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Safeguarding

What is Safeguarding?
At Downsell Primary School we are fully aware and committed to the on-going protection and safety of our pupils, staff and wider community in accordance with DfE guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children and Keeping Children Safe in Education. An integral part of that work relates to the Government's PREVENT strategy and the duties it places on academic institutions. 

Our school is committed to providing a secure environment for pupils, where children feel safe and are kept safe. All adults in our school recognise that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility irrespective of the role they undertake or whether their role has direct contact or responsibility for children or not. Staff will be alert to issues including:
  • Disclosures by pupils of their exposure to the extremist actions, views or materials of others outside of school, such as in their homes or community groups
  • Graffiti symbols, writing or art work promoting extremist messages or images
  • Pupils accessing extremist material online, including through social networking sites
  • Parental reports of changes in behaviour, friendship or actions and requests for assistance
  • Use of extremist or ‘hate’ terms to exclude others or incite violence
  • Intolerance of difference, whether secular or religious or, in line with our equalities policy, views based on, but not exclusive to, gender, disability, homophobia, race, colour or culture
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils 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.

Our school fulfills the local and national responsibilities in line with the following:

Working together to safeguard children

Keeping children safe in education 

Teaching online safety in schools

Inspecting safeguarding in early years 

EYFS statutory framework 

Sexual violence and sexual harassment 

Children missing in education

Manadatory reporting of FGM (female genital mutilation)

Mental health and behaviour in school

Prevent Duty

County lines

In addition to these statutory documents we have our school policies such as safeguarding policy, online protection, whistleblowing and code of conduct. 

Our Safeguarding Team 

Every adult at our school has a duty of care for our children. All staff are responsible for the safeguarding of all pupils. 

We have a team of staff that oversee and manage safeguarding and child protection across the school; they are our Designated Safeguarding Officers, who are led by the Designated Safeguarding Lead. 

Safeguarding Team .pdf

If you need to contact a member of the safeguarding team please contact the school office on 020 85560103.

Collecting views and feedback
As a school, we seek to ensure that the views of children and parent / carers are sought in order to plan next steps and to ensure that our safeguarding procedures are effective for all.

Pupil views are collected through pupil questionnaires each half term. 

Parent / carer views can be given through our survey by using the following QR Code:





Note for parents and carers:
If you are concerned about a child, young person or a member of staff, please ask to speak to a member of the School’s Safeguarding Team.
Alternatively you can contact the NSPCC: http://help@nspcc.org.uk
Text: 88858
Phone: 0808 800 5000
Or call LBWF Social Care on: 020 84962310

Links for further information:
https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/signs-symptoms-effects/what-if-suspect-abuse/

https://www.walthamforest.gov.uk/content/child-protection


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