AT BRACKEN EDGE PRIMARY SCHOOL WE ARE COMMITTED TO SAFEGUARDING, AND PROMOTING THE WELFARE AND WELLBEING OF ALL OUR CHILDREN AND ADULTS.
We believe that school should be a place where children feel safe, valued and listened to. We recognise that some children may be especially vulnerable which can impact on other children either directly or indirectly. We always take a considered and sensitive approach so that we can support all of our children and families.
Everyone working in our school has the responsibility and understands their roles and duties in the effective safeguarding and protection of every child in our care. We aim to identify children and young people who are suffering or likely to suffer from significant harm, and take appropriate action with the aim of making sure they are kept safe both at school and home. Our priority is to provide a safe environment for children and young people, enabling them to learn develop to their fullest potential.
The school has staff who are trained as designated safeguarding personnel, Miss Carr, Mrs Lunn, Mrs Griffiths and Ms Ahmad. They ensure that any child protection concerns which are raised about a child are dealt with quickly, safely and fairly. It is our duty to report any serious concerns to the relevant authority.
To read the Keeping Children Safe in Education Policy from the DfE, please click here
To read our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy, please click here
If you have any concerns about a child at our school, please talk to us. The above people are our Designated Staff for Child Protection.
If you have an urgent concern about a child, or you need advice or information, you can call the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000 – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If you think a child is in immediate danger, do not delay - call the police on 999.
NSPCC HelplineThe Department for Education has commissioned the NSPCC to establish a dedicated independent helpline for people who have experienced sexual abuse in educational setting.
Anyone who gets in touch through this dedicated helpline will also be signposted to other relevant support services available, including Childline, which provides ongoing support and counselling to children and young people.
The dedicated and confidential NSPCC helpline – Report Abuse in Education can be reached on 0800 136 663 or by email at [email protected].
Useful links and contacts
Childline - advice about a wide range of issues
Mindmate - information about mental health and organisations that can help
NSPCC - 0808 800 5000
NSPCC - Online Safety
CEOP - online safety
Net Aware - Your guide to social networks, apps and games
Leeds Women's Aid - 0113 2460401 (24 hours) Textphone @ 07825 156087 (Monday to Friday 9.30am - 5pm)
Keeping Children Safe in Education
Our pupils are continually taught and encouraged to live healthy lifestyles and adopt safe practices. Our safeguarding policies and practices help to ensure that they are safe, happy and healthy.
School policies are in place to ensure that there is a consistent approach to practices throughout the school and that they are followed by staff, governors and volunteers.
Adults have a tremendous impact on young children and with this in mind adults at Bracken Edge Primary School
- are good role models for children
- enjoy their work and working with children
- are conscientious and hard-working
- welcome to support visitors to school
- recognize and value strengths in each other and use these to support everyone
- work within the agreed policies of the school
- promote a happy, caring and safe school
- encourage children to think for themselves, ask questions and find answers
- create an environment of trust whereby children are trusted to work seriously
- challenge and support children in their learning.
There are many policies in place to safeguard our children, including:
This is a sensitive area in which all staff receive regular training. Bracken Edge Primary School and other services for children and families all work together to support the needs of children. There are four designated officers for child protection in school and there is also a named governor for child protection. The child protection policy can be viewed here – Child Protection Policy The Leeds model policy has been adopted, by the headteacher and governing body of Bracken Edge. The policy is reviewed annually in line with any changes that may have been made to the model policy by the safeguarding team. This is to ensure the integration of current issues and good practice. We also follow other statutory guidance, for example, “Keeping Children Safe in Education”, which provides us with a framework for our work on Safeguarding and Safer Recruitment.
Children’s attendance at school is monitored on a daily basis and notable absences or patterns of absences are followed up by the Pastoral team and in more serious cases the Headteacher. We also work closely with the attendance officer of the Together Cluster.
Click here for our attendance policy (March 2023-March 2024)
High standards of behaviour are expected in our school. Our Positive Behaviour Policy sets out how we promote good behaviour and deal with any problems. Our children are often reminded about our school rules and they know that we have them in order for everyone to be happy and keep safe.
School rules poster click here
Health and Safety
Everyone at Bracken Edge Primary knows they have a responsibility to ensure children and adults are able to work in a healthy and safe environment. We have many first-aiders amongst our staff and they deal with illnesses and accidents should they occur.
Through the planned curriculum, we ensure that the issues of healthy eating, physical exercise and safety are taught. This aspect is enhanced by themed weeks and many visitors to school who talk to the children about issues such as road safety, safe people and drugs awareness.
Protecting Your Child From Extremism and Radicalisation (2023)
A short booklet (see below) and supporting slide pack for parents and carers covering:
- what Prevent is
- definitions and key terms
- ways to start difficult conversations
- signs and indicators that a young person may be susceptible to radicalisation
- how to raise concerns about a child or young person who may have been radicalised
Parent/Carer leaflet click here
More information is available from the Educate against Hate website
The aim of this guidance is to inform all staff of best practice around e-safety and draw attention to existing local and national guidance on this subject so that we can maintain the safest possible learning and working environments for children and staff alike. The document has been created in line with national and local guidance.
Acceptable Use of ICT
Safer recruitment and selection
This aspect is taken very seriously. Relevant staff have received appropriate training in safer recruitment process. Governors and the school ensure that all staff new to the school and volunteers who work in school on a regular basis undertake a DBS check and full references are acquired before the person takes up post.
If parents have any complaints, we will listen to your concerns and will follow up any issues. The school is committed to working closely with parents / carers for the benefit of the children and no problem is too small. There is a clear procedure in place; the headteacher will always be happy to meet with you and help resolve any issues and if you continue to feel an issue has not been resolved then you could contact our Governing Body.
The policies mentioned above can be found and downloaded from our polices page.
THE ARRANGEMENTS FOR SAFEGUARDING ARE EFFECTIVE.
Leaders have created a culture where staff are encouraged to pass on any concerns, no matter how small. Consequently, pupils and their families have access to early help and support when needed.
Staff understand the important role they play in ensuring that pupils are safe. Staff know what to look for because of the regular training and updates they receive about child protection,
Pupils told inspectors they feel safe in school. They told inspectors that they are confident to talk to an adult if they have any concerns.
Click here for our safeguarding and child protection policy 2022-2023
Our named designated safeguarding lead officer on the senior leadership team with lead responsibility and management oversight/accountability for child protection is Caroline Carr. In the absence of the designated safeguarding lead our deputy DSL is Jane Lunn
The additional Designated staff members are Jane Griffiths and Nadia Ahmad.
The named governor with responsibility for safeguarding is Julia Shemilt, she can be contacted via the school office.
If you have any queries or concerns please feel free to speak to one of the above members of staff who can be contacted by telephone on 0113 2623335
ONLINE SAFEGUARDING RESOURCES
Parent Info is a comprehensive, free resource for schools covering a range of safeguarding topics and information about apps and when they are updated. The content is updated by CEOP (Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre) and is a valuable reference point for parents / carers.
Please click on the links below for lots of useful advice and tips.
Articles from the parent info website appear below and will automatically update. Please continue to visit this page for the latest guidance and advice.
Designated staff are responsible for ensuring that:
- timely and appropriate safeguarding action is taken where necessary, following local and national policy and procedure;
- staff at Bracken Edge are equipped with the necessary training and development;
- robust systems are in place for recording and safely sharing information.
LEEDS SAFEGUARDING WEBSITE
Getaway Girls is supporting girls and young women. We now have a free phone no. with support by phone, FaceTime and interactive activities See flyer attached and video below of Jojo, Capital FM introducing our support and opportunities available.
Protecting Your Child From Extremism and Radicalisation (2023)
Please see below for a range of helpful documents, guidance and advice.
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