At Parkgate Infants and Nursery, we take our Safeguarding responsibilities very seriously. This means that we ensure that everyone working in our school has successfully completed the necessary clearances to enable them to work with children.
We have a staff member who is specifically trained and nominated as the Designated Senior Lead (the safeguarding leader) within school. Our named person is Mr Gwyn Pritchard, Headteacher and he has completed the 2-day designated senior person training and annual safer recruitment training. At Parkgate Infants and Nursery we have two members of staff who are Deputy Designated Senior Leader (Deputy Safeguarding Leader). The Deputy Designated Senior Leader is Mrs Emma McCarthy (Inclusion Leader).
We are all expected to share any concerns we have about staff conduct around children with the Headteacher. As in all schools, if there are concerns about the conduct of the Head, then these should be shared with the Chair of Governors. The staff ‘Whistleblowing Policy’ has been discussed and adopted and all staff have access to this document.
At Parkgate Infants and Nursery we have systems in place to share concerns regarding children’s welfare with the designated person, with parents and with relevant external agencies. Part of our legal duty to safeguard our children may require us to consult specifically with, and take advice from, the Police or Children’s Social Care, should the need arise. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare. In accordance with local Information Sharing protocols, we will ensure that information is shared securely and sensitively. Information will only be shared with other services where it is deemed necessary and proportionate to ensure that children and young people are safe and receive the right service.
As part of Parkgate Infants and Nursery’s commitment to safeguarding and child protection we fully support the government’s Prevent Strategy.
The Prevent strategy is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists, or supporting terrorism, fundamentalism or extremist behaviours.
The Prevent lead at Parkgate Infants and Nursery School is Mr Gwyn Pritchard, Headteacher.
We have extensive security measures in place in school to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material. Online Safety is taught to all pupils explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately online.
It’s essential to be realistic – banning the internet or technology will not work and it often makes a child less likely to report a problem. Education around safe use is essential.
Our Online Safety Lead is Mrs Jo Letchford.