Safeguarding & Support
Child Protection Statement
Glusburn Community Primary School is committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all children in school. All North Yorkshire schools, including Glusburn Community Primary School, follow the North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Board procedures. The school will, in most circumstances, endeavour to discuss all concerns with parents about their child/ren. However, there may be exceptional circumstances when the school will discuss concerns with Social Care and/or the Police without parental knowledge (in accordance with Child Protection procedures). The school will, of course, always aim to maintain a positive relationship with all parents. The school’s child protection policy is available publicly.
ANY PARENT OR MEMBER OF STAFF WITH ANY CONCERNS SHOULD IMMEDIATELY REPORT THEM TO THE DESIGNATED SENIOR PERSON: SEE CONTACTS BELOW.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead for Child Protection is: Neil Bithell (Deputy Headteacher)
The three Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads who deputise in his absence are: Mrs Katie Smith (Headteacher); Linsey Sanderson (Head of Early Years); Rachel Woodier (Lead for Safeguarding Curriculum and Computing Curriculum).
The impact of COVID-19 means that most of us will be at home for an extended period and are likely to be spending increasing amounts of time online.
The online world is a necessity for many children in accessing school work and it delivers huge benefits, not least in enabling us to stay connected to family and friends during this period. However, many parents may feel concerned about the content their children are accessing.
Although rare, there is a risk that increased online activity and feelings of stress and isolation may be exploited by negative influences and online groomers of all kinds to target vulnerable children and young people directly. An understanding of digital safety will help parents and carers safeguard loved ones from a range of harms, whether that’s child sexual exploitation, fraud, or extremist influences seeking to radicalise vulnerable people. Extremists may use the COVID-19 outbreak to promote hateful views, for example through conspiracy theories blaming a particular group for the virus, or through spreading misinformation regarding these groups’ responses to it.
What steps can I take to keep my child safe online? Please click on the link below to access advice and guidance.
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: Article 18 (parental responsibilities and state assistance). Governments must support parents by creating support services for children and giving parents the help they need to raise their children.
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: Article 19 (protection from violence, abuse and neglect). Governments must do all they can to ensure that children are protected from all forms of violence, abuse, neglect and bad treatment by their parents or anyone else who looks after them.
At Glusburn Community Primary School, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of every child is a priority; we want all children and adults to feel safe. Our child-centred philosophy ensures that the best interests of the child are always taken into account, while providing a comprehensive support network to ensure that all opportunities are taken to promote effective safeguarding. Although safeguarding is led by a senior team, all adults are responsible for leading safeguarding throughout school. Children are encouraged to take a proactive role in areas relating to safeguarding, ensuring that they are part of the process and owners of their own safety. All pupils follow a well-designed safeguarding curriculum to help them learn about potential risks and danger and develop their understanding of action that can be taken to keep themselves safe. As a school, we work closely with families, external agencies and other professionals to ensure children are protected and can achieve their full potential in all areas of development.
This curriculum has been designed by pulling together strands of learning from the Computing and PSHCE curriculums alongside the Education for a Connected World 2021 Document to ensure children are made aware of their rights and responsibilities when it comes to keeping themselves and others safe both on and offline. We have created this curriculum on the premise of Maslow’s pyramid of learning whereby a child cannot make progress or learn effectively if they, to begin with, do not feel safe or secure.
Children are exposed to a weekly Safeguarding lesson with clear learning outcomes which show progression from year to year. Knowledge, skills and understanding are built upon the following themes: Self Image and Identity, Online Relationships, Online Reputations, Online Bullying, Managing Online Information, Health, Wellbeing and Lifestyle, Privacy and Security, Copyright and Ownership. These have been matched to the PSHCE themes across the academic year: Me and My Relationships, Keeping Myself Safe, My Healthy Lifestyle, Becoming Active Citizens and Me and My Future.