At Pool Hayes Primary School the safety and wellbeing of all children is of paramount importance. Parents and carers send their children to school each day with the expectation that school provides a safe and secure environment in which their children can flourish.
As such we take our responsibility for safeguarding, including our statutory responsibilities, very seriously. Only if children are safe and happy are they able to fulfil their potential in their learning. We expect all staff and volunteers to share our commitment.
We achieve this objective by:
- Establishing a safe environment in which children can learn and develop.
- Ensuring that all staff receive appropriate training, guidance and support to undertake the effective safeguarding of children.
- Raising awareness of child protection issues and equipping children with the skills needed to keep them safe. Pupils are taught about safeguarding as a part of the national curriculum through Online Safety, PSHE, RHSE and Religious Education.
- Supporting pupils who have been abused in accordance with his/her agreed child protection plan.
- All concerns are passed to the designated safeguarding lead/deputy lead within school.
- We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support children, families and staff at school.
Safeguarding is Everyone's Responsibility
In order to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, our school will fulfil our local and national responsibilities as laid out in the following documents:
Teaching Online Safety in School
Working Together to Safeguard Children (July 2018)
Walsall Safeguarding Children Partnership Procedures
Walsall Safeguarding Adults Partnership Procedures
The Education Act 2002 s157/s175
What to do if you're worried about a child being abused (March 2015)
Information Sharing Guidance for Practitioners and Managers (July 2018)
Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment between children in Schools and Colleges.
Education Inspection Framework
Pool Hayes Primary School has adopted ‘Walsall Safeguarding Children Board’ policy for safeguarding within school. There is a system of referral transparent to all staff, and any employee or voluntary helper must hold an up-to-date DBS. There are weekly Safeguarding meetings held to discuss provision for vulnerable children. This is to ensure:
- Children are protected from maltreatment;
- Children’s health and development is not impaired;
- Children grow up with a safe provision and have effective care to enable them to have optimum life chances.
In safeguarding the pupils in school, the school may involve other agencies and adopts a multi-agency approach to safeguarding.
All staff working within the school have received Level 1 Safeguarding training delivered by a government Child Safeguarding Team. It is the duty of every member of staff to record and report any concerns to the above named staff.
To download a copy of Pool Hayes Primary School’s Safeguarding Policy please click here.
Our additional supporting school policies that support effective safeguarding can be downloaded below:
Downloadable copies of useful safeguarding information:
For additional translations of Keeping Children Safe in Education, please click here
Walsall Early Help
Early Help is the term used by agencies in Walsall to describe how we provide support to children, young people and their families, as soon as problems start to emerge. The aim is for families to get help as early as possible, so things don't get worse. Early Help is a very supportive family approach that aims to focus on the strengths of the family to help them when needed. Please go to the following support page for more information:
With the right support at the right time, things can actually improve. As a family member this might mean that you access Early Help support yourself or that professionals work with you and your family.
Their current parenting support offer from Early Help can be downloaded here.
The Walsall Local Offer
The Local Offer tells you what support is available for children and their families in the borough. It includes information about:
- Advice, information and support services
- Children’s centres
- Employment, training and volunteering
- Leisure and youth services
- Money and welfare advice
- Parent support
- Post 16 information
- Special educational needs and disabilities
- Social Care
Walsall Safeguarding Partnership is made up of three organisations working to protect children and young people across the borough. Their website brings together information for children, young people and their families and the professionals who work with them. Click the link below to visit their website.
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) is a national charity which works to fight child abuse. Click the link below to visit their website.
ARE YOU WORRIED ABOUT A CHILD?
If you are concerned about the welfare of a child you can contact:
Initial Response Team, The Quest, 2nd Floor, 139 – 143 Lichfield Street, Walsall, WS1 1SE.
Telephone: 0300 555 2866 option 2
Opening hours: 8.45am to 5.15pm (Mon to Thurs); 8.45am to 4.45pm (Fri).
Call the Out of Hours Team on 0300 555 2922 (evenings, weekends and bank holidays)
If you believe a child is in immediate danger, call the police on 999.