Safeguarding at Dickens Heath
Dickens Heath Community Primary School is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for children, staff and visitors and promoting a climate where children and adults will feel confident about sharing any concerns which they may have about their own safety or well-being of others.
Please note that all visitors to school must sign in at the main school office using a sign in system. They will be provided with a badge which must be worn at all times whilst on the school site and they will also be asked to sign out upon leaving the school premises. This system ensures that children, staff and visitors are safeguarded.
We believe that every school should provide a caring, positive, safe and stimulating environment, which promotes the social, physical and moral development of the individual child. The Education Act 2002, Section 175, has placed a duty on the Governing Body with regard to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in school. The Governors recognise that all staff and volunteers have a full and active part to play in protecting children from harm.
We will therefore, refer to and/or consult with the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) regarding any concerns about the safety and wellbeing of our children in line with our school policy and procedures for safeguarding children, the Local Safeguarding Children Board Procedures and national guidance. A copy of our Child Protection Policy can be found on the school website.
Safeguarding in the Curriculum
At Dickens Heath, we educate and encourage children to keep safe through the provision of a broad and balanced curriculum which includes a safeguarding curriculum. The curriculum (for example history, English, drama, and RE) and in particular the Personal, Social and Health and Economic education (PSHE) strand of the curriculum, includes an emphasis on relationships (relationships and sex education), building confidence and resilience in children, developing preventative strategies to ensure their own protection and that of others whilst promoting fundamental British Values.
Opportunities are provided for children to develop the knowledge, skills and strategies they need to stay safe from abuse. For example: assessing risk, positive self-esteem, emotional literacy, assertiveness, and understanding of healthy relationships, sex and relationships education (including consent), online safety and anti-bullying. This also includes broader work around safety including life skills such as hygiene routines and practices, road safety and independent travel.
Clear advice and guidance is built into the curriculum to ensure that children understand that there are a range of contacts they can turn to for advice and support and that they know where and how to report abuse.