The Safeguarding Staff in Our School are:
Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) - Mrs Kate Bignell Page
(Tel 01922 682073 Option 2)
The Link Governor to Safeguarding - Cllr Garry Perry
Deputy Safeguarding Lead - Glyn Bagley
Designated Lead for Looked After Children - Glyn Bagley
Deputy Lead for Looked After Children - Kate Bignell Page
E-Safety Co-ordinator - Kate Bignell Page
Behaviour Lead - Kate Bignell Page
Chair of Governors - Garry Perry
Single Point of Contact Lead for PREVENT (SPOC) - Glyn Bagley
Lead for Attendance - Glyn Bagley
Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) - Sallyann Tuckwell Allen
Social Mentor - Dean Steatham
Further information on safeguarding can be found under 'Key Information > Policies.'
All staff, governors and students receive regular training in safeguarding. Disclosures are just as likely to be made to one of our lunchtime supervisors or students as to any other member of staff therefore it is important that our school community know how to deal with disclosures and who to report to, all in a timely manner. All staff including lunchtime supervisors, students and governors receive annual child protection level 1 training. The Designated Safeguarding Lead, the Deputy Designated Lead and the Governor for safeguarding receives the Advanced level 2/3 Child Protection annually. Throughout the year formal staff/governor/student training takes place on a variety of subjects such as internet safety and Wrap (radicalisation and extremism) training. The Designated Safeguarding Lead attends all of the safeguarding briefings that are arranged by Walsall Children's Safeguarding board. The information from the briefing is then compiled into a newsletter for staff/students and governors, information sheets are composed for subjects requiring more information such as female genital mutilation, breast ironing, forced/arranged marriages and forms of child abuse. Every member of staff/governor/student receives the sheets and updates, there are also files in every class, the nurture group and before and after school club that are maintained with the same safeguarding information. The Keeping Children Safe in Education KCSE) document and Annexe A is also issued at the start of the academic year although there is a new (KCSE) document which is due to be released in early 2018. We have a safeguarding reference board which contains a wealth of safeguarding information such as the new Multi Agency Referral Form (MARF) which has been released this month and many other documents and 'go-to' resources for staff. Disqualification Through Association declarations are completed annually by the whole school community to ensure that all staff/governors/students and the people who live in their homes are completely clear of any police involvement that may impact on their suitability to work with children. External agencies provide much of our training as they are experts in their field, we are fortunate enough to have secured Street Teams to visit school to train staff in Child Sexual Exploitation in January 2018, governors and students are also invited. In early June 2018 we have Data Protection Awareness training.
We are fortunate to have such a conscientious governing body who are keen to attend all of the training that is arranged.
We already have staff that are trained in Safer Recruitment however more staff have been registered for training in February 2018. As our expectation is that all staff/governors/students should have a good understanding of all areas of safeguarding the Designated Safeguarding Lead is compiling a questionnaire which covers all areas of safeguarding in-line with child protection level 1 training which will be given to the whole school community, this will identify any areas that may need re-visiting, there will also be a section for self-evaluation and for further training to be identified.
In our school 'Safeguarding is Everybody's Business' and all staff/governors and students are trained to 'Expect the Unexpected.'
We are very fortunate to have strong links with outside agencies, to this end we have been able to secure high level and regular training for our children. We as a school endeavour to provide our children with as much information as possible to allow them to make informed and positive decisions to keep themselves safe. Our local Community Support Police Officer Dave Bryan is a regular visitor to school and trains our children on current and local issues such as anti-social behaviour, taking responsibility for your actions and understanding that there are consequences for your choices. The children were surprised that poor choices and joint enterprise could result in you being given an Anti Social Behaviour Order. They received training on keeping safe on bonfire night and being respectful to our more mature members of the community when out for Halloween and Carol Singing. Serious issues such as knife and gun crime have been spoken about with the children taking part in discussions regarding their understanding of this. Following the accidental death of a member of the local community our children received training on open water safety following a presentation by Mick Goode a Watch Commander from Aldridge Fire Station. Internet Safety is always an area which constantly needs updating as more sophisticated programmes and Apps are created which could cause our children to make the wrong choice and become vulnerable to inappropriate influences. Nicola Rudge who is from the team that monitor our internet usage within school has delivered a comprehensive training programme to individual year groups throughout the school, the children engaged well and were open and honest as to their internet and App usage. Through our links with CAMHS (Children and Adolescents Mental Health Service) our children have received training on ensuring that they keep themselves mentally strong and well. The NSPCC PANTS Underwear Rule is visited on a termly basis and now incorporates 'consent.' Recently our Carousel Day had the topic of Keeping Yourself Safe, the day allowed us to continue developing the children's knowledge with topics such as electrical safety, safety within the home, level crossing and train line safety, frozen water safety, stranger danger, internet safety and the NSPCC Underwear Rule. Super Hero's were also created by the children who could intervene should a child need their help and guidance. Anti-bullying week produced some amazing work from our talented children, where they demonstrated their understanding of bullying and what action should be taken. Displays around the school highlight the level of commitment and understanding of our children in keeping themselves safe. KBP
On 9th February both myself and our Headteacher-Mr Bagley, renewed our Level 2/3 Advanced Child Protection qualification through further training with Walsall Council's Seona Baker. Garry Perry our Chair of Governors and Safeguarding Link Governor renewed his qualification on 5th April 2018.
The questionnaires that I compiled from the presentation and other safeguarding foci, replaced the existing presentation to renew the Child Protection Level 1 qualification. Previously trained Staff and Governors completed the questionnaires and returned them to me. The findings were extremely positive and highlighted the fact that our staff and Governors are knowledgeable and confident in identifying concerns, the procedures that are followed and that they have an understanding of the wider aspects of safeguarding. For new staff, students and new Governors who have not received any Child Protection training, I regularly deliver the complete presentation; with the most recent being on Friday 20th April 2018.
On Monday the 23rd and 30th April 2018 I accompanied our Nursery Teacher Miss Jackson Lea on the Nursery Home Visits for children who are due to start with us in September 2018. This arrangement has been in place for a number of years and proves very successful in forming early positive relationships with parents and families who wish to discuss confidential information or concerns in the comfort of their home.
At the last Full Governors Meeting on 14/3/18 I reported to Governors on all aspects of Safeguarding within our school.
Training for Parents
As with all schools the internet remains a vehicle for our children to be vulnerable. As parents and Staff we try to instil in our children the responsibility of being careful and knowledgeable when using any form of the internet but none more than when they are using 'live' sites and becoming involved in chat rooms. Within school we regularly refresh children's knowledge of the positives and sometimes negatives of the virtual world, to enable them to make the right choices in their use of the internet and what to do when things 'get scary.'
This concern is shared by many of our parents who agreed that our children are far more advanced with the use of the internet than maybe the adults are around them.
To assist our parents we engaged the services of Street Teams, their work and dedication in supporting children and young people is extensive and are very experienced in advising staff, children and parents alike in preventing children and young people from being groomed and possibly sexually exploited.
After letters home, notifications on our Facebook Page and our Website, Street Teams visited us on 17th April 2018. We were extremely pleased that 22 of our parents joined us for the training and engaged with the session fully, asking questions and clarifying their understanding. At the end of the session parents asked for further training specifically in safe use of App's and Internet Service Provider's safety settings. This training will take place on Wednesday 9th May from 9.00am-10.30am, we hope that we again have a positive response as Pav and Julie from Street Teams deliver guidance and reassurance to our parents.
Update on Parents Training 09/05/2018
Parents/Carers had requested further training from Pav and Julie from Street Teams. They came back into school on 09/05/2018 to continue to enhance parents knowledge in keeping their children safe whilst on-line. The hour and a half session compiled of a mix of powerful videos and open discussions between Pav, Julie and parent/carers where fact versus reality was explored. Attendees were asked to examine their own internet usage and were advised that children mimic what the adults around them do so if they are using their device frequently the children will want to do the same. Contracts/Agreements were suggested to be used as a family to agree the terms and conditions of using the internet where the whole family negotiate the terms of the contract.
Although this session wasn't as well attended as the previous one, the feedback from those who attended was extremely positive 'Really good, the videos were very powerful, I have gained a lot of insight and knowledge which I can take home.' 'Excellent! I have really enjoyed todays session, very helpful and informative-Thank you. 'Really informative. I liked the family contract, got me thinking about agreements in other areas too.' 'Empowerment is key!'
Crime Within Our Area-June 2018
Following information shared at the Safeguarding Update that I attended last week, which amongst other things discussed crime within our area, I have accessed www.police.uk. This website allows us to look at the crime rates within any area by inserting the post code. The information shared is on a monthly basis, the most recent, details April's figures which show that out of 245 reports 54 of them were Anti-Social Behaviour; which was the highest category, followed by 35 reports of vehicle crime.
I have also signed up to the Local On-line Neighbourhood Watch Scheme for which I receive alerts of crime and issues within this area. I will share these alerts with you all via our Facebook Page.
You could access www.police.uk to track the figures if you so wished and/or register with the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme and receive updates via e-mail to your device.
New Academic Year 2018/2019
There have been many changes to safeguarding following the release of the new Keeping Children Safe in Education document and various other initiatives including Operation Encompass.
The Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018 document has been given to all staff and governors for them to read and digest. The changes have also been fed into our Child Protection/Safeguarding Policy. Once our Governor's have ratified the policy it will be updated to our website so that it is easily accessible to our school community.
Significant changes have been made to the Disqualification Through Association process. There are no longer forms to be completed by all staff and governors, this has been replaced by a declaration/assurance from all staff in Nursery, Reception and Before and After School club staff; for children up to the age of 8. Senior Leaders and other appropriate staff. The declaration assures of their eligibility to work with children and if there are any changes in their circumstances then school will be notified immediately.
Operation Encompass is a police initiative that school signed up for the second week of the new academic year. I attended the training which informed me that via our secure e-mail system I would receive daily notifications of any domestic abuse incidents that have occurred the previous day which affect our families and children. Parents received letters advising them of this process on 25/09/2018, we also have posters around the school.
Last year I secured CAMHS coming into school to train our children about keeping themselves mentally well, this training will be repeated early 2019. CAMHS will be visiting school to deliver appropriate training to staff on 5/11/2018.
PREVENT training will again be delivered to our staff and governors on Monday 08/10/2018.
PREVENT Training-October 2018
Training took place on 08/10/18 and had a high attendance level including Staff, Governors, Lunchtime Supervisors and Students. Seona Baker from Walsall Children's Services delivered the training.
Our level 1 Safeguarding training is renewed annually, all Staff/Governors/Students and volunteers are expected to complete training as a requirement to work with our children. At our most recent Ofsted Inspection, the Inspector was complimentary of the high level of knowledge of adults within our school and also of the Refresher Through Assessment format which I had written to allow analysis of Staff's understanding of safeguarding. This year the training has slightly changed however within the last week our school community have completed their training for 2019/2020. I am again proud of the level of completion of the assessment which includes new knowledge such as the 'toxic trio' and the single central record. New staff/ students/ cleaners and Governors will be offered 'full' training by me very soon where we will not only discuss safeguarding and conduct expected within school but also our local area and the implications of crime within it. Our Lunchtime Supervisors routinely attend all training and our cleaners will also be invited to all future training.
Given that issues of drug use are rising I felt that we needed training for staff and our older children so that they are aware of the names of drugs including slang terms and the implications of drug use. On 28/01/2019 Niall Markham who is the Local Authority PREVENT Officer came into school and first delivered training to our years 5 and 6 and then later to Staff and other adults associated within the school. Niall has a long history of his involvement as a Detective in the West Midlands Police Drug Unit and shared important information within his training. Our children were mature and were able to ask appropriate questions both during and after the training and also shared their knowledge and experiences. For Staff, the training was obviously more in depth and was accompanied by Niall's personal experiences within his role.
Niall also shared that a new colleague would be joining his team very shortly to specifically deliver training as the Education Officer for schools.
Clare's Law is the domestic disclosure scheme, that gives anyone a right to ask the police if they believe that they, or someone they know is in a relationship with an individual that could be abusive towards them.
This opportunity has been available for a number of years however individuals had to attend the police station and complete the appropriate application forms. I have received notification from West Midlands Police that Clare's Law is now available by completing the form on-line via WMP Online. The option of visiting a police station is still available.
Nursery/Reception Home Visits-June 2019
Our Nursery Teacher Miss Jackson Lea and I conducted a large amount of home visits to our new Nursery and Reception children who will be joining us from other settings in September .
This was the first time that we have visited our new Reception children as part of our induction process and it proved immensley informative for both carers and school. This is an initiative that we will continue.
It was lovely to meet you all and we are looking forward to starting our journey together after the Summer holidays.
New academic year 2019/2020
It has been a very busy start to the academic year, all staff and Governors have been given new updated documents that came into force September 2019 and also include updated policies.
We have had some new staff join us, I have delivered Child Protection Level 1 training to them which took place on 02/09/2019.
Our children have received training from the NSPCC on 09/09/2019 entitled Keeping Safe. It would be impossible to protect our children from every potential threat however we work with our children and invite external agencies in to equip them with the knowledge and understanding of what can go wrong and the appropriate steps to take to protect themselves.
Hidden Sentence Training
Mr Statham and I attended Featherstone Prison and Brinsford Prison on 20/09/2019 and 06/11/2019. Family members being inprisoned affects several of our families in school. It would be fair to say that when we were made aware that imprisonment of family members affects more children that divorce, we were shocked and the need to be knowledgeable in how to support our families became more of a priority.
When we attended HMP Brinsford we were taken on the child's experience of visiting a loved one, the process of a family member requesting a visit is lengthy, families can wait around for a very long time going through the processes of personal searches by staff and trained dogs and checks on their identities. It was important that we knew what the child experienced and found this training invaluable.
We have now included appropriate information on display boards by the main hall and in the covered way to support families who are in these circumstances but may not want to share the information with school.
Mr Steatham and I are now 'CAPO' Champions and will be attending further training on January 17th 2020 at HMP Featherstone.
I attended the safeguarding briefing on 01/10/2019 where the main focus was Ofsted inspections.
Training was delivered by Ofsted Inspectors who set out the main points of what would be the main points of Ofsted insepctions.
The next DSL training is set for 20/01/2020.
At Pelsall Village School, every week is anti-bullying week.We pride ourselves on the fact that bullying is not welcome here and we have worked hard to create a culture where the children will report to staff anything that they see which causes them concern. This could be observing someone being nasty to someone or they over hear a conversation that they feel needs reporting. Our children are confident that should they tell an adult that things will be investigated thoroughly. Should our families report a concern, a member of the SLT will investigate the matter and report back to all parties. We will work with any child that we feel would benefit from support in the early identification of unacceptable behaviour.
Our children have produced a wide range of interesting materials, we constantly display our our anti-bullying work and do not take displays down as they are all driving home the message and impact of bullying.
Graded Care Profile 2 Training
On 12/12/2019 Mr Steatham an I attened the full day training course in order to be licensed to use the GCP2 tool. This is a method of assessing neglect and has been designed by the NSPCC.
It is envisaged that using this tool will support in our early identification processes and provide valuable information to professionals and families as to what degree neglect is taking place.
Whole School/Governor/Volunteer SafeguardingTraining
On our first day back after Christmas we have an Inset Day. This day is dedicated to safeguarding training for the whole staff, Governors and Volunteers.
The day will begin with Child Protection Level 1 training delivered by the Local Authority, Street Teams will then deliver training on Child Exploitation and then after lunch we will all receive further training on WRAP which is delivered by David Churchill from our LA Prevent Team.
DSL Refresher Level 2 Training
On 20/01/2019 Mr Bagley and myself will be attending our refresher course for our level 2 qualification which is delivered by the Local Authority.
Reports to Governors
I submitted a full and detailed report of safeguarding within and around our school for consideration at the Full Governors meeting that took place on 09/12/2019.