Newtown Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent, effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at school.
We follow the procedures set out by the Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board in the Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Procedures (www.derbyshirescb.org.uk) and take account of guidance issued by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (in particular Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education). We make updates to our Safeguarding protocols following most recent guidance and work closely with the PEGS schools to update all relevant policies, improve practice and share latest developments. We also undertake a yearly Safeguarding Audit (Head teacher, Chair and Governor Safeguarding lead) and form an Action Plan to address any outstanding areas of need.
If you want to know more about our procedures, please speak to the Head, Mr Ashley Parry, who is also the designated Child Protection Officer or to our Deputy Designated Child Protection Officer, Mrs Belli.
All our staff (including governors) have undertaken up-to-date training in Safeguarding and Safer Recruitment and are familiar with the most recent guidance for professionals (KCSIE 2016 on Governor Secure Area). All those who work with the children (including our governors) have to be cleared through DBS and need to declare their suitability to work with children.These details are kept on a Single Central Record, which is constantly updated, and checked termly by our Safeguarding governor.
Recent training has included:
- Safeguarding for Small schools (Head teachers and Governors)
- Safer Recruitment training (Chair)
- Safeguarding Refresher (Deputy Designated Lead)
- CEOP training (Designated Lead)
- Safeguarding Refresher (Chair, Head teacher, Safeguarding Governor)
- Stronger Families Safer Children (Designated Lead)
- Online Safety (Desinated Lead)
- Safeguarding Designated Leads Primary Forum (Designated Lead)
- Whole Staff Safeguarding Training (All Staff)
- FGM Briefing (Designated Lead and Deputy Designated Lead)
- CSE Briefing (Designated Lead and Deputy Designated Lead)
- Radicalisation / Extremism Briefing (Designated Lead / Deputy Designated Lead)
- DSL Briefing (Designated Lead)
- Completing on-line safety units of work with the children
- Providing NSPCC Childline training for the children - KS1 and KS2 sessions
- Updating our web filtering
- Discussions with the children in class and assemblies about their thoughts regarding their safety
- Helping children to both recognise and resolve conflicts themselves
- Promote physical health and well-being (5/60 programme)
- Assemblies led by significant personnel (PCSO, RNLI Safety, Safety around dogs, etc...)
- Visits from Fire Safety team
- Older children being buddies to younger children at lunch-time
- Meeting children and parents before and after school
- Improving security / access to and from school
- Ensuring children are secure in being able to discuss any worries with us, by promoting a nurturing relationship based on trust
- High Peak Kids Council meeting with Steve Boyd (DCC) to discuss Anti-Bullying as a pupil voice
- Continue to discuss and celebrate British Values
- Sending Digital Parenting magazine to families every Spring Term
Cause for Concern
Our first priority is of course your child’s welfare and school is required to take any reasonable action to ensure the safety of its pupils. However there may be occasions when we have reason to be concerned that a child may be subject to ill-treatment, neglect or other forms of abuse. We will ensure that our concerns about a child are discussed with his/her parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare. In this case school is obliged to follow the Child Protection procedures established by the Derbyshire Area Safeguarding Committee and inform the Social Services of the concern.
If you are worried about a child's safety please do not hesitate to contact Mr Parry, or contact Call Derbyshire 01629 533190, straight away.
Staying Safe Online
We are pro-active in teaching children the skills they need to be safe online. Policies which refer to e-safety are now being revisited to cover the broader area of on-line safety. ON-line safety training has been completed to give us an even better awareness of how to tackle important issues. A brand new site for PARENTS - designed to help children and young people stay safe online can be found on PARENTINFO.
The NSPCC site is really helpful. There is an excellent section (Net aware) which details the most popular social media sites and games children might access and explains the potential risks involved with allowing children access.
Also, please select the link Pokemon Go for parental guidance.
The school completes an ON-LINE SAFETY audit (360) each year.
There will be an ON-LINE SAFETY information for parents meeting later this school year.
If you are concerned about any on-line abuse please report following the button below (also on the home page).