Safeguarding at Phoenix Primary
We are committed to:
- Always acting in the best interests of the child, ensuring their views and wishes are heard and acted upon
- Safeguarding children and promoting their welfare. This is a shared responsibility within our school and together with all partner agencies.
- Working with partner agencies to safeguard children by adhering to Local Safeguarding Children Board policies and procedures and national guidance, particularly the LSCB responding to needs framework/levels of need guidance. We will contribute to effective holistic assessments of the child and family to ensure better outcomes for children.
- Working in partnership with other agencies to provide early help in keeping with the statutory guidance in Keeping Children Safe in Education (DFE) and Working Together to Safeguard Children (DFE). Schools are well placed to promote early help and undertake early help assessments with other agencies before children’s needs escalate to a point where a statutory referral to Children’s Services is required.
- Providing effective induction of all staff and volunteers, and regular on-going training to ensure all adults can recognise signs and indicators of abuse and harm. Adults working with children are always expected to act in the best interests of the child and understand that, if necessary, anyone can make a referral to Children’s Services.
- Ensuring that safer recruitment practices are adhered to and that we have well understood safeguarding policies and procedures. Our code of conduct for adults will promote safer working practices and a culture of vigilance and challenge.
- Challenging ourselves and multi-agency partners to ensure actions to improve outcomes for children are completed in a timely way.
- Quality assuring our practices and specifically completing any actions arising from the Local Authority’s 175 safeguarding audit. Governors and school leaders will quality assure all safeguarding practices, including maintaining support and oversight through effective supervision of the Designated Safeguarding Lead and safeguarding team, their decisions, actions and record keeping.
- Implementing any learning arising from local and national serious case reviews and other reviews, for example the need to listen and respond to the views and wishes of children, especially when assessing their needs and providing on-going support.
- Providing children with a curriculum which enables them to learn about risk and how to keep themselves safe and maintain happy and healthy relationships. We will provide a listening culture where children have identified adults who they can discuss their concerns with.
Safeguarding is about ensuring that everyone is safe from harm – safe from bullying, safe from people who could abuse, safe from discrimination or harassment – and that we all feel safe in our environment.
We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. All school staff are trained in Child Protection, and children are made aware of the adults they can talk to if they have any concerns. Staff are trained to look out for signs of physical/emotional harm or neglect and are required to report these to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).
- The procedures which we follow have been laid down by the Liverpool Children's Safeguarding Board and the school has adopted a Child Protection Policy in line with this, for the safety of all. On rare occasions our concern about a child may mean that we have to consult other agencies. We will ensure that all concerns are discussed with parent/carers first, before any referrals are made, unless we believe that such a move may be contrary to a child’s welfare.
- Find out what we are doing in Liverpool to protect the children and improve their well being by visiting the Liverpool Children's Safeguarding Board web site. http://www.liverpoolscb.org/
If you have a concern about the welfare of a child call
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Are you Ace aware?
Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on immediate and lifelong health and opportunity. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are traumatic events that affect children while growing and could include neglect, physical abuse, domestic abuse, adult mental health and substance misuse.
Exposure to ACE’s could lead to risky health behaviours (smoking, alcoholism, drug use), chronic heath conditions (eg: obesity, diabetes, depression, heart disease and cancer), low life potential (poor academic achievements and employability) and early death. A public health video has been released to help all adults understand the impact of ACEs.
Adverse Childhood Experiences
This is an animated description of 'Adverse Childhood Experiences' (English)
The Underwear Rule
Clear description of what PANTS stands for.
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Mrs S. Irwin - Safeguarding Lead & Key Stage 2 Lead
Mrs S. Jones - Head Teacher
Mrs K. Barr - Deputy Head Teacher
Mr P. Daniels - Safeguarding Governor
Should you have any safeguarding concerns regarding any pupils at Phoenix Primary School, please contact Careline on:
0151 233 3700