Waterhouses CE Primary Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff, volunteers and members of the wider school community to share this commitment. For full details of our safeguarding arrangements please refer to the Safeguarding policy.
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead in school is MRS JOY HULME. Our Deputy Safeguarding Lead is MR MATTHEW DODSON.
The School’s safeguarding arrangements cover all aspects of life at school, in particular addressing these issues:
- health and safety;
- child protection
- child sexual exploitation;
- other harassment and discrimination, including racism;
- Prevent – preventing extremism and radicalisation;
- physical intervention;
- meeting the needs of pupils with medical conditions;
- provision of medical first aid;
- off-site visits;
- intimate care;
- internet and communications safety;
- physical security of the school site;
- recruitment and vetting of staff and visitors to the site.
Should you have any concerns in terms of Safeguarding relating to the behaviour of a member of staff, you should immediately contact the designated person as above. If the allegation concerns the Headteacher you should contact: Mr Gordon Kneller, Chair of Governors, via school who will arrange for him to call you as soon as possible.
Key Safeguarding documents
At Waterhouses CE Primary Academy we take a proactive approach to identifying and responding to radicalisation.
From 1 July 2015 all schools, registered early years childcare providers and registered later years childcare providers are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in the exercise of their functions, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This duty is known as the Prevent duty.
In order for schools and childcare providers to fulfil the Prevent duty, it is essential that staff are able to identify children who may be vulnerable to radicalisation, and know what to do when they are identified. Protecting children from the risk of radicalisation should be seen as part of schools’ and childcare providers’ wider safeguarding duties, and is similar in nature to protecting children from other harms (e.g. drugs, gangs, neglect, sexual exploitation), whether these come from within their family or are the product of outside influences.
Schools and childcare providers can also build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values and enabling them to challenge extremist5 views. It is important to emphasise that the Prevent duty is to support schools in providing a safe space in which children, young people and staff can understand the risks associated with terrorism and develop the knowledge and skills to be able to challenge extremist arguments.
At Waterhouses CE Primary Academy, it is the duty of all staff to inform the Designated or Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead if they are made aware of or themselves make a judgement that a child in their care may be subject to or be vulnerable of radicalisation. Information may be shared with appropriate outside agencies, including social services, the Police and Counter Terrorist agencies.
If you suspect that a child is vulnerable, you should contact the Police or inform the school who may be able to act on your behalf.
We keep our parents informed about Prevent and the information below is sent to parents via email and Dojo and updated by our Safeguarding Lead.
Safety on the Web
Technology is at the very centre of all our lives today – especially in our children’s lives. Learning how to use technology wisely is an essential skill for life and learning in the 21st century. However, at a time when there is increased access to numerous different technology platforms, many children are at a greater risk of online grooming, cyber bullying and exposure to inappropriate or illegal content online.
At Waterhouses CE Primary Academy we believe that both school and parents/carers need to work in partnership in order to safeguard children from harm online.
At school, we believe that promoting E. Safety plays a critical role in protecting our pupils online and as a result, pupils are taught about how to stay safe and how to behave appropriately online. Waterhouses CE Primary Academy have extensive security measures in place which keep children safe whilst using technology in school and their usage is monitored to help safeguard them from potential dangers or unsuitable materials.
Parents/carers have a highly important role to play in keeping children safe online. There are many ways parents/carers can help minimise the risks associated with children being online and increase parents/carers awareness of online safety.
Information to help keep your child safe online can be found on several websites. The following we have found to be particularly useful:
Safe from Abuse
NSPCC Speak Out. Stay Safe. Programme
Once every three years, specially trained staff and volunteers from the NSPCC visit our school to talk to our pupils about abuse, neglect and how to stay safe. This is a nationwide service for every child in the UK (formerly ChildLine Schools Service).
There are child-friendly, interactive assembly presentations for both KS1 and KS2 followed by workshops to help children:
• understand abuse in all its forms and recognise the signs of abuse
• know how to protect themselves from all forms of abuse
• know how to get help, and the sources of help available to them, including our Childline service.
By the end of our visit we know the children feel empowered – knowing how they can speak out and stay safe.
“NSPCC has helped me to build the confidence to tell people about my worries and problems.” Child’s feedback
“This service provides important information in a child-friendly way – it should be made mandatory in all schools. A brilliant service!” Teacher, Wistaston Primary, Crewe
Information to help discuss keeping safe with your child
The NSPCC has a wealth of resources for parents and carers to help keep their children safe from abuse. The Underwear Rule, for example, contains guidance on having simple conversations with children to keep them safe from sexual abuse.
More information and downloadable guides (in a variety of languages) are available at:
There is also comprehensive guidance for parents and carers about how to help keep their children safe online, including a tool which gives information about the top social networking sites. This can be found at:
We are now an Operation Encompass School, working with Staffordshire Police. Please see below: