mobile phone and computer use or in possession of multiple phones

Showing inappropriate sexualized behaviour

Suffering from sexually transmitted infections

Associating with other young people involved in exploitation

Regularly missing school or not taking part in education

Regularly going missing for periods of time or returning home late

What can Parent/Carers do?

Discuss with your children the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships to help highlight potential risks to them

Be aware of the tell-tale signs

Exercise caution around older friends your child may have, or relationships with other young people where there appears to be a power imbalance

Understand the risks associated with your child being online and using social networking sites and put measures in place to minimise these risks

Stay alert to changes in behaviour

Talk about it.  Talk it through with someone else you know and can trust such as a teacher, school nurse or another service your child may be involved with.  You can also talk to a social worker or the police

Who to contact for a concern advice and support or to report a concern

You may be unsure about whether you are right to be worried, but it is important that you don’t keep any concerns to yourself.

Children’s Social Care

Leicestershire County Council 0116 305 0005

Childrensduty@leics.gov.uk

Police

For non-emergencies you should call 101

Safeguarding Children Boards

More information is also available on the web site www.lcitylscb.org and www.lrlscb.org

The New FUTURES PROJECT

The project supports girls and boys at risk of sexual exploitation

0116 251 0803 www.new-futures.org.uk

CEOP

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) works across the UK tackling child sex abuse and exploitation www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents

PACE

A support and information agency for parents about child sexual exploitation

www.paceuk.info

Click on the leaflet below for more information:

CSE info for parents 072015

 

Counter-Terrorism

Schools are placed under a duty by the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism” and “challenge extremist ideas” that support or are shared by terrorist groups.

Our school follows the Home Office guidance for schools which identifies best practice and ways in which schools can comply with their duty. We also work in partnership with the local authority Safeguarding team and Prevent Co-ordinator. Our staff have awareness training in radicalisation and are trained to recognise vulnerability to being drawn into terrorism. We ensure that fundamental British Values are reflected in our activities and general conduct of the school. For more information see our British Values page which sets out how this is included in our curriculum.

All adults working with children at Thistly Meadow Primary School are aware of relevant policies and procedures for safeguarding children.  Safeguarding at Thistly is built on the following principles:

Staff are aware that welfare of the child is paramount

Staff understand their responsibilities to safeguard and protect children

Staff apply the same professional standards regardless of age, disability, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, gender, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marital status or trade union membership

Staff are responsible for their own actions and behaviour, and avoid any conduct which could lead any reasonable person to question their motives and intentions

Staff will report any safeguarding concerns about the safety or welfare of a child to the senior designated person

Safe working practices

Staff should treat information about children and their families discretely

Staff should be careful not to misuse their power and influence over children

Staff should ensure that their behaviour remains professional at all times, including their dress, use of language and online communication which is or could become publicly seen

Physical intervention should follow relevant guidelines and be recorded and reported

Physical contact should be minimal, time limited, age appropriate and able to be justified

Intimate care and first aid should only be administered according to relevant procedures

Staff will not give gifts other than as part of an agreed reward system or given to all children equally

Staff should not engage in personal email or telephone communication with children (texting, messaging, skypeing, chat rooms, social networking sites etc)

Any out of school contact should be planned and agreed with senior staff and parents

Only authorised areas of the curriculum should contain any sexual or other sensitive material

Internet use should be according to school policy and inappropriate content should not be accessed

There should be no unauthorised photography of children. Photographs of children should be the property of the school and not retained on personal equipment

Staff should guard against young people developing an infatuation with them and report any such concerns to senior staff

Staff should be mindful of situations where a pupil or parent comes to depend on them for support outside their role and discuss this promptly with a senior member of staff