Concerned about a child or young person?
Call the Essex Children and Families Hub on 0345 603 7627.
Out of hours: 0345 6061212
(Mon-Thurs 5.30pm-9am. Fri & Bank Holidays 4.30pm-9am)
“effective safeguarding of children can only be achieved by putting children at the centre of the system, and by every individual and agency playing their full part, working together to meet the needs of our most vulnerable children.” Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018
What is Safeguarding?
At Barling Magna Primary Academy we feel that children have the right to develop emotionally, socially, physically, healthily and academically in a safe and caring environment. We aim to ensure all children come to school and feel happy and secure; are encouraged to talk and are listened to by someone if they are worried.
Schools and their staff form part of the wider safeguarding system for children. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all professionals should make sure their approach is child-centred. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child. (Keeping Children Safe in Education – DfE, 2018).
We have clear and consistent systems in place for reporting concerns and Designated Lead for Safeguarding (Mrs Clarke, Head of School).
All staff undertake annual safeguarding training whilst volunteers and visitors are informed of our procedures via our Safeguarding Leaflets issued at the school office.
In addition to our safeguarding procedures, we ensure your child’s safety by:
Maintaining good relationships with parents- we have an open door policy and a dedicated Family Liaison Officer so that parents may raise concerns in confidence at any time.
Access to other agencies – we work alongside Rochford Extended Services and maintain good relations with other support agencies.
Ensuring the safe recruitment of staff – including training of interview panel, CRB disclosures and all DBS checks, implementation of a Code of Conduct
Regularly reviewing policies for child protection, behaviour, safeguarding and many other related policies.
Health & Safety – we ensure that we are compliant with all the HSE regulations and take on advice and regular updates from ECC
Site security – our school has security doors on the main entrance. All visitors report to the main office in order to gain access to the site.
Pupil voice – we regularly canvass pupils on their views regarding their safety.
E safety – this is an integral part of our computing curriculum.
High expectations of behaviour – our behaviour policy outlines the school’s systems for sanctions and rewards. This is followed consistently by all staff. Bullying, homophobic and racist remarks are not tolerated.
Are you worried about a child?
Contact the nspcc either on Tel: 0808 800 5000 or email via their website.
The following school policies can be found under the ‘key information’ tab. They all link to the safeguarding of children.
Code of Conduct
Equalities Information & Objectives
Health, Safety & Wellbeing
Intimate & Personal Care
SEN - Special Educational Needs
Staff Code of Conduct
Sex & Relationships
Should you require a copy of any of our policies, the school office will be happy to assist.
NSPCC Pantosaurus Dino Talks Pants
Pantosaurus, the latest instalment of the NSPCC’s ‘Pants’ campaign, is a two-minute short designed to encourage parents to talk to their children about sexual abuse. Created by Aardman, the film enlists the help of animated dinosaurs to explain to children how to stay safe from abuse. Aimed at four to eight-year-olds, Adelphoi Music wrote lyrics and music for Pantosaurus, who delivers his message through song.
The NSPCC Pantosaurus campaign, hosted online at nspcc.org.uk, includes conversation resources for parents, children, foster carers and teachers. Children are able to take a short quiz engaging with the content of the NSPCC Pantosaurus video. The PANTS campaign, launched three years ago, explores the Underwear Rule: “Privates are private. Always remember your body belongs to you. No means no. Talk about secrets that upset you. Speak up, someone can help.”