Pakefield Primary School's
At Pakefield Primary School, the health, safety and wellbeing of every child is our top priority. We expect all staff, governors, parents, carers and volunteers to share this commitment to safeguarding our pupils.
We listen to our children and take seriously what they tell us. All school staff are trained in Child Protection, and children are made aware of the adults they can talk to if they have any concerns. Staff are trained to look out for signs of physical/emotional harm, neglect and mental health issues and are required to report these to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).
The procedures which we follow have been laid down by Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership and the school has adopted a Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy in line with this.
There may be occasions, where we have to consult other agencies. Where possible our concerns are discussed with parent/carers first before any referrals are made,; unless we believe that this action could be contrary to the child’s welfare.
These services will be able to provide parents and carers with further information and support.
Children's Services: 0808 800 4005
Suffolk Police: 01473 613500
IN AN EMERGENCY DIAL 999
All visitors agree to:
- Not to use their mobile telephones around the school.
- Providing a good example and being a positive role-model by being respectful, fair and considerate to all.
- Treat all children equally.
- Ensure that when working with individual children, that the door is left open, or that you can be visible to others.
- Do not photograph children, exchange email addresses, text messages, and phone numbers or give out your own personal details.
- Only touch children for professional reasons and when this is necessary and appropriate for the child’s well being and safety.
- Please ensure that you wear your name badge or visitors badge at all times.
All visitors and volunteers to the school are made aware of our schools safeguarding procedures. Visitors and staff are not permitted to use their mobile telephones on the school grounds.
Use of photographic equipment in school.
‘Before any photographic equipment is used in school, details must be discussed with the Headteacher or other senior member of staff. The school will record full details of the person requesting permission, date and intended use of images’.
Pakefield Primary School is committed to the highest possible standards of honesty, openness and accountability. It seeks to conduct its affairs in a responsible manner, to ensure that all its activities are openly and effectively managed, and that the School’s integrity and the principles of public interest disclosure are sustained.
In line with that commitment, all members of staff and those working on behalf of the School who have serious concerns about any aspect of the School’s work are encouraged to come forward and voice those concerns to the Headteacher. Staff not only have the right but also a duty to report any improper actions or omissions, particularly where the welfare of young people may be at risk. Where any member of staff decides to report a serious incident within the scope of this policy, whether anonymously or otherwise, this will be treated as a ‘protected’ disclosure. Staff members should feel reassured that they can raise concerns in accordance with this policy without fear of victimisation, subsequent discrimination or disadvantage.
Read more from our Whistleblowing Policy.
If you are a professional who has Safeguarding concerns during a holiday period and you wish to contact the Senior Designated Lead, please contact the Active Learning Trust Head Office on 01223 728394.