Safeguarding

Alongside our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy, the following definitions and arrangements apply until further notice:

Vulnerable children include children who have a social worker and young people up to the age of 25 with education, health and care (EHC) plans.

We will liaise with the Local Authority and with parents to decide whether a child with an EHCP needs to continue to be offered a place at Corsham Regis to meet their needs, or whether they can safely have their needs met at home This could include, if necessary, carers, therapists or clinicians visiting the home to provide any essential services. We understand that many children and young people with EHC plans can safely remain at home. Eligibility for free school meals is not a key determining factor in assessing vulnerability.

Our senior leaders and DSLs (Designated Safeguarding Leads) have the flexibility to offer a place to children who do not have a social worker but for whom some safeguarding needs have already been identified. 

There is an expectation that vulnerable children who have a social worker will attend an education setting, so long as they do not have underlying health conditions that put them at risk. Local authorities and education settings do not need to complete their usual day-today attendance processes to follow up on non-attendance. We will follow the process set out in Wiltshire Councils flowchart attendance and children with aCiN or CP plan, until further notice.

To support the above, we will, when communicating with parents/carers of vulnerable children, confirm that emergency contact numbers kept on the children’s files are correct and ask for any additional emergency contact numbers where they are available.

Designated Safeguarding Leads

To ensure Corsham Regis staff have access to specialist advice and support about safeguarding, the following details apply. Where a trained DSL (or deputy) is not on site, we have made arrangements for a trained DSL from a nominated school to provide advice remotely.

Name Job title Responsibilities Main registered base Phone number Email address
Gareth Spicer Headteacher DSL Corsham Regis 01249 712294 [email protected]
Abby Symons Deputy Headteacher DDSL Home   [email protected]
Gail McCrum Senior Teacher Leading Inclusion DDSL Home   [email protected]

Reporting a concern

Where staff have a concern about a child, they will continue to follow the process outlined in the Corsham Regis Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy.

Any email containing confidential information will be sent using official Corsham Regis email addresses.

Where staff are concerned about an adult working with children at Corsham Regis, they will continue to follow the Wiltshire process set out in the allegations flowchart  published on www.wiltshirescb.org.uk. In the absence of the headteacher and/or Chair of governors, staff will follow the alternative leadership contact arrangements.

Safeguarding Training and induction

As DSL training is unlikely to be available during the current outbreak of Covid-19, D/DSL training will continue to meet statutory requirements, even if the refresher training and annual updates are not available within the required timescales. Our D/DSLs will keep up to date by reading government guidance and other relevant newsletters eg NSPCC as they are published.

All existing school staff have had safeguarding training and have read part 1 of Keeping Children Safe in Education (2019). The DSL will communicate with staff any new local arrangements, as appropriate.

Where new staff are recruited, or new volunteers enter our school, they will continue to be provided with a safeguarding induction. If staff are deployed from another education or children’s workforce setting to our school, we will take into account the DfE supplementary guidance on safeguarding children during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will follow Wiltshire Council advice about safeguarding in relation to visiting staff/volunteers as it is published and updated on Right Choice until further notice.

For movement within the Trust, the Multi- Academy Trust (MAT) safeguarding lead/HR Manager will confirm that all staff have received appropriate safeguarding training.

Upon arrival, at our school visiting staff/volunteers working here on a temporary basis, are given a copy of our safeguarding/child protection policy, including confirmation of D/DSL arrangements.

Safer recruitment/volunteers and movement of staff

When recruiting new staff, we will continue to follow the relevant safer recruitment processes for our school, including relevant sections in part 3 of Keeping Children Safe in Education (2019).

In response to Covid-19, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has made changes to its guidance on standard and enhanced DBS ID checking to minimise the need for face-to-face contact. We will follow this guidance DBS checks during Covid-19 outbreak

We will continue to keep the single central record (SCR) up to date as outlined in in KCSIE and will follow Wiltshire Council advice about safeguarding in relation to the SCR and visiting staff/volunteers as it is published and updated on Right Choice until further notice.

Online safety in schools and colleges

We will continue to provide a safe online environment for staff and children. This includes the use of an online filtering system. Where children are using computers in school, appropriate supervision will continue to be in place.

All staff who interact with children, including online, will continue to look out for signs a child may be at risk. Any such concerns will be dealt with as per our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy and where appropriate referrals will still be made to children’s social care and as required, the police. Online teaching will follow the same principles as set out in our Staff Behaviour Policy. We will ensure any use of online learning tools and systems is in line with privacy and data protection/GDPR requirements.

Supporting children not in school

We recognise that school is a protective factor for children, and the current circumstances can affect the mental health of pupils and their parents/carers.

We will devise plans to support any child who is vulnerable and not able to attend Corsham Regis for any reason. Plans will be shared with parents and (social workers where involved) and will be reviewed fortnightly.

Supporting children in school

The Headteacher will ensure that appropriate staff are on site and staff to pupil ratio numbers are appropriate. We will refer to the Government guidance for education and childcare settings on how to implement social distancing and continue to follow the advice from Public Health England to limit the risk of spread of Covid -19.

Support from the Multi-Academy Trust

The Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) will provide support and guidance as appropriate to enable the DSL to carry out their role effectively.This includes, remotely accessing Child Protection files for the purpose of quality assurance, support, guidance and direction, and may take the form of an online meeting.

Designated Safeguarding Leads at Corsham Regis

Mr Gareth Spicer, Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Gail McCrum, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Gemma Morris, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (currently on maternity leave)
Mrs Abby Symons, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Safeguarding the welfare and well-being of our pupils, and protecting them from significant harm is our prime concern at Corsham Regis Primary Academy. Safeguarding encompasses issues such as child protection, pupil health and safety, online safety, bullying/cyber-bullying, appropriate medical provision, drugs and substance misuse. These areas have specific policies and guidance which can be found on this page.

Should you have any queries or wish to raise concerns, please do not hesitate to contact either myself or one of the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads, Mrs McCrum and Mrs Morris.

Thank you

Mr Gareth Spicer

Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Policies and documentation

Designated Governor for Safeguarding

Mr Alan Brown is the Nominated Safeguarding Governor for Corsham Regis Primary Academy. You can contact Alan through the Clerk to the Governors [email protected]

Corsham Regis Primary Academy is part of The Corsham School Academy Group. If you wish to share any concerns about a child at The Corsham School, the Designated Safeguarding Lead at The Corsham School is Mr Bob Staten. Miss Lydia Smith is the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead. Both can be contacted on 01249 713284

Use of Digital / Video Images

The use of digital / video images plays an important part in learning activities. Pupils and members of staff may use digital cameras to record evidence of activities in lessons and out of school.  These images may then be used in presentations in subsequent lessons.

Images may also be used to celebrate success through their publication in newsletters, on the school website and occasionally in the public media.

The academy will comply with the Data Protection Act and request parents / carers permission before taking  images of members of the academy.  We will also ensure that when images are published that the young people cannot be identified by the use of their names.

In accordance with guidance from the Information Commissioner’s Office, parents / carers are welcome to take videos and digital images of their children at school events for their own personal use (as such use in not covered by the Data Protection Act). To respect everyone’s privacy and in some cases protection, these images should not be published / made publicly available on social networking sites, nor should parents / carers  comment on any activities involving other pupils in the digital / video images. 

Our Happy Policy

Our Happy Policy 2

County Lines: What are County Lines?

County Lines is a term used for organised drug-dealing networks, usually controlled by a person using a single telephone number or ‘deal line’.

They operate in major cities such as Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham, and distribute drugs across counties via ‘runners’.

Vulnerable children and adults are recruited as runners to transport drugs and cash all over the country, so that the criminals behind it can remain detached and less likely to be detected.

What’s ‘cuckooing’?

Criminals running County Lines will set up a base in a rural area or small town for a short time, taking over the home of a vulnerable person, ‘cuckooing’ them (named after the cuckoo’s practice of taking over other birds’ nests for its young).

Victims of ‘cuckooing’ are often drug users but can include older people, those suffering from mental or physical health problems, female sex workers, single mums and those living in poverty. Victims may suffer from other forms of addiction, such as alcoholism.

Some people may be forced to leave their homes, making themselves homeless and leaving the gangs free to sell drugs in their absence.

Online Safety

What is Online Safety?

Online Safety can also be called ‘internet safety’, ‘E safety’ or ‘web safety’. Online safety is often defined as the safe and responsible use of technology. This includes the use of the internet and also other means of communication using electronic media (eg text messages, gaming devices, email etc).

In practice, online safety is as much about behaviour as it is electronic security.Online safety in this context is classified into three areas of risk: 

  • Content: being exposed to illegal, inappropriate or harmful material 
  • Contact: being subjected to harmful online interaction with other users 
  • Conduct: personal online behaviour that increases the likelihood of, or causes, harm.

At Corsham Regis Primary Academy we believe that the most effective approach to internet safety is to treat it as a whole school community issue, with educational messages embedded across Computing, Learn 4 Life and Sex & Relationships Education, as well as touching on e-safety issues across the curriculum whenever and wherever children are using technology.

The National Curriculum and E Safety

The Computing curriculum started from September 2014 when the new national curriculum was published. In terms of teaching Online Safety to pupils, this document says:

At Key Stage 1

Pupils should be taught to:

  • use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.

At Key Stage 2

Pupils should be taught to:

  • use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content
  • use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.

All members of academy staff (teaching and non-teaching) are aware of e-safety and their own responsibilities when using the technologies now available for both personal and professional use.

The Computing Subject Leader maintains the profile of Online Safety with parents and carers through Safer Internet Day, Someone Special Days and curriculum evenings. There are also useful links at the bottom of this page that contain advice and guidance. 

Useful Online Safety resources

PREVENT

What is PREVENT?

From 1 July 2015 all schools, registered early years childcare providers and registered later years childcare providers (referred to in this advice as ‘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. It applies to a wide range of public-facing bodies. Bodies to which the duty applies must have regard to the statutory guidance. Paragraphs 57-76 of the guidance are concerned specifically with schools and childcare providers.

The Prevent duty: what it means for schools and childcare providers

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 is seen as part of our wider safeguarding duties at Corsham Regis, 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.

The teaching staff o build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values and enabling them to challenge extremist views. It is important to emphasise that the Prevent duty is not intended to stop pupils debating controversial issues. On the contrary, schools should provide 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. For early years childcare providers, the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage sets standards for learning, development and care for children from 0-5, thereby assisting their personal, social and emotional development and understanding of the world.

Staff training

The statutory guidance refers to the importance of Prevent awareness training to equip staff to identify children at risk of being drawn into terrorism and to challenge extremist ideas. The Home Office has developed a core training product for this purpose – Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent (WRAP). All staff who have regular face to face contact with our pupils have received this training from the headteacher. 

NSPCC Radicalisation helpline 0808 800 5000

Links you might find useful if you have any safeguarding concerns, including those involving online safety, as a parent or carer

  • Internet Watch Foundation If you see anything that upsets you online or makes you feel uncomfortable, you can report it here to protect others.
  • Common sense media What do you know about the games your children play? Click here to find out.
  • Internet Matters A comprehensive resource for parents, carers and professionals for all internet safety related queries and questions.