At Albrighton Primary School and Nursery we believe that it is always unacceptable for a child or young person to experience abuse of any kind and recognise that safeguarding the welfare of all children and young people is everyone’s responsibility at our school. We follow Shropshire Safeguarding Partnership (SSP) procedures and acknowledge that the welfare of the child is paramount.
At Albrighton Primary School and Nursery it is our duty to respond promptly and appropriately to all concerns, incidents or allegations of abuse or neglect of a child. We work in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies. Our statutory duties and supporting guidance are set out in The Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements in the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) 2021, the Ofsted Compulsory Childcare Register, Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 and Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022 (KCSiE).
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined for the purposes of our policy as:
- Protecting children from maltreatment;
- Preventing impairment of children’s mental and physical health or development;
- Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes
At Albrighton Primary School we recognise that all children, regardless of who they are or where they are from have the right to protection from all types of abuse. No child or group of children in Albrighton Primary School will be treated any less favourably by us than others in being able to access their right to education or other services and support we are reasonably able to provide to or access for them for them for the purposes of safeguarding and promoting their welfare. This may mean that additional positive actions and/or safeguards may be taken by us to ensure the individual and/or groups of children are not disadvantaged from receiving education or services or disproportionately subjected to abuse.
Our staff are expected to act as role models at all times. All members of staff – teaching and non-teaching alike – have been recruited following safer recruitment procedures. When a new member of staff joins our school they receive an induction and staff handbook which includes information on safeguarding child protection, our health and safety and Keeping Children Safe in Education. Our safeguarding and child protection polices clearly set out the school and our staff’s responsibilities towards ensuring that all children at Albrighton Primary are kept safe and protected from harm. All our staff and governors undertake regular safeguarding and child protection training.
Staff with key safeguarding responsibilities
Our designated Child Protection and Safeguarding Leads are:
Mrs Julie Bratt - Headteacher
Mrs Karen Tearle - Deputy Headteacher
Mrs Georgie McCluskie - Nursery Manager
Values such as kindness, respect and honesty teach our pupils to be ready, be safe and be respectful to each other. We have an open and honest atmosphere at school, where children are nurtured and taught that they are able to confide in any adult if they are worried about anything.
Reporting a Concern
If you have a concern about the welfare of a child at school you can contact us at school and ask to speak to a DSL.
If you think a child or young person is being harmed or at risk of being harmed you must contact the First Point of Contact (FPOC), Children's Services and tell them your concerns. Don't delay, as they are there to help. Please report your concerns to FPOC on 0345 678 9021.
If you believe a criminal offence has been committed you can contact
West Mercia Police on 0300 333 3000 or 101.
In an emergency always dial 999.