Safeguarding Statement

To be reviewed 2020

This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of all children, and expects our staff, governors and volunteers to share this commitment. This policy should be read in conjunction with all other school policies

Our pupils are continually taught and encouraged to live healthy lifestyles and adopt safe practices. Our safeguarding policies and practices help to ensure that they are safe, happy and healthy.

School policies are in place to ensure that there is a consistent approach to practices throughout the school and that they are followed by staff, governors and volunteers. Adults have a tremendous impact on young children, and with this in mind adults at Yeadon Westfield Infant School:

  • are good role models for children
  • enjoy their work and working with children
  • are conscientious and hard-working
  • welcome visitors to school
  • recognise and value strengths in each other and use these to support everyone
  • work within the agreed policies of the school
  • promote a happy, caring and safe school
  • encourage children to think for themselves, ask questions and find answers
  • create an environment of trust
  • challenge and support children in their learning.

There are many policies in place to safeguard our children, including:

Child Protection
This is sensitive area in which all staff receive regular training. Yeadon Westfield Infant School and other services for children and families all work together to support the needs of children. There are two designated officers for child protection in school and there is also a named governor for child protection. The Child Protection Policy can be viewed by parents on the website. The Leeds model policy has been adopted, with minor adaptations to suit our particular context by the head teacher and governing body. The policy is reviewed annually in line with any changes that may have been made to the model policy by the safeguarding team. This is to ensure the integration of current issues and good practice. All allegations of abuse by or complaints about a teacher will be dealt with following LSCB [Leeds Safeguarding Children Board] procedures. If parent/carers have any complaints, we will listen to concerns and will follow up any issues. The school is committed to working closely with parents / carers for the benefit of the children – no problem is too small. There is a clear procedure in place; the head teacher will always be happy to meet and help resolve any issues and if an issue has not been resolved then the next step is to contact the Governing Body.

Equal opportunities
This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of all children, and expects our staff, governors and volunteers to share this commitment.

Children’s attendance at school is monitored on a daily basis and notable absences or patterns of absences are followed up by the Inclusion Worker.

High standards of behaviour are expected in our school. Our Behaviour Policy sets out how we promote good behaviour and deal with any problems. Our children are often reminded about our school rules and they know that we have them in order for everyone to be happy and keep safe.

Parent/carers and children are clear that bullying is unacceptable and know who to speak to if they are concerned or worried.

Health and Safety
Everyone at Yeadon Westfield Infant School knows they have a responsibility to ensure children and adults are able to work in a healthy and safe environment. We have a number of trained first-aiders amongst our staff – they deal with illnesses and accidents should they occur. Each half term there is a fire drill that practises efficient evacuation of the building. The school conducts an annual Fire risk assessment.

Through the planned curriculum, we ensure that the issues of healthy eating, physical exercise and safety are taught. This aspect is enhanced by themed weeks and many visitors to school eg police officers who talk to the children about issues such as road safety and safe people. Safety issues within the curriculum are also discussed and safe practices taught, such as use of equipment in PE.

The aim of this guidance is to inform all staff of best practice around e-safety and draw attention to existing local and national guidance on this subject so that we can maintain the safest possible learning and working environments for children and staff alike.

Acceptable Use of ICT
This policy states what is acceptable in terms of use of hardware, use of the internet and publishing content. It is intended for all ICT users: staff, children, governors and volunteers. Acceptable use of ICT is defined as activities that provide children with appropriate learning experiences or that allow adults to enhance their own professional development.

Use of Images
With regard to photographing and filming, parents are informed that this is for their own personal use and that they must not post images of other people’s children on social media sites.

Safer recruitment and selection
This aspect is taken very seriously. Governors and the school ensure that all statutory guidance is followed to ensure the safety of all our children and staff. All relevant staff attend training and the head teacher sits on all appointment panels.

Site Security
The school provides a secure site but this is only as secure as the people who use it. Therefore all people on the site have to adhere to the rules which govern it. Laxity can cause potential problems to safeguarding. Appropriate gates are locked and all visitors, volunteers and students must only enter through the main entrance and are signed in and provided with an identity badge. Children are only allowed home with adults with parental responsibility or confirmed permission, and this is done through the office.

Whistle blowing
If a member of staff ever has any concerns about people working, paid or unpaid, they have a professional duty to inform the most senior member of staff accordingly. This can be done in writing or verbally and is dealt with sensitively and with the necessary degree of confidentiality.