Safeguarding

Our Safeguarding Commitment

Here at Stapleford Abbotts Primary Academy we are committed to providing a safe and secure environment not only for our pupils but also our staff, visitors and families. All staff have read and committed to section 1 of the DFE guidance “Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSiE 2021) and recognise and understand that safeguarding children is the responsibility of all. At Stapleford Abbotts Primary Academy we aim to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children through early intervention, vigilant and rigorous safeguarding procedures and through effective and efficient record keeping.

What is safeguarding?

Members of staff, parents/carers and visitors who come on to our school premises have a duty of care towards the welfare and safety of the children who attend our school. This is called Safeguarding.

Every child can potentially be hurt, put at risk from harm or abused regardless of their age, gender, religion, ethnicity or disability.

Safeguarding means that:

  • Children are protected from mistreatment

  • A child’s health or development is protected

  • Children grow up with safe and effective care

  • Action is taken to ensure the best outcomes for all children

Safeguarding is the action we take to promote the welfare of children in our care and to protect them from harm.

This is very important to Stapleford Abbotts Primary Academy!

Everybody's responsibility

Keeping children safe is the responsibility of the whole school community, this means even those visiting the school have a responsibility to report instances of actual or suspected abuse or neglect to the Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL’s).

Designated Safeguarding Lead and Child Protection Officers are:

Ms Emma Speller - Headteacher

Mrs Jay - Assistant Headteacher


The DSL’s take lead responsibility for safeguarding and children protection (this includes online safety) and are available to provide advice and support to other staff on child welfare and child protection matters. DSL’s take part in strategy discussions, interagency meetings, Core Groups and Child Protection Conferences and contribute to the assessment of children by providing reports, making referrals and attending meetings.

Confidentiality

Information from parents about possible child abuse cannot be kept confidential. Information and records about children will be given only to those people who need it to keep a child safe and will be kept strictly confidential by them.

The school adheres to a strict whistle blowing policy which applies to all staff members, Governors and volunteers in school. It outlines who and where report concerns about staff conduct relating to the safeguarding of children to.

As part of our safeguarding policy, all visitors and contractors are required to adhere to the following steps:

  • Bring current photographic identification i.e. employer issued ID card, passport or driving license.

  • Having signed in, all visitors must display their ID badge and Academy visitor's badge.

  • Read the school's Safeguarding leaflet before entering the school

  • All visitors should remain in the areas appropriate to the purpose of their visit.

  • If visitors identify a concern in relation to the safety of a child they should inform a member of staff or the main reception immediately.

  • In the event of a fire, evacuation should be made by the nearest safe exit. There are two main marshalling points.

    • The school playground

    • Pre-school car park

  • If any visitor has any additional requirements i.e. medical, access, dietary or hearing they should inform a member of the office staff upon arrival.