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Welcome to Key Staff in School:

Joanna Macdonald – Headteacher with overall responsibility for Safeguarding and Protecting all children in school

Georgia Hindle – Named Governor for Safeguarding and Child Protection

Sarah Williams – Deputy Headteacher – Designated Lead for Safeguarding and Child Protection

Phil Gibbons - Deputy Headteacher - Deputy DSL

Liz Donoghue – Senior Teaching Assistant – key responsibilities for Early Help / Looked After Children / Counselling

Steph Bhola - Assistant Headteacher - Deputy DSL

Lia Bolton - Assistant Headteacher - Deputy DSL

Rachel Livesey - Assistant Head - Deputy DSL

Children's Rights

At Camberwell Park School we value the rights of the child when safeguarding and protecting them. We have the responsibility to ensure all pupils are able to communicate their thoughts, wishes and feelings; this is promoted through their own reports for meetings / through conversations & observation / social stories / therapeutic approaches / advocating on their behalf.

All pupils will know that there are adults in the school whom they can approach in confidence if they are in difficulty or feeling worried and that their concerns will be taken seriously and treated with respect.

Safeguarding and Child Protection

This policy has been developed to ensure that all staff in Camberwell Park School are working together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people whilst acting in the best interests of them at all times . All staff are PROUD to work at Camberwell Park and embrace the key principles and expectations of Government Legislation and Guidance and Manchester Safeguarding Children’s Board (MSCB) in protecting children and supporting their families, by providing help for families to stay together. They are Passionate about the children and know them well enough to care and know when things are a cause of concern; they are Respectful of all of our pupils and support them through periods of difficulty and help them to cope with adversity and support them in developing positive strategies that help them become resilient. They are Organised and know who to report concerns to and what action to take; they are Understanding of the needs of the pupils and their families and work with other professionals to ensure the holistic needs of the children are met. They are Dedicated to the children and meet their responsibilities in helping to keep them safe.

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Our curriculum enables children to learn to develop the necessary skills to build self-esteem, respect others, defend those in need, resolve conflict without resorting to violence, question and challenge and to make informed choices.

The school has a comprehensive PSHCE and SEAL curriculum that teaches children about safety, relationships, their feelings and emotions; including introducing them to key words such as feeling: ‘safe’, ‘not safe’, ‘scared’, ‘hurt’.

Children and young people are encouraged to express and discuss their ideas, thoughts and feelings through a variety of activities and have access to a range of opportunities which promote the fundamental British values of tolerance, respect, understanding and empathy for others, which supports their social, spiritual and moral well-being as well as their physical and mental health.

Safeguarding and child protection information for parents/carers

Keeping Children Safe

All staff and named governor for safeguarding are trained and take into account the latest advice and guidance provided by the government / MSCB; including Keeping Children Safe In Education January 2021 and Working together to safeguard children 2019.

This helps us to address specific vulnerabilities and forms of exploitation for example:  Safer Recruitment – including DBS / Prohibition checks, Early Help Assessments and Support for Families, Child Sexual Exploitation, Radicalisation and Extremism, Forced Marriage, Female Genital Mutilation, Child Missing from Education, Fabricated or Induced Illness, Faith Abuse, Gangs and Youth Violence etc.

Online safety

Online safety is taught as an important aspect of pupil’s core learning at Camberwell Park, it is important that pupils are taught how to access appropriate sites for themselves, to be aware of programmes that are too old for them and to know what to do if they see something they don’t like.

Keeping Your Child Safe Online – it is vital that you:

  • Set rules for how long they can use technology and what they can do on it
  • Use parental controls to keep them safe
  • Know what sites your child is visiting online
  • That you monitor their activity
  • You don’t allow them to access or play games that are too old for them, this is against the law
  • Know how to ask for help if they see something they don’t like or understand
  • Tell you if they are being bullied
  • Tell that not everyone is their friend and that they must not talk to strangers
  • Social Network sites are for 13yrs + – your child should not have their own account or access yours

Informing Parents / Carers

Our approach to working with parents/carers is one of transparency and honesty and our responsibility is to safeguard and promote the welfare of all the children in our care.  We aim to do this in partnership with our parents/carers. In most cases parents and carers will be informed when concerns are raised about the safety and welfare of their child.  Parents and carers should be given the opportunity to address any concerns raised. The DP / HT will make every effort to inform parent/carers.

Parents and carers will be informed if a referral is to be made to the Children and Families Service or any other agency.

Parents/carers will not be informed if it is believed that by doing so would put the child at risk. In such cases the Designated Person or Headteacher will seek advice from the Children’s Social Care Service or any other agency.

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