Glen Park Primary is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its children. We will always take a considered and sensitive approach in order that we can support all our pupils and recognise that each pupil’s welfare is of paramount importance. All staff and any volunteers who work within the school are given clear guidance in how to behave and work with children. They are highly vigilant and well trained to report any concerns they have about a child's well-being swiftly. At Glen Park Primary will always talk with parents if concerns have been noted and will keep them informed should we feel it is necessary for us to report these concerns to another agency. Children know they can talk about their worries to an adult they trust.
We have produced an information leaflet for parents and carers to explain how we work to safeguard the children in our care. This can be accessed by clicking on the link below:
If you have any queries or concerns regarding the safety of a child either inside or outside of school, you can contact our designated safeguarding lead teacher who is Anthony Hutchings (Headteacher). In his absence, you can contact the nominated deputies Gemma Hunt (Deputy Headteacher) or Emma Bushe (Phase 1 Leader).
Our safeguarding governor is Mr Simon Mahoney, who can be contacted via the school office.
All staff who are employed within the school, are required to adhere to our 'Safeguarding Code of Conduct'. This code is designed to give clear guidance on the standards of behaviour all school staff are expected to observe at all times to ensure the safeguarding of our children.
Our safeguarding procedures are monitored by the Governing Body and by Plymouth City Council. Further information can be found via the Plymouth Safeguarding Children Board website at http://www.plymouth.gov.uk/localsafeguardingchildrenboard/
Glen Park Primary and the Governing Body fully recognises its responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and to work together with other agencies to ensure adequate arrangements within our school to identify, assess, and support those children who are suffering harm. We also follow safer recruitment practices when appointing new staff and volunteers. Our staff and governors undertake annual training in this area to ensure the welfare and safety of our children remains paramount.
We have a Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy that applies to all staff, governors and volunteers working in the school and we all follow the Safer Working Practices document. To access these documents please click on the links below:
Safeguarding and Child Protection during the period of national lockdown.
This appendix was first developed in response to and aligned to DfE guidance in March 2020 parents were asked to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and for schools to remain open only for vulnerable children and those of workers critical to the COVID-19 response. It has now been updated in response the national lockdown which commenced on 6 January, 2021 and in light of the latest DfE Guidance, “Restricting attendance during the national lockdown: schools”
Schools and all childcare providers have once again been asked to provide care for a limited number of children:
- children who are vulnerable and
- children whose parents are critical to the COVID-19 or EU-transition (Brexit) response and cannot be safely cared for at home
This appendix of the Safeguarding, and Child Protection policy contains details of our individual safeguarding arrangements during this period of time and is likely to be reviewed at regular intervals particularly when new advice is released by the DfE. The document can be accessed through clicking on the link below.