Safeguarding, Child Protection and Online-safety
SAFEGUARDING AND CHILD PROTECTION AT MARLCLIFFE PRIMARY
At school we have a statutory duty to: “Safeguard and promote the welfare of children”
• Protecting children from maltreatment;
• Preventing impairment of children’s health or development;
• Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;
• Undertaking that role so as to enable those children to have optimum life chances and to enter adulthood successfully.
‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’, DCSF 2010 Keeping children Safe in Education 2018.
At Marlcliffe we put children at the heart of all we do. All staff have a duty of care for the children; sometimes we see things that give us cause for concern or a child may ask us for help. We will contact parents if we have concerns about their child’s welfare and ask them to come into school to discuss them. We may be able to offer support in school or we can help parents / carers to access support from the local Multi-Agency Support Team (MAST.) If we have more serious concerns we will inform parents and refer the case onto social care.
We talk to the children about safety as part of our curriculum and older children are introduced to the work of Childline. We hope that all the children feel able to talk to adults in school if there is anything they are worried about.
Click here to go to Sheffield Safeguarding Children Board's website we follow their all policies and procedures.
The Safeguarding Children Team at Marlcliffe Primary includes:
Head Teacher Alison Mann (Designated Safeguarding Lead) – is responsible for implementing policies & procedures, allocating resources to the safeguarding team & addressing staff safeguarding concerns.
Designated Safeguarding Deputies, Sherren Barratt, Learning Mentor, senior member of the leadership team responsible for dealing with safeguarding issues, providing advice and support to other staff, liaising with the local authority, and working with other agencies. Fiona Turner, Deputy Head and Sarah Adam, Assistant Head are also trained safeguarding deputies.
Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCo) Karen Cashmore and Roanne Stacey : advice, liaison & support for staff and agencies working with children with special education needs and their parents or carers.
Learning Mentor ~ Sherren Barratt : Identifies difficulties preventing a child from reaching their full potential e.g. behaviour, attendance, achievement, timekeeping, homework, safeguarding issues, and develops strategies to overcome these barriers. She also supports parents with home issues like behaviour, bedtime routines etc. Lesey Smith works directly with individual chidren with anxiety issues.
Looked After Children (LAC) Designated Teacher ~ Liz Neale : promotes the educational achievement of ‘looked after’ children who are on the school role, and helps staff understand issues that affect how they learn and achieve.
Online-Safety~ ICT including the internet, email and mobile technologies have an important role in learning in our school. We expect all children to be safe and responsible when using ICT. We teach children about e-safety as part of the curriculum and in assemblies. This includes the possible dangers of social networking sites and how to use these with secure settings as well as an understanding of cyber-bullying.
Useful videos for parents to discuss online safety are here:
Listed below are links to information for parents about apps like Snapchat, WhatsApp and how to set security settings on your child's devices.