All the governors and staff at East Wickham Primary Academy share the same objective to help keep all children safe by contributing to:
To achieve our objective to keep all children safe we aim to:
Our Safeguarding and Children Protection Policy can be found here.
If a child goes missing from education they could be at risk of significant harm.
Concerns could be raised because
Child has failed to attend school for a number of days without good reason
There has been no contact from the parents giving reasons for the absence
There is unsubstantiated contact from an “unknown adult” that the child has left the school
There are information or “rumours” from other children that the child has left
Information has been found on social media by other children that leads school staff to believe that the child has left
The Protocol is:
1. The school Attendance Advisory Officer will be contacted and asked to make a home address visit to obtain information.
2. The School Attendance Advisory Officer will contact the school at the earliest opportunity to advise staff of the result of the enquiries
3. If it is not possible to speak to the person named as a contact, a letter or e-mail will be sent to that person asking for information about the missing child and their whereabouts
If no contact is made or information gained then:
4. School will contact the Local Authority missing child service and advise them that the child is no longer attending, detailing the enquiries that have been made to trace them and providing any information that has been obtained.
Further information can be found here.
The Designated Teachers for Safeguarding at East Wickham Primary Academy are:
Mrs S Manzi - Headteacher
Mrs M Moore - Head of KS2
Mrs J Whiley - Head of KS1
Statement on the use of physical force and the school’s statutory duty
Parents/carers must understand that they are responsible for disciplining their children or those under their care when they are not in school. They must fully understand and be aware that the use of physical force in disciplining their children or those under their care may be illegal in certain circumstances. This may include where an implement has been used, where the use of that force has resulted in injury and the use of prolonged physical stress positions (this is where children are placed in a position of discomfort for a long period of time). Parents/carers must understand that in these circumstances the school has a statutory duty to report such incidents to Children’s Social Care and that the police may be asked to investigate.
Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children.
Schools have a duty of care to their pupils and staff which includes safeguarding them from the risk of being drawn into terrorism - this includes not just violent extremism but also non-violent extremism, which can create an atmosphere conducive to terrorism and can popularise views which terrorists exploit.
Schools should be safe spaces in which children and young people can understand and discuss sensitive topics, including terrorism and the extremist ideas that are part of the terrorist ideology and learn how to challenge these ideas. School staff are particularly important as they are in a position to identify concerns early and provide help for children, to prevent concerns from escalating.
Schools and their staff form part of the wider safeguarding system for children. This system is described in statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children and Keeping Children Safe in Education (Sept 2018).
Schools work together with social care, the police, health services and other services to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm. Radicalisation is listed as a specific safeguarding issue within statutory guidance and is addressed within the Government Prevent Strategy.
The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 places a duty on Schools to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.
The Prevent Strategy has three main objectives:
· Respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism & the threat we face from those who promote it;
· Prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support;
· Work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation which we need to address.
Please see our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and Prevent Risk Assessment for further information.
Safeguarding has always been a priority for us, but more recently, safeguarding policies have to incorporate the schools fast evolving IT systems. Our Internet provider, EXA Networks, provides both centrally and locally controlled filtering policies and reporting systems which are regularly updated and are Prevent Duty compliant. We have physical safeguarding mechanisms in placing including CCTV, door access security, intercom entry and visitor management.
East Wickham Primary Academy has robust and rigorous safeguarding procedures.
Female Genital Mutilation is a form of child abuse and as such is dealt with under the schools safeguarding and child protection policy.
The school uses the World Health Organisation definition as written below.
“FGM is considered as child abuse in the UK and a grave violation of the human rights of girls and women. In all circumstances where FGM is practised on a child it is a violation of the child’s right to life, their right to their bodily integrity, as well as their right to health. The UK Government has signed a number of international human rights laws against FGM, including the Convention on the Rights of the Child.”
The school has taken information from several documents to write a statement. These include, the Government Home Office guidelines and the Ofsted guidelines for “Inspecting Safeguarding”. The UK Government has written advice and guidance on FGM. Designated senior staff for child protection are aware of the guidance that is available in respect of FGM, and are vigilant to the risk of it being practised.
Please ensure that you update the school office on any changes to your personal details including your address, telephone numbers and emergency contacts. This is to ensure that our records are kept up-to-date and to allow us to contact you urgently if your child is taken ill or has an accident.