Chestnut Park Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
We have a Safeguarding Policy and procedures in place which can be viewed on our website. All staff (including supply staff, volunteers and governors) must ensure that they are aware of these procedures.
Sometimes, we may have to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child's welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about a pupil are discussed with the child's parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare.
If you are concerned about a child's welfare, please record any observations or conversations that you may have heard and report them to one of our safeguarding leads as soon as possible. Do NOT conduct your own investigation.
If your concerns relate to the actions or behaviour of a member of staff (which would suggest that he or she is unsuitable to work with children) then you should report this to one of the safeguarding leads in confidence. If the concern relates to the Headteacher, you should report it to the Chair of Governors, Dr Anna Simmonds, who will consider what action should be taken.
- Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)- Mrs Hayley Lewis
- Deputy DSL (DDSL)- Mrs Antonia May, Mrs Laura Coppin, Mrs Jane Payne and Mrs Bethan Smith.
- DDSL for After School Club- Mrs Valerie Gallagher
- Additional trained DDSL - Mrs Rainford- Hay (Office Manager), Mrs Jay Chandrasekaran (Teacher) and Mrs Risikat Odugbem (HNTA)
In addition to the Safeguarding Curriculum published in the links below, we ensure a range of visitors and events enhance this provision. For example, in 2018-2018 this has included; NSPCC talks for children, a whole school Safeguarding Week and information event for parents, National On Line Safety day, NSPCC and O2 information sessions for parents and whole class First Aid training.
Safer Holding and Reasonable Force At Chestnut Park in relation to safeguarding children and staff.
The majority of staff are trained in Safer Holding at Chestnut Park. All members of school staff have a legal power to use reasonable force (Use of reasonable force, DfE July 2013).
‘Reasonable force’ includes a broad range of actions that includes physical contact with pupils, usually to control/ prevent harm. A professional judgement is made as to when to use it. ‘Reasonable’ means no more force than is needed. ‘Control’ means, for example, blocking a pupil’s path. ‘Preventing harm’ means, to stop a child endangering themselves or others.
At Chestnut Park we acknowledge that staff must only ever use physical intervention as a last resort, when a child is endangering themselves or others. At all times it must be the minimal force necessary to prevent injury (See GLF Physical Intervention Policy). Only staff who have been appropriately training will use physical intervention techniques. All incidents resulting in physical intervention being used are recorded. Parents will always be informed where physical intervention has been used as a last resort on their child.
Physical Intervention trained staff are:
- Mrs Hayley Lewis
- Mrs Antonia May
- Miss Celestine Browne
COVID-19 school closure arrangements for Safeguarding 17/06/2021 On Line Safety for Parents 17/06/2021 Safeguarding curriculum 22/07/2022 Safeguarding Leaflet for Visitors 17/06/2021 Safeguarding Policy 2022-23 10/09/2022 You Tube Safety Leaflet for Parents 17/06/2021
E-safety - Keeping Safe Online
Online family agreement 02/02/2022