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Safeguarding and Child Protection

At The Crescent the safeguarding of all our children is paramount.

We do this by:

Providing a safe environment for children to learn and play

Health and safety regulations provide guidance and policies are in place.

Listening to what children tell us

Staff in school are always available to talk to pupils. We also have ‘worry boxes’ in each class and Place2Be counsellors are available at lunchtimes.

Identifying vulnerable children and families who may require additional support

We have Family Support Workers employed at school to offer advice and support to families and Place2Be counselling for our pupils and parents.

Acting swiftly and appropriately when child protection concerns are raised

We have 5 designated safeguarding officers in school who are responsible for Child Protection. Staff are always happy to speak to any parent who has a concern.

Working effectively with outside agencies who are providing services for our children

We have a duty of care to our pupils and all staff are supportive to agencies working with our families.

Following safer recruitment procedures and policies when appointing new staff/volunteers

All staff and volunteers working with our pupils are DBS checked prior to joining the school and there are staff induction procedures in place when new staff join.

Consistently promoting and ensuring safe practice within our setting

Our policies reviewed regularly and are in accordance with current legislation.

How we do this:

Attendance

There is a legal requirement for us to monitor attendance closely. This is linked to attainment and to the welfare of all children.

The law states schools are not allowed to permit absence for holidays taken during school time. Requests for leave of absence for special circumstances must be made in writing to the head teacher before any leave is taken; it is authorised at the discretion of the head teacher. The Crescent works closely with the Educational Welfare Service.

Physical safety

The boundaries to our school are secured with high fences that are in good condition. These are checked and maintained regularly. All staff wear badges. All visitors must sign in and wear visitor badges. We have CCTV cameras in and outside the school. Fire drills take place regularly. Risk assessments are completed prior to any school visit.

Emotional Safety

We have a values-based ethos and all pupils are treated with respect. We have Place2Be counsellors who work with pupils and parents. We do not tolerate bullying.

Curriculum

Pupils are taught, through the curriculum, about personal and e-safety.

We do this to ensure

Safe     -     Happy     -   Learning

For children to learn they must feel happy, and to feel happy they must feel safe.

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