Safeguarding at Goldsworth Primary School

Goldsworth Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We have a safeguarding policy in place and all staff (including supply staff, volunteers and governors) must ensure that they are aware of this policy and its procedures.

Sometimes it may be necessary to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless there is a reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is: Emma Knight

Our Deputy DSLs are: Georgie Samuel, Elise Baird, Jo Foley & Jo Williams

If your concerns relate to the actions or behaviour of a member of staff (which could suggest that she/he is unsuitable to work with children) then you should report this to one of the DSLs in confidence, who will refer the matter to the Headteacher (or the Chair of Governors if the concern relates to the Headteacher), who will consider what action to take.

A culture of safeguarding is embedded at Goldsworth Primary School. We recognise that pupils can be vulnerable for a number of reasons and so there is a need to safeguard our pupils for through education and the curriculum within the school. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children. Staff are made aware that any safeguarding issues need to be reported through the correct routes to the designated Safeguarding Leader.

Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) September 2023 outlines ‘that everybody working in a school or college understands their safeguarding responsibilities.’ And that ‘Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined for the purposes of this guidance as:

  • protecting children from maltreatment
  • preventing the impairment of children’s mental and physical health or development
  • ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care, and
  • taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes

To ensure the above guidelines are followed we take action to enable all children to have the best outcomes through our safeguarding measures regardless of their age, culture, physical needs, gender, language, racial origin, religious beliefs and sexual identity. In order to do this we have clear procedures in place to ensure that disclosures or allegations are taken seriously, recorded correctly and investigated.

In order to provide the best possible safeguarding for all pupils in our school we work with outside agencies to ensure we get expert advice and support. We follow procedures set out by the Local Education Authority and “Keeping Children Safe in Education” in accordance with child protection procedures. Below are some of the links we have with external agencies:

  • School Nurse Service
  • Inclusion Officer (Attendance)
  • Operation Encompass (Police)
  • Mindworks (Child and Adult Mental Health Service)
  • Specialist Teachers in Practice
  • Children’s services
  • Health practitioners
  • Special Educational Needs and Disability Team

Safeguarding is taught to children through a range of means, including PSHE and Computing lessons, assemblies and themed days to name a few examples.