Definition of Safeguarding
'Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all practitioners should make sure their approach is child-centered. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.'
Keeping Children Safe in Education September 2019
Please view our Safeguarding policy here
Please view our COVID-19 update policy here
Busill Jones Primary's Commitment to Safeguarding and Child Protection
At Busill Jones Primary School we are committed to safeguarding children and young people and we expect everyone who works in our school to share this commitment. Adults in our school take all welfare concerns seriously and encourage children and young people to talk to us about anything that may worry them. Download our safeguarding hand book here.
Safeguarding Contacts in School
The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Stephanie Field
The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Mandy Baggott
The Safeguarding Governor is Claire O'Leary
The Family Liaison Manager is Mrs Suki Baran
The Family Liaison Officer is Mrs Michelle Tolley
Safeguarding Officers are Mrs Michelle Tolley and Mrs Rebecca Cook
Communication with Parents
Our school will always discuss concerns with parents/carers and consent for any referrals should be sought unless to do so would:
Place the child at risk of significant harm or further risk of significant harm.
Place a vulnerable adult at risk of harm.
Compromise any enquiries that need to be undertaken by children's social care or the police.
The school will endeavour to ensure that parents have an understanding of the responsibilities placed on the school and staff for safeguarding children.
In the best interests of safeguarding children there may be occasions when the school has to consult with other agencies without a parent or carer's prior knowledge. Our first concern and responsibility is the child's welfare and we have a duty to protect children first and always. Such consultation may result in a formal referral which could prompt visits from social care and/or the police. We fully understand that this can be a very distressing set of circumstances. Our school will follow the procedures required by the Walsall Safeguarding Children Board.
Child safety issues and child protection will be addressed through the curriculum where appropriate, especially through PSHE, Computing and E-Safety, Citizenship, Sex and Relations Education (SRE) and British values.
We use a variety of resources and approaches to teach the children how to keep themselves safe, build their resilience and manage risks.
The curriculum, and in particular the personal, social and health education development strand of the curriculum, includes an emphasis on relationships (relationships and sex education), building confidence and resilience in pupils and in developing preventative strategies to ensure their own protection and that of others. Opportunities are provided for pupils to develop the skills and strategies they need to stay safe from abuse, including age appropriate discussions about healthy relationships, their bodies and being able to say no to requests that they do not want to carry out. Clear advice and guidance is built into the curriculum to ensure that pupils understand that there is a range of contacts they can turn to for advice and support and that they know where and how to report abuse.
Child Sexual Exploitation
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a form of sexual abuse which sees children/young people being manipulated or coerced into sexual activity for receiving something such as gifts, money, food, attention, somewhere to stay etc. Technology is very often used to groom victims. This may occur through social networking sites and mobile phones with internet access. CSE has gained a large amount of media attention over the last year as lots of services involved with children and young people have noticed a big rise in cases involving CSE.
Charities such as NSPCC and Barnardos have been campaigning to raise the profile of this form of child abuse.
Click me to go to a CSE help page
Children and young people spend lots of time on the internet. They may go online to research information for homework or to play games, chat with friends and make new ones. The internet holds a massive amount of useful information and can also be a really good way of learning about new things and keeping in contact with friends and family. It can also be a very dangerous place so it is important that children are protected and monitored when they are online.
CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) has lots of information about how to keep your children safe online and parental controls. The link to the website is below.
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
In April 2014 every school in England received new safeguarding guidelines and detailed information on identifying and responding to Female Genital Mutilation. FGM is a procedure carried out on young girls between the ages of infancy and 15 years of age.
Female Genital Mutilation is classified as a form of Child Abuse in the UK. If therefore makes the procedure of it a serious Child Protection issue. It is illegal for anyone to perform FGM in the UK or to arrange for a child to be transported to another country for the procedure. The maximum sentence for carrying out FGM or helping it to take place is 14 years in prison.
There is lots of information and support available online for parents/carers concerned about this subject or if you know someone who is at risk:
Contact the Police if you think that a girl or young woman is in danger of FGM and is still in the UK.
Contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (020 7008 1500) if she's already been taken abroad
The NSPCC has detailed advice on how to spot the signs, symptoms and effects of FGM and provides support for people who are concerned about a child or who have been affected themselves.
Click me to go to the NSPCC site for FGM
Click me to go to the Women's Aid
Women’s Aid have brought together a range of advice and resources for those at risk during the lockdown. Many survivors will be feeling unsafe isolating in a house with an abusive person, and isolated from their support networks. The resources, designed for survivors, friends, family, neighbours and community members can be accessed via the link.
You can also access the survivors Hand Book here
Reporting a Concern of Abuse or Neglect
If you have concerns that a child you know is at risk of serious harm through abuse or neglect it is important that you report your worries to the correct agency.
The link below will direct you to Walsall Council's Social Service page, which tells you how to report a concern. Walsall Social Services
Below is the link to the Walsall Children Safeguarding Board. WSCB is a statutory board which has been set up as part of the Every Child Matters government reforms. WSCB ensures that all organisations that work with children work together to keep children and young people safe from harm. WSCB undertakes this role through providing training, the development of policies and procedures and awareness raising. Walsall Safeguarding Children Board
Click me to go to Childline
Click me to go to the NSPCC
Mental Health affects the way we think and feel which can then impact the way we act. Mental health includes our feelings and our interactions with others. Mental health can change at anytime. Here at Busill Jones, we offer a listening ear and help signpost you to services that can help.
Mental health First aiders are:
Mrs Stephanie Field,
Mrs Mandy Baggott,
Mrs Michelle Tolley,
Miss Danielle Rollinson,
Mr Robert Davidson.
Is it legal to leave a child home alone?
There's no legal age a child can be left home alone. Every child matures differently, so it would be almost impossible to have a "one size fits all" law.
However, parents and carers are responsible for keeping their children safe. If leaving your child home alone puts them at risk of harm – because they’re too young to care for themselves for example – the law might consider this neglect.
A child who isn't old enough or who doesn't feel comfortable should never be left home alone. If this is the case, it's best to look into childcare options that might work for your family.
Click me to go to the NSPCC website about leaving children home alone
Children with parents in prison
We know that children who have a parent in prison can feel isolated and ashamed - and most feel unable to talk about it because they're scared of being bullied.
Children who have a parent in prison are more likely to have mental health problems and to get in trouble with the law themselves as they grow up. At Busill Jones, we take a none judgmental approach in supporting and completing intervention with our children and families.
The school work along side Bernardos to ensure that staff are trained to support families. Your school champion is Mrs M Tolley. Please feel free to contact her if you need further information.
Click me to go to the NSPCC website about children with parents in prison
Busill Jones Primary School continues to take part in a jointly run operation between Walsall Council, West Midlands Police and our school, it is called Operation Encompass. Encompass has been set-up to help schools to provide support to children who have been present at incidents of domestic violence. We know that children can be significantly physically or emotionally harmed when they are involved in, present or witness to domestic violence.
The designated key adults are Mrs. Field and Mrs. Tolley.
Prevent is about stopping people from being radicalised and becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.
Safeguarding vulnerable people from radicalisation is no different from safeguarding from other forms of harm.
What is the Prevent duty?
Section 26 of the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 placed a duty on specified agencies in the exercise of their functions to have "due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism".
Busill Jones work closely with Walsall council to ensure this is upheld. If you have any concerns in this area please speak to a member of the Safeguarding Team.
Click me to go to the Prevent website