Alongside our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy, the following updated 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. It also includes children who have been assessed as otherwise vulnerable by educational providers or local authorities (including children’s social care services), and who could therefore benefit from continued attendance as per current government guidance.
As some more of our children return to Corsham Regis Primary Academy, we will continue to liaise with the Local Authority and with parents to decide whether a child other than those in year groups R, Y1 and Y6 with an EHCP needs to continue to be offered a place at schoolto 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 all vulnerable children who have a social worker will continue to 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 School attendance and children with a CiN 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.
As children return to school, we will ask parents to advise us of any changes regarding welfare, health and wellbeing before a child returns so that safeguarding, and welfare information held on all children remains accurate.
Concerns about vulnerable children not physically attending should be progressed through the most appropriate channels. Any concerns around ongoing attendance should be referred to the EWO service either via the school link EWO or karen.[email protected] .- currently this service is being offered to all settings. It’s important at this time that even if a case would not typically ‘meet threshold’ that we collectively discuss children we are concerned about in a multi-agency forum and determine what support can best meet their needs. Contact the Early Support Hub for additional advice and support for children and families on 0300 4560108 or [email protected]
As children return to school , there is an expectation that staff will work with and support children’s social workers, the local authority virtual school head for looked-after and previously looked-after children and any other relevant safeguarding and welfare partners. Regular contact should be made with these partners. During the current situation schools can request a ‘team around the school’ meeting by contacting their Regional Lead. The Regional Lead will be able to work alongside the school and relevant agencies to set up communication channels if schools or welfare partners are finding this challenging.
Regional leads for School Effectiveness
North: [email protected]
East: [email protected]
South: [email protected]
West: [email protected]
Designated Safeguarding Leads
To ensure Corsham Regis staff have access to specialist advice and support about safeguarding, the following details continue to apply as the school reopens to an increased number of children. Where a trained DSL (or deputy) is not on site, the following arrangements for a trained DSL from The Corsham School is in place to provide advice remotely.
|Name||Job title||Responsibilities||Main registered base||Phone number||Email address|
|Abby Symons||Acting Headteacher||DSL||Corsham Regis||01249 712294||[email protected]|
|Gail McCrum||Senior Teacher Leading Inclusion||DDSL||Home||[email protected]|
|Bob Staten||Assistant Headteacher at The Corsham School||Designated Safeguarding Lead||The Corsham School||01249 713284||[email protected]|
School staff and volunteers are made aware that DSLs (and deputies) may have more time to support staff and children regarding new concerns (and referrals as appropriate) as more children return.
Currently face to face training is not be offered until September. New e learning options are available to book through the SVPP including Domestic Abuse, County Lines & Gang Activity and Child Exploitation. The NSPCC are offering e learning for Safer recruitment training and the Home Office for Prevent.
Reporting a concern
Where staff have a concern about a child, they will continue to follow the process outlined in the Corsham Regis Primary Academy Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy. We recognise that staff and volunteers may identify new safeguarding concerns about individual children as they see them in person following partial school closures and staff and volunteers must follow the school reporting procedures if they have any concern.
Any email containing confidential information must have these recorded in a password protected document and will be sent using official Corsham Regis email addresses.
Where staff are concerned about an adult working with children in the school, 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.
Changes to the DOFA Service due to Covid-19
All consultations and referrals must be made in writing. Concerns and referrals for the attention of the Designated Officer should be emailed to [email protected] along with a name and contact telephone number and a referral form will be forwarded for completion.
As part of the plan to reopen the school to more children, staff are:
Safeguarding Training and Induction
As DSL face-to-face training has not been available during the partial schoolclosure due to 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 continue to 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 (2020). The DSL will communicate with staff any new local arrangements, as appropriate.
As 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 Corsham Regis 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 (2020).
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
During the partial school closure and as children return to the school, 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 and use will be in line with guidance provided by Wiltshire Council COVID-19 Guidance and advice for opening of educational settings 19 May.
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. As online teaching continues for children not yet offered a place back at school, staff 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 young people, 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 school for any reason as well as to support the children as they return to school. 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 as well as Wiltshire Council COVID-19 Guidance and advice for opening of educational settings 19 May.
Support from the Multi-Academy Trust
The Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) will provide support andguidance as appropriate to enable the DSL to carry out their role effectively.This includes, remotely accessing Child Protection files for the purpose of qualityassurance, support, guidance and direction.The MAT will also provide regular group and individual supervision sessions. Thismay take the form of an online meeting.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
At Key Stage 2
Pupils should be taught to:
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.
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.
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.
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