At Broadoak Primary School, nothing is more important to us then the safety and welfare of our pupils. We take rigorous steps to ensure that children stay safe and do not come to any harm. We work closely with parents / carers and a range of professional external agencies to secure this. If you have any concerns, no matter how small they may seem, about the safety or welfare of any child, please talk to one of the staff listed below:
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead Person in school is Mrs Julie Whittaker.
The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are Mrs Karen Wild and Miss Emma Samson.
The named governor is Elizabeth Mullen.
Our aim is always to pick up on issues early and provide appropriate support to families quickly.
People sometimes wonder what the difference is between the terms safeguarding and child protection.
In practice, Safeguarding is the policies and practices that schools and Governing Bodies employ to keep children safe and promote their well-being. This means everything from security of the buildings, to the safe recruitment of staff and everything in between. The diagram below sets out what Safeguarding means in schools:
The School's safeguarding arrangements cover all aspects of life at school, in particular addressing these issues:
- Health and safety
- Harassment and discrimination (Including racism, LGBT groups, harassment between children)
- Physical intervention
- Meeting the needs of pupils with medical conditions
- Provision of medical first aid
- Off-site visits
- Intimate care
- Internet and communications safety
- Physical security of the School site
- Protection from maltreatment
- Recruitment and vetting of staff and visitors to the site
- Children Missing Education
This is not an exhaustive list. For further information please visit our comprehensive policy section or the links at the bottom of this page.
Child Protection is one aspect of Safeguarding. Child Protection is a term used to describe the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering or likely to suffer significant harm.
What to do if you think a child is
being harmed or is at risk
If you think a child or young person is being harmed or is at risk of being harmed
then you must contact Children Services and tell them your concerns.
It might be you that is being harmed.
Do not delay, please contact us straight away
-We are here to help you.
You can report your concerns to Salford Safeguarding Children's board
All reports or enquiries concerning the welfare or safety of a child must go straight to the Bridge Partnership on 0161 603 4500 as the first port of call. Bridge Partnership are available Monday to Friday from 8:30am - 4:30pm.
If you need to speak to someone outside of these times, please contact the Emergency Duty Team (EDT) on 0161 794 8888. This applies to reports from the public, council staff, partners and outside agencies.
The email address is email@example.com
If a child is in immediate danger of being harmed or is home alone, call the police on 999.
Or you can also speak to:
NSPCC 0800 800 5000 or http://www.nspcc.org.uk
Childline 0800 1111
To further safeguard your child, the school has been given the opportunity to take part in a project that will run jointly between schools and Greater Manchester Police. This is called Operation Encompass.
This means that if police are called out to a domestic abuse incident the school will be notified so that they can care for your child’s needs the following day. Operation Encompass has been designed to provide early reporting to schools of any domestic abuse incidents that occur outside of school but which might have an impact on a child attending school the following day. This information will be shared on school days during the school term. When incidents occur on a Friday, Saturday or a Sunday, the police will contact the relevant school the following Monday.
A nominated member of school staff, known as a Key Adult, will be trained to liaise with the police. At Broadoak Primary School our Key Adult is Julie Whittaker. They will be able to use information that has been shared with them, in confidence, to ensure that the school is able to support children and their families. Information will be shared where it is identified that a child or young person was present, witnessed or was involved in a domestic abuse incident.
We always endeavour to offer the best support possible to our pupils and believe that Operation Encompass is going to be beneficial and supportive for all concerned.
If you would like more information you can contact our key adult in school or alternatively you could visit the website https://www.operationencompass.org/
As a school we use Toottoot with our Key Stage Two pupils.
Tootoot can be used to report all worries and concerns that children and young people have - from friendship issues to bullying, worries about a friend to issues at home, cyberbullying to mental health related concerns - whatever's on the mind of any child or young person can easily be reported using Tootoot.
It provides children with an alternative way to disclose any concerns when they feel unable to do so face-to-face. This will work alongside current school systems of reporting concerns.
In November, all children in KS2 will receive an individual log-in and will be taught to use the programme responsibly.
For further information please visit the website below:
Prevent is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist or extremist causes. From July 2015, all schools have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism.
All staff received Channel training on this aspect of safeguarding in November 2015. This is updated as part of regular Child Protection training.
Below is a parent pamphlet to outline to parents what this means at Broadoak Primary School.
Should you have any further questions, please contact the school office.
Children and young people spend lots of time on the internet. They may go online to research information for homework or to play games, chat with friends and make new ones.
The internet holds a massive amount of useful information and can also be a really good way of learning about new things and keeping in contact with friends and family. It can also be a very dangerous place so it is important that children are protected and monitored when they are online.
CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) has lots of information about how to keep your children safe online and parental controls. The link to the website is below.
The NSPCC also offers lots of helpful tips and advice parents can use to keep their children safe on the internet and social networks.
The link below outlines the risks and dangers children face when using the internet and provides advice on how to set parenting controls on computers, tablets and mobile phones.
If you would like any further information regarding any aspects of Safeguarding, please don't hesitate to contact the school office or contact us via e-mail at Broadoak.firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Useful Contacts / Websites
Domestic Violence - http://greatermanchesterscb.proceduresonline.com/chapters/p_dom_abu.html
Internet Watch Foundation - https://www.iwf.org.uk/
Young Carers - http://www.salfordyoungcarers.org/
Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation - http://paceuk.info/