Brambles Primary Academy’s whole-school Child Protection Policy aims to provide clear direction to staff and others about expected codes of behaviour in dealing with child welfare concerns.
The policy also aims to make explicit the school’s commitment to the development of good practice and sound procedures to keep children safe in our school.
This policy recognises that abuse can occur in all communities and contexts and that all staff have a responsibility and the opportunity to support children, in sharing concerns and worries in the academy to feel safe.
The whole academy culture of vigilance in Brambles Primary creates a safe space where children are supported, listened to and valued in what they choose to share and that ALL staff act immediately with the necessary level of intervention to create the most effective outcome for every individual child.
The purpose of the policy is, therefore, to ensure that our children’s welfare is of paramount importance, early and additional help is offered to prevent escalation and where child protection concerns are identified referrals are handled sensitively, professionally and in ways that support the needs of the child’s well-being.
If you have any concerns of a safeguarding nature during Academy hours, please contact the academy on 01642 210704. Please ask for the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Keri Beever and in her absence Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (DDSL) Darren Higgins or Tracy Gill.
Outside of these hours, please contact the Multi Agency Children’s Hub on 01642 726004, email: MiddlesbroughMACH@middlesbrough.gov.uk or contact the police (if necessary).
Safeguarding is an integral part of our curriculum in school, being promoted in our Relationships Education Knowledge Organisers and Knowledge Sequencing document. These include features of healthy relationships, family relationships and other relationships which young children are likely to encounter. Children are made aware of features of relationships that are likely to lead to happiness and security as well as recognise less positive relationships if they encounter them. We have a whole school e-safety scheme using whose content addresses online safety and this is also embedded through our Computing curriculum. It aims to support children to use technology safely, respectfully, responsibly, recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour and identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact. Our assembly themes and whole school events also promote how to stay safe, including the use of outside speakers (e.g. fire brigade, road safety) as well as theme weeks/days (e.g. Anti-Bullying Week, Safer Internet Day). Posters around school encourage children to talk to staff if they don’t feel safe or if something is worrying them.
Please see the Child Protection Policy by following the link below: