Safeguarding and E-Safety
Pennington Infant School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at school. All concerns are passed through the members of staff who are trained as "Designated Safeguarding Leads" in school in compliance with the "sharing of information" guidance.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Amy Wake, Acting Head Teacher. The cover Designated Safeguarding Lead is Helen Butcher, Pupil and Family Support Lead . They are supported by a team of other staff who have also been trained accordingly.
If you have any serious concerns about your child or any other pupil at Pennington Infant School, please do not hesitate to contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead who knows who to contact for the best advice and help and is experienced in using the appropriate degree of confidentiality.
All volunteers are asked to complete an application form and full DBS checks are carried out as well as reference checks. Volunteers complete an Induction Process which includes relevant safeguarding training.
To find out more about how to keep children safe on the Internet, follow this link: http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/
For the best interests of all our children we use the following safeguarding measures:
Cause for Concern
All staff and volunteers are asked to report any causes for concern to either Amy Wake (ADHT) or Helen Butcher (PFSL) by completing a blue ‘Child of Concern Form', which are located throughout the school – following school policy and protocol. All staff receive child protection training every 3 years, or sooner if required. Any concerns will be shared with parents as early as possible. Concerns may range from children being visibly upset to persistent lateness to children ‘disclosing’ concerns.
All lateness and absences are recorded by the Senior Admin Assistant, Mrs Douch. Reasons will be sought for all absence or lateness. Attendance is monitored through these systems and referrals to the Safeguarding Team, including the Education Welfare Officer can be made. Parents will always be informed of concerns around attendance at the earliest point. If attendance concerns continue the school will refer to the Education Welfare Officer. There will be no authorised ‘Leave From Learning’, only in exceptional circumstances.
We support our pupils’ use of the internet and seek to underpin their knowledge of safe use and protection. We provide our pupils with an awareness of how to stay safe online both in the school environment and beyond. We believe that children should adhere to the certification given to games, DVDs etc. All of the games and DVDs used at school will be rated as U.
Facebook/Social media sites
Children of KS1 age are not entitled to use FaceBook. Children will not be using social media sites during school hours. We also ask parent/carers not to name school, staff or other children on SMS
All teaching staff have completed the Prevent Training through Channel and as a result of this, staff are vigilant around ensuring all members of the school (including parents/carers) feel part of the school community. Promoting healthy relationships both within and outside of school is an embedded aspect of our school ethos. This includes promoting participating in groups within the local community such as Rainbows, Beavers, local sports clubs, The Children’s Centre and the local Church. We also teach the children about the importance of enjoying healthy friendships through Anti-Bullying week, PSHE and assemblies. We celebrate our work with local organisations such as The Rotary Club, Praizin’ Hands, Pennington Junior School and Colton Care. At Pennington Infant School we celebrate diversity.
Supporting our Children to Keep Themselves Safe
Within the curriculum we support our children in how to keep themselves safe. This includes teaching about Internet Safety, Sun Safety, Water Safety, Beach Safety, Fire Safety and Stranger Danger( see photos and power points below). Our children know that they can talk to the adults in school about any concerns and that it is our job to keep them safe. Children in KS1 are encouraged to visit Mrs Butcher, who is ELSA trained (Pupil and Family Support Lead) in The Drey if they have any concerns that they would like to share.