What is SAFEGUARDING?
"Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all practitioners should make sure their approach is child-centred. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child."
Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021
Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
Safeguarding means: protecting children from abuse and maltreatment. preventing harm to children's health or development. ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care.
What is Child Abuse? https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-is-child-abuse/
At Prescot Primary School we are clear that “Abuse is abuse and will never be tolerated or passed off as “banter”, “just having a laugh”, or “part of growing up”.
Safeguarding is a priority at Prescot Primary and we believe that safeguarding our children is everyone's responsibility. It is our aim to promote safeguarding with staff, parents and visitors and also to equip our pupils with the skills to keep themselves safe and healthy. We regularly discuss the importance of looking after our health, our hearts and our minds and the children can identify safeguards all around them - whether living or not. We have safeguarding mascots - our 'three little birds' - and a theme tune that helps to connect our learners with some important life lessons.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) at Prescot Primary School is Steve George, (Headteacher). Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are Lisa Seddon, (Deputy Head), Emma George (Assistant Head for EYFS), Neil Jones (Assistant Head for Teaching and Learning), Julie Hewitson (KS1&2 SENDCo) and Frances Collis (Learning Mentor).
Safeguarding Governors' Committee
The Safeguarding Committee is made up of six governors including the Headteacher. The committee is responsible for ensuring an appropriate Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy and procedures are in place and that all relevant legislation and guidance is adhered to in order to keep all children and the staff at school safe.
What to do if you have any concerns.
If you have any concerns regarding safeguarding, please contact the school on 0151 432 7100 and make an appointment to see a member of the Safeguarding Team. You may also wish to refer to the guidance from Knowsley MBC:
Remember, it is important to share your concerns even if you are unsure. Anyone can make a referral to Knowsley Children's Services: 0151 443 2600. The Local Authority Designated Officer (L.A.D.O) for Managing Allegations Against Staff can be contacted on 0151 443 4467.