Building an Ethos of Safeguarding Children
All staff who work with our children are aware of their safeguarding responsibilities. The school's 'Safeguarding Principles and Responsibilities' documents (see below) support staff in following the advice set out in the school's Child Protection Policy, Keeping Children Safe in Education (2016), Working Together to Safeguarding Children (2015) and The Prevent Duty (2015). Staff have annual safeguarding training and safeguarding is a standing agenda item during our staff meetings.
The school has a team of Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL's). The school's headteacher, Mr Andrew Shore, is the appointed DSL and in his absence, Mrs Chris Bristow (Deputy), Miss Hogbourne (Senior Teacher), Mr Goodchild and Miss Sired (Team Leaders) are available at all times. All staff know how to report concerns and are aware of the signs of abuse and neglect. All concerns are always addressed and/or investigated. The school works closely with other professionals because we understand that, in order to gain insight into children's needs, a multi agency approach is essential.
Our children are taught how to keep safe as part of the curriculum and during assemblies. At Foxhills Junior School we listen to children and always take swift action to ensure all children are safe.
We have taken the guidance from all documents related to safeguarding children, including 'Keeping Children Safe in Education 2015' and 'Working together to Safeguard Children 2015' to create our own set of safeguarding principles.
OUR SAFEGUARDING PRINCIPLES
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility
We provide a safe environment
We are vigilant about identifying signs of abuse, neglect and vulnerability to radicalisation
We teach children to keep themselves safe, personally and educationally
We promote positive behaviour and relationships
HELP YOUR CHILD SAY NO!
It can sometimes be hard for children to stand up to their friends, so Childline offers the following tips on how to say no:
Say it with confidence:
Be assertive. It’s your child's choice and they don’t have to do something which makes them feel unsafe or uncomfortable. They may also find that other children in their group agree with them but didn’t have the confidence to say it first.
Try not to judge the other child:
Make sure they talk about the ‘choice’ they don’t like, rather than the other child. By respecting their choices, they should respect your child's.
Spend time with friends who can say ‘no’:
It takes confidence and courage to say no to their friends. Encourage your child to spend time with other friends who also aren’t taking part.
Suggest something else to do:
If your child doesn’t feel comfortable doing what their friends are doing, get them to suggest something else to do.
Any child worried about peer pressure or online worries can contact Childline on 0800 1111.