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
  • Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mrs Dixon
  • Safeguarding Governor: Mrs Monger

Franche Safeguarding Leaflet – Read now

Download and read out Safeguarding leaflet here.

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

Family Front Door: 01905 822666

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:

 

External agency advisory services for parents and carers

  • NSPCC Support and advice on the signs and symptoms of abuse
  • Childline Tips, techniques and ideas for all areas of a child’s life ie 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!
  • 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.

Useful information for Parents/Carers:

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.
Further information regarding Home Education

 

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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