Safeguarding at Meadowpark School
Meadowpark School takes seriously its responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of children and young people in its care. “The welfare of the child is paramount” (the Children Act 1989).
Section 157 of the Education Act 2002 places a statutory responsibility on the school to have policies and procedures in place that safeguard and promote the welfare of children who are pupils in the school. Under the Ofsted framework, safeguarding is a key indicator of what constitutes a good school. There are safeguarding notices around our school to remind staff and visitors of our policies and practices.
Meadowpark School Safeguarding Mission Statement
The wellbeing of a child is the paramount consideration in all circumstances. Safeguarding children is everybody’s responsibility.
Safeguarding children is our priority and everyone’s responsibility. An active safeguarding culture is embedded within the school. Everyone at Meadowpark school is listened to, valued and respected, and pupils know that there are adults in school who they can talk to. We will provide and maintain an environment where our pupils and school staff feel safe and secure and are encouraged and confident to share concerns.
All Meadowpark staff who come into contact with the children and their families will:
- Be able to identify potential indicators of abuse or neglect
- Have read the Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy
- Know their role and responsibilities within their team
- Know how to communicate and record concerns
- Know to act upon concerns in line with the principles and procedures for local child protection management
Therefore, all children at Meadowpark will:
- Be treated with respect and afforded full civil and legal rights
- Be listened to and taken seriously, whatever their level of development or communication
- Be given time to do things for themselves, to understand and be understood
- Be involved in decisions that affect them
- Have their privacy respected at all times and in all places
- Have a right to confidentiality – all information about them will be treated carefully, be kept safe and only shared with those people who need to know
Worried about a child?
Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Debbie Brown
Deputy Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Jane Beaumont.
Nominated Safeguarding Governor is Ms Charlotte Rowe
If you are concerned for a child:
If they are in immediate danger/risk of harm call the police on 999.
Any adult can make a referral to Social Services via Wiltshire’s Multi agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 0300 456 0108 (5:30pm-9:00am 0845 6070 888)
Preventing Radicalisation in school
Building resilience in our young people and the promotion of fundamental British values is at the heart of preventing radicalisation. We do this by providing a safe place in which children can discuss issues, and we aim to give them the knowledge and confidence to challenge extremist beliefs and ideologies.
The Prevent duty is carried out under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, which legally requires schools to take steps to prevent pupils from being drawn into terrorism. Meadowpark school takes this duty seriously and carries out the four main actions responsibly, namely: risk assessment, working in partnership, staff training and policies. If we assess a child as at risk, we refer to the Channel Programme, which focuses on providing support at an early stage to people who are identified as being vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism.
Senior staff have received WRAP training (Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent) and have trained staff to familiarise them with the Prevent Duty. We recognise that we play a vital role in keeping children safe from harm, including from the risks of extremism and radicalisation, and in promoting the welfare of children in our care.
What we do if there is a concern
If we have a concern about a particular pupil, we will follow the school’s normal safeguarding procedures, including discussing with the school’s designated safeguarding leads, and where deemed necessary, with children’s social care.
We may also contact the local police force or dial 101 (the non-emergency number). They can talk to us in confidence about concerns and help us gain access to support and advice.
Mental Health and Well-being
You may find this guidance from Wiltshire Council Useful if you have any concerns about your child’s mental health and well-being.
Use of photographic/video images
Meadowpark school recognises the benefits of using technology to enhance learning, capture experiences and embrace our ever-changing digital world. Pupils and members of staff often use digital media to record evidence of activities in and out of school. These images may then be used in presentations in subsequent lessons or in displays around the school.
Images may also be used to celebrate success through their publication in newsletters, on the school website and occasionally in the public media.
Meadowpark school complies with GDPR and requests parents/carers’ permission before taking images of pupils. We will also ensure that when permitted images are published, children cannot be identified using their full names.
In accordance with guidance from the Information Commissioner’s Office, Parents and Carers are welcome to take videos and digital images of their own children at school events for their own personal use. To respect everyone’s privacy, and in some cases protect vulnerable individuals, these images should not be published or made publicly available on any social networking sites, nor should parents/carers comment on any activities involving other pupils in the digital / video images.
Child Sexual Exploitation
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Online Safety at Meadowpark school
What is Online Safety?
Online Safety can also be called ‘internet safety’, ‘E-safety’ or ‘web-safety’. Online safety is often defined as the safe and responsible use of technology. This includes the use of the internet and other means of communication using electronic media (e.g., text messages, gaming devices, email etc.).
In practice, online safety is as much about behaviour as it is electronic security. Online safety in this context is classified into three areas of risk:
- Content: being exposed to illegal, inappropriate or harmful material
- Contact: being subjected to harmful online interaction with other users
- Conduct: personal online behaviour that increases the likelihood of, or causes, harm.
Internet Matters – A comprehensive resource for parents, carers and professionals for all internet safety related queries and questions.
Thinkuknow – E Safety advice for parents and carers
Advice from Childnet about staying safe online
NSPCC – How to stay safe online