Normanton Common Primary Academy is wholly committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment.
Safeguarding the welfare of children is of paramount important and is the school's first priority. We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued. We want our children to be able to shine as individuals and reach their full potential. We will act quickly and follow our procedures so that children receive effective support, protection and justice. Through our day to day contact with pupils and direct work with families, school staff have a crucial role to play in noticing indicators of possible abuse or neglect. Parents should be aware therefore that, where it appears to a member of staff that a child may have been harmed, the school is required to report the concern to Social Care Direct. This is part of local child protection procedures.
All staff will respond appropriately to:
- Significant changes in a child’s behaviour
- Deterioration in their general well-being
- Unexplained bruising or other signs of possible physical abuse
- Signs of neglect
- Comments children make which give cause for concern
Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility. The following staff have specific responsibility for safeguarding and child protection.
- Linsey Cavell (Headteacher) Designated Safeguarding Lead
- Sarah Conway (Pastoral Support Manager) Deputy DSL
- Mary Douglas (EVC/teacher) Deputy DSL
- Helena Ho (Learning Mentor) Deputy DSL
The WDSCB (Wakefield District Safeguarding Children Board) is a partnership of all the relevant statutory, voluntary and community agencies involved in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and young people in Wakefield. Click here to link to the website.
How does the Prevent Strategy apply to schools?
The UK government has placed a legal duty on schools to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. This means all schools have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism. Our Designated Prevent Lead is Mrs Cavell.
Many of the things we already do in school help children become positive and happy members of society and many of the practical steps we take to implement our effective safeguarding systems help us to understand the needs of the community we serve.
In school we:
- risk assess on a case by case basis to identify the most appropriate referral level
- have protocols for ensuring visiting speakers are vetted, suitable and appropriately supervised when in school
- receive training that provides knowledge, awareness and the skills to confidently challenge negative attitudes and stereotypes
- work in partnership with Wakefield & District Safeguarding Children Board
- ensure our children are safe from extremist material when accessing the internet and other IT facilities in school through robust filters
- provide a safe place for pupils to talk about issues so they can better understand how to keep themselves safe
- teach a broad and balanced curriculum which prepares pupils for the opportunities and responsibilities of life today
- teach children about the importance of making wise behaviour and learning choices through our Rights and Responsibilities framework. Click here to view.
- teach children about the importance of community and about being curious to learn from others' differences as well as similarities