Safeguarding at Sandal Castle VA Primary School
Safeguarding at Sandal Castle VA Community Primary School is given top priority. All adults in our school have a responsibility for Safeguarding Children.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mr Andrew Carter (Assistant Headteacher for Safeguarding). Part of this role is to keep up to date with Serious Case Reviews Nationally to inform practice and cascade training to staff when necessary. The Designated Safeguarding Deputies are Mrs Kelly Wiles, Mrs Nichola Russell and Mrs Sally Howley.These staff have all completed Level 3 Safeguarding Training or higher, led by the WDSCB (Wakefield District Safeguarding Children Board). They complete further training at least every 2 years. Designated Safeguarding Lead Posters are displayed around school.
We have a strong commitment to promoting e-safety and safeguarding children from potentially harmful and inappropriate online material. The appointment of two further deputy designated safeguarding lead practitioners has ensured that e-safety remains a priority in our school. Rachel Watson is DDSL for e-safety across Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 and Sarah Reynolds is DDSL for e-safety across Key Stage 2.
The named governors for e-safety are: Mrs Rachel Laybourne and Ms Kate Feltham.
All staff (teachers, teaching assistants, midday assistants, admin staff and the site manager) have completed Basic Awareness of Safeguarding Training, led by the WDSCB. Those staff who were not able to attend this training or have joined the school since this date have completed similar training programmes.
The named Governors for Safeguarding are: Mrs Nichola Russell and Mrs Sally Howley
All staff recruitment panels include at least one person who has completed appropriate 'Safer Recruitment in Education' training.
All staff in school are required to wear a Sandal Castle Community Primary School Identification Badge. Visitors must sign in at the school office, where they will be expected to wear a personalised visitor sticker and will be required to read a copy of the visitor code of conduct.
All staff, governors, students and volunteers undertake a DBS check and DBS details are kept in a Single Central Record in school.
As a school, we work closely with The Wakefield District Safeguarding Children Board (WDSCB) who is a partnership of all of the relevant statutory, voluntary and community agencies involved in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and young people in Wakefield.
The WDSCB is the key statutory mechanism for agreeing how the relevant children’s organisations in Wakefield co-operate to safeguard and promote the well-being of children and young people and for ensuring the effectiveness of what they do. We are fortunate to announce that Mr Andrew Carter has been elected as the Primary Schools' representative on the WDSCB.
At Sandal Castle Primary we use RM Safetynet to keep everyone safe online. We use a feature called User Based Filtering which gives us greater flexibility over our internet filtering by allowing us to ensure that everyone is receiving the appropriate level of internet filtering.
Not only can websites be blocked for certain age groups but also at specific times.
RM Safetynet is a cloud based filtering solution and therefore does not rely on any expensive on site equipment.
SSL interception allows search terms made on secure websites such as GOOGLE to be intercepted and logged, therefore preventing inappropriate search results form being displayed.
Active adapt content filter instantly scans the content on every page of the website. Risk calculations are made based on this content and a permit or deny decision is made.
Logs can be viewed in Safetynet showing the amount of bandwidth currently being used. These logs also allow us to monitor which websites are visited by everyone in school.
Disqualification by Association
The DFE have made an additional requirement for staff and volunteers in school with regard barring and association.
It runs alongside our normal DBS (CRB) checks.
If you have yet to complete this form then I must ask that you do so ASAP. Those who have not completed the forms and submitted them to the school office will no longer be allowed in school as volunteers. I hope you can understand why the school is having to ask for this information - it is to ensure the safeguarding of all of our pupils.
The Safeguarding Policy (and related policies) form a central part of the Staff Induction process, and all of these policies are reviewed annually.
We believe that it is important to make children and young people aware of behaviour towards them that is not acceptable, and our PSHCE and SEAL curriculum supports children in recognising when their personal safety is being compromised. The school also signposts access to support for pupils, by displaying Childline, NSPCC and CEOP posters and contact telephone numbers.
We are committed to multi-agency working, in order to ensure the best possible outcomes for all of the pupils at Sandal Castle VA Community Primary School.
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