Safeguarding and Child Protection
Here at Thrunscoe Primary and Nursery Academy we recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. We will be alert to signs of abuse and neglect and we will follow our procedures and policies to ensure that children receive effective support and protection. The Academy draws its information from the Department for Education statuatory Guidance for Schools and Colleges 'Keeping Children Safe in Education'.
Please click on the link below to access our Safeguarding/Child Protection Policy and Keeping Children Safe in Education.
Our Designated Safeguarding Leads
Our main priority above anything else is to make sure that all of our children are safe by promoting their welfare, wellbeing and keeping them safe from harm. Listed below are the members of staff that make up our Safeguarding Team.
Mr Simon Bate - Head teacher and Safeguarding/Child Protection Lead
Mrs Kerry Allen – Wellbeing Mentor and Deputy Safeguarding/Child Protection Lead
Miss Jo Howden – Deputy Head Teacher / Head teacher and Deputy Safeguarding/Child Protection Lead
How do we keep our children safe?
- Having a dedicated Safeguarding/Child Protection Team of three identified members of staff (see above)
- Having an up to date Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy and Procedures
- Having an open door policy where concerns can be shared in confidence
- By ensuring our staff members receive the relevant training when needed to stay up to date with the latest safeguarding procedures and information
- Where necessary, by sharing information with the appropriate agencies when concerns are raised
- Completing the checking procedures to ensure all staff members have the suitability to work with children and young people
What to do if you have concerns about a child or young person
IF YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE SAFETY OR WELLBEING OF ANY CHILD YOU KNOW, YOU SHOULD ACT WITHOUT DELAY.
If you have a concern about a child or young person, you can contact:
- One of our Designated Safeguarding Leads
- Contact Family Services 'Family First Access Partnership' (FFAP) Team on 01472 326296 for guidance relating to low level concerns or 01472 325555 to report serious concerns
- Report a concern online via North East Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Partnership (NELSCP) https://www.safernel.co.uk/report-a-concern/
- Contact the police on 101 or 999 if in an emergency
You should report any concerns, however small they may seem, as soon as you possibly can. Everyone has a responsibility to keep children safe from harm. Many people worry that their concerns or suspicions may be wrong or that they are interfering unnecessarily or that someone else might report it. Our advice would be to report in any case to the academy or to the FFAP team where they can give advice and the professionals can process the information you have.
North East Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Partnership (SaferNEL) – Website dedicated to Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in North East Lincolnshire
NSPCC – The leading children’s charity fighting to end child abuse in the UK and Channel Islands
Samaritans – Finding out a child is struggling to cope can be a frightening and distressing discovery for parents. The Samaritans offer support for parents of a child who is struggling to cope.
Young Minds – Advice and helpline for parents who are worried about their child’s behaviour or mental health.
CEOP – Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre
Important changes to Safeguarding arrangements in North East Lincolnshire
North East lincolnshire Council has recently reviewed and restuctured the way that it safeguards the children and young people within the area. The Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) has recently been replaced by the North East Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Partnership (NELSCP). NELCP has three partners sharing equal responsibility for safeguarding children and young people. Theses are Humberside Police, NHS North east Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group and north east Lincolnshire Council. Information relating to all safeguarding and Child protection issues can be found on the Safet North east Lincolnshire Website - www.safernel.co.uk
Keeping children safe in education
Safer North East Lincolnshire can be found by clicking on the link below.
Boots Pharmacy Consultation Rooms become safe spaces for victims of domestic abuse
We would like to make you aware that Boots have announced that they are making their pharmacy consultation rooms safe spaces for victims of DA.
While in the consultation room, people will have access to:
- 24-hour National domestic abuse helpline: 0808 2000 247
- Men’s advice line: 0808 801 032
- Scotland - Domestic Abuse & Forced Marriage Helpline (freephone 24/7): 0800 027 123
- Wales - Live Fear Free Helpline (freephone 24/7): 0808 801 0800
- Northern Ireland - Domestic & Sexual Abuse: 0808 802 141
- Signposting to download the free mobile app, Bright Sky, which provides support and information to anyone who may be in an abusive relationship or those concerned about someone they know.
We know that COVID-19 will have serious impacts on the lives of women, children and men who are experiencing domestic abuse. They may feel unsafe with the prospect of being isolated in the house with their perpetrator and the current restrictions put in place to slow the spread of the virus are likely to result in an increase in domestic abuse incidents.
Please be reassured that numerous local and national domestic abuse support services remain in place and are working hard to ensure they can still offer support during this challenging time.
If you, or someone you know, are affected by domestic abuse, call Women’s Aid (who support both men and women) on 01472 575757.
If you or someone else is in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police. If you can’t speak, dial 999 and then 55 to still get help.
For contact details of further domestic abuse support services visit: safenel.co.uk