What is Safeguarding and Child Protection?
Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
- protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
- preventing harm to children’s health or development
- ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
- taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes
Safeguarding children and child protection guidance and legislation applies to all children up to the age of 18. Child Protection is part of Safeguarding and promoting welfare. It refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm.
Through our curriculum, we teach children to stay safe and happy. We encourage the understanding that any problem or worry that they may have is important, and to share their worries, big or small with a trusted adult; at home or at school. The NSPCC website has more information and resources.
The Greville is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We believe that children have a right to learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment, which includes the right to protection from all types of abuse, where staff are vigilant for signs of any child in distress and are confident about applying the processes to avert and alleviate any such problems. This means that we have a Safeguarding Policy and procedures in place. All staff receive training and regular updates and are aware of these procedures. There is a link to the policy at the bottom of this page.
At times we may need 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 our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.
Our Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) are:
Duncan Steele - Head Teacher
Louise Simpson – Assistant Head teacher
Millie Cushnie – Assistant Head teacher
Kirsty Buckland – SENCO
Fina Tisi - SENCO
Victoria Goram - Admissions and Attendance officer
If you are concerned about a child’s welfare, please record your concern, and any observations or conversation heard, and report to one of the DSLs as soon as possible the same day. Do NOT conduct your own investigation.
If your concerns relate to the actions or behaviour of a member of staff (which could suggest that s/he is unsuitable to work with children) then you should report this to one of the DSLs in confidence, who will refer the matter to the Head teacher (or the Chair of Governors if the concern relates to the Head teacher) – who will consider what action to take.
Protecting children from the risk of radicalisation is seen as part of schools’ wider safeguarding duties, and is similar in nature to protecting children from other forms of harm and abuse.
All schools have a duty to prevent radicalisation and extremism and staff have had training on this.
At The Greville, we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views. More information can be found about British Values in the curriculum section of the website.
From 1 July 2015, schools are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This duty is known as the Prevent duty.
Please see the leaflet on Prevent via the following link:
Key documents that schools refer to with regard to safeguarding include:
Supporting pupils and families through the school nurse service
in Primary Schools
Our pupils are supported through a school nursing service provided by CSH Surrey, which is contracted by the NHS
The school nurses work as part of a wider 0-19 years Children and Families Service at CSH Surrey.
Our skilled teams are committed to supporting the health development and wellbeing of all those aged between 0-19 years. We work within a range of settings including schools and nurseries.
The 0-19 Team is comprised of; specialist practitioner school nurses and health visitors, staff nurses, nursery nurses and community health assistants.
Therapist such as speech and language therapists, occupational therapists and physiotherapists may also see children with specific needs.
The school nursing team provide:
- Health screening
- Health education as part of the school curriculum: for example, healthy life style choices
- Advice, support and referral to specialist services such as Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy
- School staff training on a range of medical issues for example, use of Adrenaline Auto Injectors for children with allergies and asthma management
- Additional services for children and families with specific needs.
The school nursing team is also available to provide support to parents and carers on a range of health issues that may be concerning them, and where appropriate signpost to appropriate services. Further information including contact details can also be found on CSH Surrey’s website