There is nothing more important than the welfare and happiness of our children and Slingsby Community Primary School is dedicated to ensuring a child-centred approach to safeguarding. Children who need help and protection deserve the best quality and effective support as soon as a need is identified. We work closely with North Yorkshire County Council, the Police and local agencies in accordance with the principles of the Children Acts 1989 and 2004 and the DfE Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance.
We believe that regular communication with parents is vital and we ask that our parents and carers support us by sharing information and telling us if there is something going on outside school that may have an affect on our children and their families. No issue is too small, we are always here to listen. The school will always endeavour to maintain a positive relationship with all parents and carers and any concerns will be discussed together, however, there may be exceptional circumstances when the school will discuss concerns with NYCC Safeguarding Team/ Social Care and/or the Police without parental knowledge (in accordance with Child Protection procedures).
All parents and carers are asked to sign Home-School agreements to uphold our school policies and Values For Life including Responsible Use of the Internet, Social Networking, Use of Mobile Phones, Abusive and Threatening Behaviour, Parental Involvement, Attendance and Privacy Notices. Information regarding Health & Safety and school safeguarding systems are regularly communicated in our weekly newsletters, letters and on our website.
All our staff and governors undertake annual safeguarding training and work in line with the Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance which is available online and from the School Office. Our Head Teacher also undertakes Safer Recruitment Training. Our Safeguarding procedures are set out in our Safeguarding Policies which include but are not limited to the following: –
Attendance (including missing children)
Child Protection Policy
Children Looked After and Previously Looked After (LAC)
Children with health needs who cannot attend school
Drugs and substance misuse
Emergency procedures, including lock-down and evacuation
Equality information and objectives
Health and safety
ICT including online safety, acceptable use (Computing)
Management of allegations against staff and confidential reporting process /Complaints Leaflet
Radicalisation and extremist behaviour
Recruitment and selection
Relationships and Sex Education
Supporting pupils with medical conditions
Staff behaviour policy (code of conduct)
Copies of our policies are available from the School Office.