Sudley Infant Schools’ safeguarding charter
We are committed to:
- Always acting in the best interests of the child, ensuring their views and wishes are heard and acted upon
- Safeguarding children and promoting their welfare. This is a shared responsibility within our school and together with all partner agencies.
- Working with partner agencies to safeguard children by adhering to Local Safeguarding Children Board policies and procedures and national guidance, particularly the LSCB responding to needs framework/levels of need guidance. We will contribute to effective holistic assessments of the child and family to ensure better outcomes for children.
- Working in partnership with other agencies to provide early help in keeping with the statutory guidance in Keeping Children Safe in Education (DFE) and Working Together to Safeguard Children (DFE). Schools are well placed to promote early help (Levels 2 and 3) and undertake early help assessments with other agencies before children’s needs escalate to a point where a statutory referral to Children’s Services is required (Level 4)
- Providing effective induction of all staff and volunteers, and regular on-going training to ensure all adults can recognise signs and indicators of abuse and harm. Adults working with children are always expected to act in the best interests of the child and understand that, if necessary, anyone can make a referral to Children’s Services.
- Ensuring that safer recruitment practices are adhered to and that we have well understood safeguarding policies and procedures. Our code of conduct for adults will promote safer working practices and a culture of vigilance and challenge.
- Challenging ourselves and multi-agency partners to ensure actions to improve outcomes for children are completed in a timely way; always escalating our concerns when a child’s needs remain unmet.
- Quality assuring our practices and specifically completing any actions arising from the Local Authority’s 175 safeguarding audit. Governors and school leaders will quality assure all safeguarding practices, including maintaining support and oversight through effective supervision of the Designated Safeguarding Lead and safeguarding team, their decisions, actions and record keeping.
- Implementing any learning arising from local and national serious case reviews and other reviews, for example the need to listen and respond to the views and wishes of children, especially when assessing their needs and providing on-going support.
- Providing children with a curriculum which enables them to learn about risk and how to keep themselves safe and maintain happy and healthy relationships. We will provide a listening culture where children have identified adults who they can discuss their concerns with.
The Designated Safeguarding Officer is Mrs O’Rourke and can be contacted via the school office. If Mrs O’Rourke is unavailable the Deputy Safeguarding Officers are Mrs Mylett, Miss Muchmore and Mrs Brown. Alternatively you can contact Ms Thomas.
The NSPCC can advise you how to keep children safe from abuse.
Clever Never Goes
Sudley Infant School will introduced a new child safety initiative called ‘Clever Never Goes’ during February 2019.
The ‘Clever Never Goes’ programme has been developed to replace the out-dated ‘stranger danger’ approach. Research shows that teaching children simply to avoid strangers fails to keep them safe. Strangers are often more likely to help a child than to harm them. Conversely, it can often be people known to children that pose the greatest threat.
‘Clever Never Goes’ moves the focus away from strangers and instead teaches children to recognise when someone (whether they are known to the child or not) is trying to persuade them to go with them. The programme is designed to be fun and positive, whilst at the same time delivering a serious message and giving children practical safety skills and confidence to engage with the outside world.
In addition to the schools lesson you too can help your child to understand the Clever Never Goes message. You can download (free of charge) a Clever Never Goes home pack at the website www.clevernevergoes.org/parents. The home pack contains some great ideas for how to approach this topic with your children as well as games and activities. On the website, you can also see a series of cartoon sketches which are a good way of reinforcing the Clever Never Goes message and checking that your child has understand the key Clever Never Goes message. Please do make use of these resources.