Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mrs Parsons (Headteacher)
Deputy Safeguarding Lead: Mrs Vieira (KS1/EYFS Lead, Reception Teacher)
Miss Coleman (Year 1 Teacher)
Our children Protection/ Safeguarding policy can be found on our policies page. Please find the link here.
Sutton Valence Primary School takes its responsibilities for safeguarding very seriously.
We aim to ensure that children are effectively safeguarded from the potential risk of harm and that the safety and well-being of the children is of the highest priority in all aspects of the school’s work. In addition we aim to maintain an ethos whereby staff, pupils, parents and governors feel able to articulate concerns comfortably, safe in the knowledge that effective action will be taken as appropriate. This Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy applies to all adults, including volunteers, working in or on behalf of the School and it is expected that everyone working in or for our School shares the responsibility to keep children safe from harm and abuse.
Parents should be aware that the school will take any reasonable action to ensure the safety of the pupils. In cases where the school has a reason to be concerned that a child maybe subject to ill treatment, neglect or other forms of abuse, staff have no alternative than to follow the Local Authority Child Protection procedures and inform the Children’s Services Department of their concern.
Operation Encompass is a police and education early information sharing partnership enabling schools to offer immediate support for children and young people experiencing domestic abuse. Information is shared by the police with a school's trained Designated Safeguarding Lead prior to the start of the next school day after officers have attended a domestic abuse incident thus enabling appropriate support to be given, dependent on the needs and wishes of the child.
To find out more about Operation Encompass, please visit the website by clicking here.
Children experiencing domestic abuse are negatively impacted by this exposure; domestic abuse has been identified as an Adverse Childhood Experience and can lead to emotional, physical and psychological harm. Operation Encompass aims to mitigate this harm by enabling immediate support, making a child's day better and giving them a better tomorrow.
Operation Encompass believes that children are victims of domestic abuse in their own right and should be acknowledged as such.
CEOP and Thinkuknow
Thinkuknow is the national online Safety education programme from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Team, which aims to protect children and young people from harm both online and offline. CEOP works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify main threats to children, and coordinates activity against these threats to bring offenders to account.
CEOP adopt a holistic approach; officers work side by side with professionals from the wider child protection community and industry to pursue those who sexually exploit and abuse children, prevent people becoming involved in child sexual exploitation, protect children from becoming victims of sexual exploitation and sexual abuse, and prepare interventions to reduce the impact of child sexual exploitation and abuse through safeguarding and child protection work.
CEOP is a command of the National Crime Agency and its activity in each of the above areas is underpinned by specialist teams. The Education team at CEOP deliver the Thinkuknow education programme that aims to empower and protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation. Thinkuknow includes films, animations, websites, presentations and lesson plans to enable teachers to explore difficult and sensitive issues safely with children. The films/animations are accompanied by toolkits and delivery guidance documents to help teachers to explore their themes with children.
Useful links to CEOP/Thinkuknow information and example resources:
The Prevention of Radicalisation
Please click on the link below to view the HM Government Prevent Duty Guidance: for England and Wales.
Guidance for specified authorities in England and Wales on the duty in the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.
Staff at Sutton Valence Primary have all completed the Home Office Prevent Awareness course on their website.
Please see the below documents for more information:
Please find below some relevant information for parents and carers regarding the process of radicalisation, sourced from the Department of Education "Educate Against Hate" initiative. For more information on this, please visit www.educateagainsthate.com
Early Help and Preventative Services
Kent Family Support Framework (KFSF) is the model used by Early Help and Preventative Services (EHPS) in Kent to support families whose needs are defined as intensive in the Kent Safeguarding Children Board . A key element to providing effective Early Help and Prevention is the consistent use across the children's workforce of procedures and processes to identify and address the risks and needs of vulnerable children, young people and their families.
The Kent Family Support Framework provides a clear pathway for Notification, Screening, Assessment, Planning, Outcome Tracking and Reviewing of Early Help cases.
If you would like to know more about the service you can contact them directly (please click here for contact details for Early Help) or via the Inclusion Leader at Sutton Valence Primary School
More information can be found on the KELSI website.