Safeguarding at Carlton – a parents’ guide
Some people may have heard or seen the word safeguarding being used in connection with schools and education. Below are listed some of the ways that we keep our children safe here at Carlton.
We have a very comprehensive curriculum that aims to keep our children safe and healthy whether this is through: PSHE lessons that tackle online safety, Bikeability, talks from the fire service on fire safety or assemblies that look at positive relationships. Our staff are trained in PREVENT (aimed at tackling radicalisation) and child bereavement though CBUK and Elliot’s Footprint.
Behaviour & Anti-bullying
Carlton implemented its behaviour plan across all areas of school life including lunchtimes in January 2016, with a review in 2019, and staff have all received training on restorative practice from Leeds Authority which is aiming to be Child Friendly city. These measures ensure that children are clear on expected behaviours, rules are implemented consistently and children who are struggling with behaviour for whatever reason are supported. On a wider scale, it also means that the whole school can function harmoniously under the three main rules of ‘Be safe, Be respectful and Be a learner’. Our work on anti-bullying is ongoing throughout the year and there are focused weeks to keep it high on the agenda. Each class has a school Anti-bullying Ambassador. Policies for these important areas of school life are available in the policies section.
Health & Safety and the environment
Regular health and safety walks are carried out by the Head Teacher, Site Manager and governors to ensure the school site is safe and fit for purpose. Recent investment means that our school site is even
more secure with linked fire and security systems, CCTV and an entry system that requires visitors to log in. Relevant risk assessments are written and signed off by Mr Pritchard-Jenkins, the Head Teacher.
Early Help & pastoral support
We have a dedicated team who meet regularly to discuss ways that we may be able to support individual children or their families. The Rothwell Cluster is a wonderful resource that we can signpost families to for additional guidance or help. Our Learning Mentor can work closely with children in school offering ways to develop their self-esteem, confidence building and conflict resolution amongst other things. Please don’t hesitate to contact school if you think any of this could be useful to your family or your child.
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There are three Designated Safeguarding Leads in school and you should contact them if you have any concerns about the welfare or safety of a child in school.
The Department for Education has commissioned the NSPCC to establish a dedicated independent helpline for people who have experienced sexual abuse in educational setting.
The helpline will provide both children and adults who have experienced sexual abuse in schools with support and advice, including onward action such as contacting the police if they wish to. The helpline will also provide support to parents and professionals. Anyone who gets in touch through this dedicated helpline will also be signposted to other relevant support services available, including Childline, which provides ongoing support and counselling to children and young people.
The dedicated and confidential NSPCC helpline – Report Abuse in Education can be reached on 0800 136 663 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.