Safeguarding

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Safeguarding

Franche Community Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We pride ourselves on our safeguarding practice and much of this involves the close working partnership that we have with our parents. We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Safeguarding Children Policy.

 

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.

We actively support the Government’s Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism, and Operation Encompass to support children and young people exposed to domestic abuse.

 

Useful Contacts:

  • Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mrs Woodward (01562 751788 x241)
  • Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mrs Dixon (01562 751788 x239)
  • Safeguarding Governor: Mrs Monger


Link to the Safeguarding Team Poster

 

If you have concerns that a child is suffering or likely to suffer significant harm you should contact:

 

Family Front Door: 01905 822666

Family Front Door (out of hours team): 01905 768020

 

If you believe a child is in immediate danger of harm you should contact:

 

The Police: 101 or 999

 

 

All adults who work in school have a responsibility to read and understand all safeguarding policies and act in accordance at all times.

 

 

Useful Information and links:

  • Franche Community Primary School Safeguarding Policy
  • Safeguarding Leaflet for Visitors
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018
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    Early Help

     

    Early Help is an important part of supporting our children and their families as soon as a problem emerges, with the aim to stop problems escalating.  Franche Community Primary School offers extensive Early Help which is tailored to support individual needs.

    Link to Early Help Offer:

  • Franche Community Primary School Early Help Offer
  • More information:

  • Worcestershire Early Help Family support
  • Early Help Newsletter
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    Links to external agency advisory services for parents and carers

    • NSPCC: support and advice on the signs and symptoms of abuse
    • Childline: tips, techniques and ideas to support all areas of a child’s life eg home and families, feelings, friendships, bullying and stress
    • Women’s Aid: information and Support including Freephone 24 hr National Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 2000 247
    • PACE (Parents Against Sexual Exploitation): advice and support service
    • Child Sexual Exploitation: a guide for parents and carers
    • CEOP Child Exploitation and Online Protection
    • Worcestershire County Council: prevention of Extremism and Radicalisation
    • West Mercia Police Prevent – Play your part: supporting and protecting those people who might be susceptible to radicalisation and ensuring that individuals and communities have the resilience to resist violent extremism.

    E-Safety is a crucial part of safeguarding children. Alongside the school curriculum, it is important that parents/carers talk to their children about how to keep themselves safe and know what websites and/or social media children are using.

     

    Links to useful information for Parents/Carers:

    Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as: protecting children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.  To fulfill this duty, Franche Community Primary School endeavour to promote the education, health and well-being of children both during and outside of the school day.

     

    Elective Home Education

    Parents are responsible for ensuring that their children, who are of compulsory school age, receive a full time education which is suitable to their age, aptitude, ability and to any special educational needs that they might have. In England, parents can fulfill this duty by sending children to school or electing to home educate them and therefore taking responsibility for the educational arrangements. Deciding to educate children at home is a tremendous investment in time and energy and there are many considerations to be made.

     

    More information:

    Guidance for Parent/Carers

     

    Fostering

    A new campaign from Worcestershire County Council is hailing Fostering as ‘The Best Job In The World’. The best part about fostering is knowing that you are making a positive difference to a child or young person’s life. You will be helping them to build a better future, by providing care and support at a time when they need it most.

     

    Private Fostering

    • Arranged privately without the support of the Local Authority. A fostered child is a child under 16 (or 18 if disabled) who is being cared for, for 28 days or more, by an adult who is not their close relative.
    • It is usually a cousin or great aunt, a friend of the family, or someone who has agreed to take care of the child by private arrangement without involving the council; close relative is defined as step-parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, uncles or aunts (whether of full blood, half blood or by marriage).
    • The parent is still legally responsible for their child.
    • The Local Authority must be informed by the parent or the foster carer if a child is being privately fostered. School have a duty of care to inform the Local Authority if a private fostering arrangement comes to their attention.
    • Children’s Services have a legal duty to ensure children in this situation are safe and well.

     

     

     

     

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