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We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our children and expect all our staff, volunteers and visitors to share in this commitment.

All members of staff have a statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all pupils at all times.

What is Safeguarding? 

Safeguarding means:

  • 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; and 
  • taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best life chances. 

Some common themes in Safeguarding include the following: Neglect, Emotional Abuse, Physical Abuse, Children Missing from Education, Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), Bullying including Cyberbullying, Domestic Violence, Drugs, Fabricated or Induced Illness, Faith Abuse, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Forced Marriage, Gangs and Youth Violence, Mental Health, Preventing Radicalisation, Sexting, Trafficking.  

Safeguarding children and child protection guidance and legislation applies to all children up to the age of 18. 

Safeguarding is the responsibility of all adults, especially those working or volunteering with children.

The school aims to help protect the children in its care by working consistently and appropriately with all relevant agencies to reduce risk and promote the welfare of children.  

Child protection is part of safeguarding and promoting welfare. It refers to the activity which is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or at risk of suffering, significant harm.

Safeguarding encompasses more than just recognising and identifying children at risk from harm and taking action to prevent this.

Safeguarding has many other elements:

  • Safer Recruitment - ensuring that everyone working in our school is suitably qualified and safe to do so;
  • Safer Premises - this includes ensuring our school site is secure and safe and that children ca be collected and dropped off at school safely;
  • Online Safety - ensuring that children and parents know how to keep children safe online 
  • Risk Assessment - and school trips (including residential trips) and other activities are risk assessed to minimise risk and keep children safe;
  • Curriculum - ensuring that we have a broad and balanced curriculum with activities that are fun and engaging, but safe;
  • Partnership Working - working with other agencies to share information; and
  • Attendance - ensuring that children have good education, all absences from school are accounted for and ensuring no children are missing from education.

The school adheres to the following three DfE safeguarding documents: 

  • Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020
  • The Prevent Duty 2015

All staff receive annual Child Protection and Safeguarding update training and are aware of the procedures for passing on concerns within school.

The Lead Safeguarding in Education Officer for Wandsworth led Safeguarding and Child Protection training for support staff on Monday 14th September and for teachers on Monday 21st September 2020.


Responsibilities and Immediate Action

If we have a concern about a pupil or receive information that leads us to be concerned that a pupil has been harmed or is at risk of harm or their welfare is being compromised, we are required to act appropriately to ensure action can be taken to protect the pupil concerned.

The concern may be as a result of a disclosure from a pupil, a parent or a third-party or may arise due to behaviour that has caused us to become concerned. In all instances concerns are passed on to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).

The DSL may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies where 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.

The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) at John Burns Primary School is:

Mr Brian Grogan – Headteacher

The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are:

Mr. Ed Taylor-Graham - Deputy Headteacher

Mr. Richard Bowman - Assistant Headteacher 

Miss Gemma Shettle - Inclusion Leader

Nominated Safeguarding Governors: Mark Holliday and Gemma Potter

Concerns during school holidays/out of school hours

If you have worries or concerns outside of school hours that you feel needs to be reported, click on the link to Wandsworth Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)

If you have concerns about online content click here: CEOP

In an emergency contact the Police on 999

Also, you can call the NSPCC Freephone Child Protection Helpline on 0808 800 5000

Key Policies and Government Documentation:

We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Children Protection and Safeguarding Policy. 

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