The school’s safeguarding polices can be found in the Policies section of our website and on request at the school office. At Morden Primary School we consider the safeguarding of children to be our most important priority. Children need to feel safe, cared for and valued in order to learn and thrive. In our school we follow the guidance set out in ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ which states that schools must ensure they:
• Protect children from maltreatment
• Prevent the impairment of children’s health or development
• Ensure children grow up in safe and effective care
• Take action to ensure children achieve the best outcomes
To ensure the above guidelines are followed we take action to enable all children to have the best outcomes through our safeguarding measures regardless of their age, culture, physical needs, gender, language, racial origin, religious beliefs and sexual identity. In order to do this we have clear procedures in place to ensure that disclosures or allegations are taken seriously, recorded correctly and investigated.
Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children. Staff are made aware that any safeguarding issues need to be reported through the correct routes to the designated Safeguarding Leader. When staff are recruited we follow the procedures set out in our ‘School Recruitment and Selection Policy’. Also on-going safeguarding measures are in place for staff currently employed i.e. through training and DBS re-checks. In addition to this all staff receive annual safeguarding training and updates to ensure they could recognise signs and symptoms of abuse and report using our agreed procedures. The Designated Safeguarding Leaders in school are:
• Mrs Anna Kira - Designated Safeguarding Leader
• Mr Jim Carrington & Mrs Peta Blow – Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leader
Out of school, should you have a safeguarding concern about a child, the Merton Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub can be contacted on 02085 454226
To support pupils with confidence and knowledge of safeguarding issues we ensure our personal, social, health education (PSHE) programme allows lots of opportunities to develop their understanding. For example:
• Anti-bullying week
• SRE lessons teach children how to make safe relationships
• Drugs and alcohol education teaches children to be safe around different substances and the effect of drug and alcohol misuse.
• Being assertive in ‘Good to be Me’ topic (knowing when and how to say no)
• Our World (learning about our community responsibilities)
• Speak out, stay safe assembly from the NSPCC
• Arrive alive - Year 6 (Safety in the streets)
• Around the Corner – Year 2 (Safety in the streets)
• Bikability –KS2 (safety on roads)
• Scooter training - Years 1-3 (safety on pavements)
• Safer Internet Day – annual event
• Science – Get gas safe - Year 4
• RE – being tolerant and understanding other religions
• Discussing online safety in all lessons where research using technology is required Cooking lessons – using equipment safely
• DT - using tools safely
• Sunshine club – building safe friendships
• Junior Wardens – safe neighbourhoods, Neighbourhood Watch and where to go if they feel unsafe
• Trips out of school – hazards identified and precautions discussed with the children before leaving
• Annual pupil questionnaires to identify those children who may not feel safe
• School council – discuss matters within school
• Regular discussions about keeping safe online when accessing things on the internet.
• Demonstrations as well as discussions on real world security settings covering a variety of social media and mobile apps.
• Software installed on all school computers monitoring activity allowing teachers to monitor all computers from one spot. Software can also monitor keywords typed to alert teachers of misuse of our Acceptable Use Policy.
• Honest and clear information regarding social media and mobile applications and their age specifications – Parents informed
• Being respectful of others intellectual property – copyright
• Electronic communication encompassing sms, mms, e-mail, social media, snapchat, Instagram etc. Teaching the children to be respectful of others thoughts, opinions and social standings (including religion, style, interests etc). Keeping in mind that all communication could be traceable and making sure that EVERYTHING sent has possible consequences. Therefore, all communication should remain respectful, polite and with a purpose.
In order to provide the best possible safeguarding for all pupils in our school we work with outside agencies to ensure we get expert advice and support. We follow procedures set out by the Local Education Authority and ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ in accordance with child protection procedures. Below are some of the links we have with external agencies:
• School Nurse Service
• Education Welfare Officer
• Educational Psychology Team
• CAMHS (Child and Adult Mental Health Service)
• Behaviour Support Service
• Social Services
• Parent Support Advisor
• Health practitioners
• Special Educational Needs and Disability Team