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Safeguarding

 

Parents report their children feel safe at school.  Pupils report they feel safe at school.  This is because we have children's safety and well-being as a key priority and have strong safeguarding procedures.

 

All staff and volunteers are given clear guidance in how to behave and work with children and young adults.  They are highly vigilant and report any concerns they have about a child's well-being swiftly.  We will always talk with parents if concerns have been noted and will keep them informed should we feel it is necessary for us to report these concerns to another agency.  Children know they can talk about their worries to an adult they trust.

 

If you have any queries or concerns regarding the safety of a child either inside or outside of school, you can contact our designated safeguarding lead teacher who is Andreya Cowan (Federation Headteacher).  In her absence, you can contact the nominated deputy Sue Parker (Associate Headteacher).  If either of these people are unavailable you can speak to Penny Atherton (Infant Deputy Head) or James Hollis (Junior Deputy Head).

Our safeguarding governor is Joseph Lee, who can be contacted via the school office.

You can also contact the local authority directly with any concerns on 01275 888 808

 

We have safe computer access, with secure filtering and we train children and staff in e-safety.  We also provide guidance to parents on e-safety.

 

Our safeguarding procedures are monitored by the School Governors and by North Somerset Council.

 

High Down Infant School and the Governing Body fully recognises its responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and to work together with other agencies to ensure adequate arrangements within our school to identify, assess, and support those children who are suffering harm.  We also follow safer recruitment practices when appointing new staff and volunteers. Our staff and governors regularly undertake training in this area to ensure the welfare and safety of our children remains paramount.

 

We have a Safeguarding Policy that applies to all staff, governors and volunteers working in the school and we all follow the Safer Working Practices document (see documents below).

To see our policy follow this link to the LSP website.

 

For further information please visit:

http://www.northsomersetlscb.org.uk

 

For information on domestic abuse please visit the following websites:

http://www.n-somerset.gov.uk/Social%20care/domestic_abuse/Pages/Domestic-abuse.aspx

 

http://www.womensaid.org.uk/

 

Other useful numbers are listed below, or click on the name to be taken directly to their website. 

 

National Childline: 0800 1111                        NSPCC: 0800 800500  

 

Women's Aid: 0845 023 468                          Samaritans: 0845 790 9090 

 

NAPAC (National Association for Persons Abused in Childhood): 0800 085 333

 

KIDSCAPE (Preventing Bullying Protecting Children): 0207 730 3300  or 08451 205 204   

 

National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 200 0247

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