Child Protection and Safeguarding at The Federation of Follifoot & Spofforth CE Primary Schools
As a result of our vision Love Learn Thrive safety and dignity are recognised as essential precursors to learning and thriving. Ensuring the basic principle of respect for the value and preciousness of each person and treating everyone as a unique individual of inherent worth is understood and embraced by all.
It is the school’s highest priority to work with parents and outside agencies to ensure all children remain safe at all times. Safeguarding covers a whole range of areas including the safe management of visitors in school, the management of risk taking in school activities, the safe management of trips and visits and strong and secure child protection procedures. Most recently it also includes ensuring school has given due consideration to the implementation of national priorities such as the ‘Prevent’ agenda (prevention from risk of radicalisation) and other national issues such as Female Genital mutilation (FGM) and Child Sexual exploitation (CSE).
As a team we work collectively to ensure effective safeguarding procedures work well. There are three key personnel leading this:
- The Designated Senior Lead for child protection: Mr Paul Griffiths, Headteacher.
- The Deputy Designated Senior Lead for child protection: Mrs Katie Barnett, Senior Teacher at Follifoot School and Miss Alex Ward, Senior Teacher at Spofforht School.
- The Safeguarding Governor: Mrs Sue Foster.
Any parents who are worried that a child is not safe should contact the school by phone or via email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Alternatively parents can seek information via the web-site www.safeguardingchildren.co.uk.
If you are concerned about the welfare of a child out of hours you can use the following telephone number: 0845 034 9417.
Other useful websites include the NSPCC homepage and Childline, both links are found below. The school also work regularly with the NSPCC to deliver training to pupils on how to stay safe.
There are many other useful links which can be found on our e-safety page.
We are committed to working with parents positively, openly and honestly. We ensure that all parents are treated with respect, dignity and courtesy. We respect parents’ rights to privacy and confidentiality and will not share sensitive information unless we have permission or it is necessary to do so in order to protect a child.
School will share with parents any concerns we may have about their child unless to do so may place a child at risk of harm.
We encourage parents to discuss any concerns they may have with their child’s class teacher or senior child protection lead (see above for named persons).
The School’s Child Protection Policy is available in the policies section of the school website. All new parents are made aware of our child protection policies and procedures via the school newsletter and new starter pack.
The Federation of Follifoot & Spofforth C.E. Primary Schools are committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all children in school. All North Yorkshire schools, including Folifoot & Spofforth CE Schools, follow the North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Board procedures. The school will, in most circumstances, endeavor to discuss all concerns with parents about their children. 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 on request and on the school’s website.
All teaching staff, support staff and midday supervisors and governors have received training in how to deal with child protection issues in school. The school Child Protection Policy is updated annually to reflect changes to practice, personnel and training.
The school maintains a detailed single central record with regard to the appointment of all staff and volunteers. All appointment panels include a governor or senior leader who is fully training in safer recruitment practices.
The school also fulfills its statutory duties with regard to the government’s Prevent programme. This ensures that children are protected against extremist views and recognise ‘British Values’. Please see ‘Curriculum & British Values’ in the ‘Curriculum menu of our website for more information on this area.
Federation of Follifoot and Spofforth CE (VC) Primary Schools
Designated Senior Leader (DSL) for Safeguarding and Child
Mr Paul Griffiths (Headteacher)
Contact in school, via the school office or by telephone.
Follifoot 01423 872580
This member of staff is the person to contact should you have concerns about a child’s welfare.
Deputy Designated Senior Leader (DSL) for Safeguarding and Child Protection
Mrs Katie Barnett, Senior Teacher-Follifoot
Miss Alex Ward, Senior Teacher-Spofforth
Contact in school or via the school office.
This member of staff is the person to contact in Mr Griffiths absence should you have concerns about a child’s welfare.
Designated Governor for Safeguarding and Child Protection
Mrs Sue Foster
Contact in school or via the school office.
This governor is the person to contact should you have concerns about a child’s welfare that cannot be addressed with either of the above staff members.
Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) for Safeguarding and Child Protection
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone: 01609 532477
This is the person to contact should you have concerns about a child’s welfare that cannot be addressed with any of the staff or governors at the school.
The NSPCC whistleblowing helpline is an available route for anyone who does not feel able to raise concerns regarding child protection failures internally or with the LADO regarding how a concern is being handled by the school. Anyone can call 0800 0280285 or email help:nspcc,org,uk
New guidance published on keeping children safe from abuse and harm
DfE have jointly published new guidance with the Home Office, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and Public Health England on keeping children safe from abuse and harm. This guidance brings together sources of information about the main risks children may be vulnerable to during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and signposts you to help and support available.
The guidance can be found here: