Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy
In Moor Row Primary School the health, safety and well-being of our pupils is of paramount importance to all the adults who work or volunteer here. We are committed to providing the best possible education for each individual pupil and this can only be achieved within an environment where pupils are happy, safe and confident. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of pupils is everyone's responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with our pupils has a role to play and this is reflected in the high status given to safeguarding in our school.
There are many aspects to our work in safeguarding and protecting our pupils. The four main elements are:
Prevention: We work hard to create a positive school atmosphere where pupils feel safe and secure. We provide high quality teaching and pastoral support and we ensure that our pupils know what to do if they ever feel worried or unsafe.
Protection: We ensure that all staff are appropriately recruited, trained and supported which enables them to respond to safeguarding concerns in an appropriate and sensitive manner.
Support: Staff are fully supported in their work to provide the highest quality care and support for all pupils. Particular support is given to pupils who are considered to be vulnerable.
Action: All adults working in our school receive high quality training and support which assists them in making informed, timely and relevant decisions and taking appropriate action to ensure all pupils are safe and have the best outcomes.
We have very high expectations of our pupils' behaviour. Our system for promoting positive behaviour is based upon a system of rights and responsibilities. Every member of our school community has the following rights:
- the right to respect
- the right to be safe
- the right to learn
With these rights come important responsibilities and we promote these to ensure the welfare and well-being of all of our pupils in school. Please read the school's Pupil Behaviour Policy.
Attendance: Every Child, Every Day!
Every pupil's behaviour is monitored daily and unexplained absences are always followed up to ensure that their safety and well-being. Please read the school's Attendance Policy.
All pupils will have disagreements from time to time and we appreciate that, when this happens, it can be very upsetting for them. Staff will always support children in resolving such issues in a manner that they are comfortable with but these situations often do not constitute bullying. Where genuine bullying does occur, it is taken very seriously and we will work closely with pupils and their families to ensure that it is resolved and does not happen again. Please read the school's Pupil Behaviour Policy.
We fully appreciate that technology now plays a huge part in the lives of our pupils. We also accept that we have a vital role to play in monitoring our pupils' use of technology and intervening when something goes wrong. Our online-safety curriculum promotes the safe use of technology and we give our pupils the knowledge and strategies that they need to keep themselves safe online. Please read the school's Online Safety Policy.
Our curriculum reflects the needs of our pupils and community; it places high value upon developing our pupils socially and emotionally as well as academically. We ensure that it includes opportunities for Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship which equip pupils with the skills that they need to keep themselves safe. We use the curriculum to promote self-awareness, raise self-esteem and develop assertiveness so that our pupils have the skills and strategies to ensure their own protection. We also ensure that our pupils have a good understanding of the varying forms of discrimination such as homophobia, racism and sexism and know how to challenge these behaviours and seek the support of an adult when needed.
Health and Safety
We have a responsibility to ensure that pupils, staff and visitors experience a safe and secure environment. The school has a comprehensive Health and Safety Policy and Procedures that all staff are familiar with and have to follow. This covers a wide range of things such as building security, first aid and fire safety.
The Government published its Prevent Strategy in 2010 and since then there has been a growing awareness of the specific need to safeguard children, young people and families from radicalisation and extremism.
We understand that all children and young people in today's society are vulnerable to radicalisation and extremism in the same way that they are vulnerable to many other things. We are committed to the prevention of this and have policies and procedures in place that protect our vulnerable pupils. Please read our Prevent Statement.
All of our pupils have the right to protection and they have the right to be safe. It is with this in mind that we have produced our comprehensive our Overarching Safeguarding Statement and Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy which can be accessed below. A parent leaflet summarises our approach to safeguarding.
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