Gretton Primary School believes that it is of the utmost importance to have good systems for protecting children and safeguarding their welfare.
This means that all those (including volunteers) who work with children in the academy must be alert to possible concerns about every student and report these appropriately. In order to protect our children.
We aim to:
- Create an atmosphere where all our pupils can feel secure, valued and listened to
- Recognise signs and symptoms of abuse
- Respond quickly and effectively to cases of suspected abuse
- Ensure that all staff and volunteers have up to date safeguarding training
Our academy will support all children by:
- Encouraging self-esteem and self-assertiveness whilst not condoning aggression or bullying
- Promoting a caring, safe and positive environment within the academy
Everyone working with our children should be aware that:
- Their role is to listen and note carefully any observations which could indicate abuse
- They should not attempt to investigate once the initial concern is raised
- They should involve the Designated Senior Leader (DSL) immediately
- If the DSL's are not available, the Principal should be contacted
- A disclosure of abuse or harm can be made at anytime (lesson times, break times, after school etc)
- Before outside agencies are invited into the academy to work with our children or to carry out work on the premises, staff are required to ensure that all relevant DBS checks and identification has been seen.
The Brooke Weston Trust policy for safeguarding children is to:
- Protect children from maltreatment;
- Preventing impairment of children’s health or development;
- Ensure that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;
- To take action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
Our full safeguarding policy can be found by clicking here.
Helpline for victims of sexual abuse in schools
Sexual abuse in any form is unacceptable.
A dedicated helpline is now open to support anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse.
The helpline is run by the NSPCC and will provide victims of abuse with the appropriate support, advice and onward action, including on contacting professionals or the police if they wish. The helpline will also provide support to parents and professionals too.
More information can be found at INFORMATION ABOUT THE DFE/NSPCC
Reporting a Concern
Please refer to the Designated Safeguarding Lead or Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead in the relevant school to report a concern.
Details of who to contact are below.
If you have a concern that a child is being harmed or at risk of harm or you receive a disclosure (intentionally or unintentionally) you must contact one of our DSLs who are;
Mrs MacDonald - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Sanders - email@example.com
Mrs Block - firstname.lastname@example.org (Maternity leave)
Mrs Moore - email@example.com
Mrs Young - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Crawford - email@example.com
For more information on DSL please click here
Other Safeguarding Agencies
The Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
The MASH can advise on whether a family needs early help or whether they meet the threshold for statutory child protection. Telephone: 0300 126 1000
Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)
The Designated Officer is accountable to the NSCB and operates independently within Children's Services to help safeguarding children.
Designated Officer: Andy Smith - 01604 367862 or Andrew.smith@NCTrust .co.uk
Out of hours service
Should you need to contact children's Social Care urgently during the evening, at night or at the weekend, phone the out of hours team on 01604 626938. An operator will answer the phone and take details of the problem and your contact details. They will then pass this information over to the duty social worker.