Safeguarding...how do we keep your child safe?
Safeguarding encompasses all the things we do to protect our children. All schools have a legal duty to protect children and at Priestmead our duty of care is to our children above everything else.
Safeguarding includes child protection, health and safety, poor attendance or late punctuality, anti-bullying and preventing child-on-child abuse, preventing risk of radicalisation, e-safety, disclosure and barring checks on staff and adults in the school and behaviour including ensuring no discrimination based on race, cultural background, sexual identity/orientation, disability, religion or gender.
All staff have annual training including an assessment test as well as termly updates to ensure they are vigilant and keeping child safety at the forefront of what they do. We support children in identifying 5 trusted adults they can always confide in.
Below is a summary of the ways in which children are kept safe in school:
- Children receive safeguarding lessons as part of the PSHE curriculum
- Assemblies supporting safety and SMSC development
- Every child is supported to name five trusted adults within the school and out of school that they can talk to about any issue
- Comprehensive safeguarding policy, procedure and record keeping
- Staff training beyond legal requirements
- Regular parent workshops on E-Safety to promote safer internet use
- NSPCC PANTS campaign taught at age appropriate level to ensure children are aware of Child Sexual Exploitation including FGM
- Staff share information on a need-to-know basis to ensure child safety
- Termly Safeguarding meeting with governance lead stakeholders
The Safeguarding Team
At Priestmead we have a team of staff trained to a Level 3 standard to ensure they can support children, staff
Designated Safeguarding Lead:
Sachin Patel (Assistant Headteacher)
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leaders:
Sash Hamidi, Andrea Callender, Amy Creamer, Bhamini Jadeja and Aliya Boghani-Shah
Premises & HR Safeguarding Leads:
Mark Alwyn, Mieschel McIntosh
Mr English and Ms Morgan for The Pegasus Partnership Trust
If a child discloses something which has made them feel unsafe, we listen, note it down and pass the information on to Children's Services to ask for their assessment and instructions on the next steps.
Sometimes this can mean an uncomfortable conversation with families however all staff are committed to listening to the child and responding to what they say.
We make no apologies for listening to your child to ensure they feel safe.
We will work with families to address and resolve any concerns as ultimately the best place for a child is within a safe family unit.
What if you have a concern?
- If you have a concern about your child's safety in school, never delay...speak to us straight away.
- Your child's class teacher or year team leader are key starting people.
- If you feel it is more serious a member of the Safeguarding team will meet you.
- If your concerns were regarding a child outside of school, you can make an anonymous referral directly to Children's Services by calling:
Here are a list of Safeguarding policies on how we keep your child safe at Priestmead:
- Attendance Policy
- Behaviour Policy
- Care & Control Policy
- Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy
- Keeping Children Safe in Education Part One
- First Aid Policy
- Intimate Care Policy
- Late Collection Policy
- Medical Policy
- Mental health & Wellbeing (Children) Policy