At Flanshaw Junior, Infant and Nursery School, we safeguard children by:
- Ensuring that all staff take responsibility for keeping children safe.
- Creating safe environments for children and young people through robust safeguarding practices.
- Ensuring that all adults who work in the school, including volunteers, are safe to work with children.
- Operating a child centred approach so that staff have a clear understanding of the different needs, views and voices of the child.
- Providing a high level of training for all staff to ensure that all staff know how to respond to concerns and spot potential signs of abuse and neglect.
- Providing a high-quality curriculum that teaches pupils how to stay safe.
- Maintaining an environment where children feel confident to approach any member of staff if they have a worry/problem.
- Ensuring that we have a robust system in place for keeping children safe online; strict filtering systems will ensure that only age-appropriate content is viewed, and monitoring programs will raise any concerns promptly.
At Flanshaw school, we believe that it is of the utmost importance to have robust systems in place for protecting children and safeguarding their welfare whilst they are in our care. All of our pupils have the right to feel safe and be treated with respect and dignity.
As part of our Safeguarding role, we teach all children how to keep themselves and others safe (at an age-appropriate level). Our PSHE curriculum plays a crucial role in helping children to understand how to safeguard themselves; it incorporates important teaching of drug and alcohol abuse, bullying, inappropriate touching, consent and healthy relationships. The PSHE curriculum is further consolidated by the computing curriculum, ensuring that our pupils are prepared for the modern world, particularly areas such as cyber bullying and stranger danger online.
We have robust systems in place in terms of addressing any safeguarding concerns raised by any members of the school community. Our three Designated Safeguarding Leads work closely with social care professionals, as well as different agencies that offer direct support to children and families.
We have developed an experienced pastoral team, including a full time Parent Support Advisor to ensure that children and their families receive a high level of support both during and after any safeguarding incidents.
Flanshaw School Safeguarding Policy
Child Friendly Safeguarding Policy
Designated Safeguarding Leads
If we have a problem or need your help, we expect that, as adults, you will:
- Do your best to help us be safe
- When there are choices about what can be done consider our opinions and respect our wishes
- Always be ready to listen to us and speak with us
- Value us and always involve us
- Treat us with care and respect
- Be clear about how things work and what we should expect to happen
- Take what we say seriously
- Involve the right people, at the right time, when we need it
- Look after our information and take care how you use it
- Get to know us and understand our lives
This has been taken from the Wakefield Young People Charter, you can view the document here.
More information on safeguarding can be found on these links:
The education programme from CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection), a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline. The site has information for parents and carers and games for children of different ages to help them to learn about online safety.
Childline is there to give young people a voice when no one else is listening. Whatever problems or dangers they're facing, it is a place for them to turn to for support – any time of day or night. Childline is a free, private and confidential service where children and you people can talk about anything.
They can be contacted on 0800 1111, or have a range of information, support and tools online.
Talk PANTS helps children understand that their body belongs to them, and they should tell someone they trust if anything makes them feel upset or worried. A really useful website to help you start the conversation with your child,
Information and guides for parents and carers about the social media platforms, apps and games that young people use. You can also sign up to the Online Safety Newsletter to help you stay up to date with the latest trends, or download the free Net Aware app.
A series of 3 animations ‘I saw your willy’, ‘Lucy and the boy’, and ‘Mia’s story’, designed to prompt conversations between adults and children to keep them safe from online abuse. We use these videos in school but they are also ideal to share at home. The section also includes tips on how to start these kinds of conversations.
Childnet parents and carers page – information, advice and resources for parents and carers on a wide range of topics affecting children and young people online. They also have excellent resources about how to have a conversation about the online world with your child, how to set up parental controls, create a family agreement and what to do if you are worried about a child.
Use the search box at the top to search for a game or app. There will be a Common Sense Media review which includes the information you need to help you make decisions about the suitability of the game for your child. It also has useful parent and child reviews for each game.
A range of guides, videos and toolkits to help you to keep your child safe online. These include information about key issues that may be affecting children and young people on the internet, and what to do if you’re worried about anything you or your child has seen online.
Concerned about a pupils safety in school or at home please contact one of the Safeguarding Team at school:
Other contacts and further information: