Keeping Children Safe
At Rowdown Primary School the safeguarding of all our children is paramount.
We do this by:
Providing a safe environment for children to learn and play.
Statutory policies are in place. Health and safety regulations provide guidance for all staff, pupils and visitors.
Year 4 and 5 pupils are given the opportunity to become Peer Mediators and learn how to deal with minor conflict through mediation.
Listening to what children tell us.
We have a strong pastoral team including mentors and school counsellors.
Children can talk to any adults in school about anything that is worrying them.
Identifying vulnerable children and families who may require additional support.
We have mentors at school to offer advice and support to families and children. PHSE leaders are also trained to identify and support vulnerable children through the DotCom Programme.
Acting swiftly and appropriately when child protection concerns are raised.
We have trained Designated Safeguarding Leads in school who are responsible for
Child Protection. Staff are always happy to speak to any parent/carer who has a concern.
Working effectively with all outside agencies who are involved in providing services for our children.
We have a duty of care to our pupils and all staff are supportive to agencies working with our families.
Following safer recruitment procedures and policies when appointing new staff/volunteers.
All staff and volunteers working with our pupils are DBS checked prior to joining the school.
Consistently promoting and ensuring safe practice within our setting.
Our policies are reviewed regularly and are in accordance with current legislation.
If you have any concern that a child has been harmed or is at risk of harm, or you receive a disclosure please contact a member of the Safeguarding Team immediately:
- Cathy Sebire - Designated Safeguarding Lead
- Margaret Keminsky - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
If for any reason the safeguarding team are unavailable then please speak to a member of the Senior Leadership Team or Head of School.
If you are worried about a child out of school hours or during the school holidays please see below:
In an emergency contact the police on 999
Please see links below for further advice:
Advice on how to make a referral
Helping children who have been abused and also preventing abuse
Advice about Child Exploitation and Online Protection
Advice about Domestic Violence
Advice about protecting children from extremism
Children are able to call Childline on 0800 1111 24 hrs a day.