Everyone working in or for our school service shares an objective to help keep children and young people safe by contributing to:
- Providing a safe environment for children and young people to learn and develop in our school setting.
- Identifying children and young people who are suffering or likely to suffer significant harm, and taking appropriate action with the aim of making sure they are kept safe both at home and in our school setting.
ARK Brunel Primary Academy is committed to Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of all of its pupils. Each pupil’s welfare is of paramount importance. We recognise that some children may be especially vulnerable to abuse. We recognise that children who are abused or neglected may find it difficult to develop a sense of self worth and to view the world in a positive way. Whilst at school, their behaviour may be challenging. We recognise that some children who have experienced abuse may harm others. We will always take a considered and sensitive approach in order that we can support all of our pupils.
This section will consist of the following information:
• Identifying Children who are suffering or likely to suffer Significant Harm.
• Taking Action to Ensure that Children are Safe at School and at Home.
• Staff will immediately report.
• Responding to Disclosure.
• Action by Designated Senior Person.
• Action following a Child Protection referral.
• Recording and Monitoring.
• Supporting the Child and Partnership with Parents/Carers.
Teachers and other adults in school are well placed to identify children and young people who may be suffering significant harm. They can observe any physical, emotional or behavioural signs which indicate that a child may be suffering significant harm. The relationships between staff, pupils, parents/carers and the public, can foster respect, confidence and trust, and lead to disclosures of abuse, and/or school staff being alerted to concerns.
Definitions: • The Children Acts 1989 and 2004, states that a child is anyone who has not yet reached his/her 18th birthday.
• Harm means ill-treatment or impairment of health and development, including, for example, impairment suffered from seeing or hearing the ill-treatment of another
• Development means physical, intellectual, emotional, social or behavioural development.
• Health includes physical and mental health.
• Ill-treatment includes sexual abuse and other forms of ill-treatment which are not physical.
• Abuse and Neglect are forms of maltreatment. Somebody may abuse or neglect a child by inflicting harm or failing to act to prevent harm. Children may be abused in a family or in an institutional or community setting; by those known to them, or, more rarely, by a stranger. They may be abused by an adult or adults or another child or children. Abuse takes many forms, including physical, sexual, emotional, and neglect.
Please find our full policy below.
School staff have received training and are aware of current guidance for schools regarding Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and the school follows the guidance for prevention and identification as outlined in the guidance document below.