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Safeguarding

The High Peak Federation 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. 

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. 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)

Prevent

Under the Counter Terrorism and Security Act all frontline staff also require an understanding of PREVENT.
PREVENT covers risk and threat, vulnerability, susceptibility, safeguarding and the process of radicalisation.
 
Senior staff completed the first available training in November 2015 and have received regular additional training since.
Important messages from the PREVENT training have been shared with all staff and appropriate discussions with the children have also taken place.
 
Safeguarding in the Curriculum
 
We have a comprehensive, and ever improving approach, to ensure all our children are safe.
These include some of the following initiatives:
  • 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

Early Help Offer

As a cluster of schools we employ two family resource workers and an overarching safeguarding manager to provide Early Help to our children and their families. These workers are able to facilitate courses for parents, signposting for families and practical solutions. They are incredibly experienced in providing Early Help and working in partnership with other agencies. We are proud to be part of this exciting initiative which will help our local schools to further work together and provide support and stability for our most vulnerable families.