Safeguarding Team at Webheath:
Mrs Janine Burton – Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
Mrs Hollie Heffernan, Mrs Jayne Woodward, Miss Emma Clifton – Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (DDSLs)
Children have a right to be cared for and protected, protecting them is everyone’s responsibility. Here at Webheath Academy Primary School we have a duty of care to ensure that all users of the school are kept safe from harm. We are committed to provide a secure and supportive environment in which children can develop and grow into mature and responsible people. Safeguarding children is an essential part of our holistic approach to ensure that children are protected from abuse and neglect and that every child reaches their full potential.
The best interests of the children will always be our priority. As such, there are times we will need to record, monitor and share information with other agencies. We will share concerns about our pupils with the child’s parents/carers unless we have reason to believe that such a move would not be in the child’s best interest.
Please find information below from Get SAFE: Get Safe – keeping children and young people safe from criminal exploitation | Worcestershire County Council
Get Safe Support Services for Children and Young People
At Webheath Academy Primary School we recognise the challenges that families face in bringing up children. There may be times when you need extra help and support. If this is the case please come and talk to us. There are many ways in which we can help .
Please see below our Early Help offer in Webheath for 2021-22 plus resources available to parents in Worcestershire through our County Council.
If you need a paper copy or further advice please contact the school office on 01527 544820 or via email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Safeguarding Curriculum
Pupil safeguarding and the promotion of fundamental British values are a core part of our learning at Webheath Academy Primary. Great importance is placed on identifying opportunities in the taught curriculum for children to learn about safeguarding. Our broad curriculum gives pupils opportunities to experience life in all its diversity, to acquire knowledge, understanding and skills that significantly impact on personal development, behaviour and welfare and equips every child with the knowledge and skills required for personal safeguarding. Our PSHE curriculum is constantly developing to cover all areas of Safeguarding, developing in detail as children go through the school. We are sensitive in our teaching and recognise that some more sensitive subjects need to taught at an age appropriate level, or at a small group or 1:1 level where a more urgent need arises.
We plan to constantly challenge children to think deeply about safeguarding matters and their own personal, physical and mental wellbeing. We value pupils’ questions and give them space for their own thoughts, ideas and concerns. We give them opportunities across the curriculum to explore values, personal rights, responsibilities and equal opportunities that develop moral concepts that impact positively on safeguarding, promote British values and prevent radicalisation and extremism. There are many opportunities throughout our Learning in school to explore safeguarding issues.
Practical safeguarding opportunities are planned into the curriculum. For example:
- Road safety including out of school visits and walk to school safety
- Poolside and water safety through swimming lessons
- Fire awareness (including visits from the local fire service)
- Visitors from charities and charitable events such as the Redditch Food Bank, NSPCC, Children in Need, Bags for Brummies.
- Visits from local secondary and middle schools around safe transition to new schools
- Online safety lessons and training
- Forest School, being safe in the outdoors, what to do if??
- What to do if you are separated from your group and emergency evacuation planning (in relation to school visits)
- Safe use of technology including password security and privacy settings, safe usage agreements for all children
We have developed an open and safe learning environment in which pupils express their views, seek help and help others. The promotion of equality of opportunity and diversity, for pupils and staff, helps prevent any form of direct or indirect discriminatory behaviour. Our children learn to not tolerate any prejudiced behaviour. Our behaviour policy promotes making good choices and exhibiting good learning behaviours. Class times are time for sharing ideas, addressing concerns and promoting important values. Assembly time and circle times are used to promote personal safeguarding matters and explore themes. For example, we talk about anti- bullying including cyber bullying and school values including how these values are promoted in our school and in wider society. Staff and children are quick to challenge stereotypes and the use of derogatory language in lessons and around school. Our school provides pupils with a comprehensive understanding of people and communities beyond their immediate experience including the role of women in society and different family groups including same sex couples. Throughout the curriculum there are planned opportunities to promote all forms of equality and foster greater understanding of and respect for people of all faiths (and those with no faith), races, genders, ages, disability and sexual orientations, through their words, actions and in their influence. Opportunities are created in a variety of subjects to address areas of safeguarding, for example, themes are highlighted through novels in English lessons.
Time is taken at the beginning of every new school year to reaffirm school values, expectations and rules for living and learning at Webheath Academy Primary School. This good start to the year, with everyone clear about their roles and responsibilities, sets the tone for the rest of the year and leads to excellent safeguarding outcomes.
Parents in every phase of school are informed about online safety (including use of mobile phone) in curriculum meetings and throughout the school year.