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Child Protection and Safeguarding

Children’s safety, education and wellbeing is the foremost priority of our school’s culture, curriculum and systems.

We uphold and promote our school values and the values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and celebration of our diverse communities.

Please find below some important information about how we work to protect all children from harm and work with families facing difficulties to support them in finding ways through.

A strong culture of safeguarding is at the heart of daily life in the school. Pupils feel safe and well cared for. The overwhelming majority of parents agree. In their discussions with inspectors, some of them readily shared their stories of how leaders have helped them and their children through difficult times.”

Ofsted Report, 2018

 

To contact a Designated Safeguarding Lead, please call: 01223 792440.

Alternatively, please email: enquiries@universityprimaryschool.org.uk

Designated Safeguarding Leads

Ms Alison Machin

Designated Safeguarding Lead | Behavioural and Pastoral Lead

Mrs Katie Glenister-Soós

Designated Safeguarding Lead | Assessment & Data Lead | Attendance & Online Safety Lead

Ms Aimee Durning MBE

Designated Safeguarding Lead | Inclusion Lead

Mrs Catherine Badesha

Senior Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mr Marcin Mieczkowski

Safeguarding Governor

Education Inclusion Family Advisor

Naomi Shepherd

Education Inclusion Family Advisor

Our Education Inclusion Family Advisor is available to support families who are facing difficulties in a confidential environment. As a family at our school, you are able to contact the Family Advisor directly Naomi.Shepherd@cambridgeshire.gov.uk | Tel: 07435753394 or please email enquiries@universityprimaryschool.org.uk if you would like us to put you in touch. Cambridgeshire Child and Family Centres run regular parenting courses which can be accessed at centres across Cambridge with some held online.

Safeguarding in the Curriculum

Through developing trusting relationships with adults and other children within a supportive ethos, children are helped to speak out about their worries. Through the curriculum drivers of PSHCE and Digital Literacy, children develop understanding of what it means to be safe in their physical, social, emotional and digital lives. We teach children oracy and dialogue skills including an explicit focus on vocabulary to support children to articulate their feelings, needs and experiences.

Safeguarding Practices

Safeguarding is an intrinsic part of all our school activities. See the following document for an overview of the systems, processes and policies at our school.

Safeguarding Overview

Examples include:

  • Safeguarding Policies
  • Safer Recruitment for employees
  • Safer Recruitment for volunteers
  • Designated Safeguarding Lead training for DSLs
  • PREVENT Risk Assessment
  • Weekly Designated Safeguarding Lead Meetings
  • Half-termly Safeguarding Governor Reviews
  • Local Authority Safeguarding Reviews
  • Attendance monitoring
  • Behaviour and Pastoral Support
  • Weekly staff memos
  • Fortnightly parent newsletters
  • Standing meeting agenda point
  • LABS reviews (Learning, Attendance, Behaviour, Safeguarding)
  • Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Emotional Literacy Curriculum
  • Relationships and Sex Education Curriculum
  • Digital Literacy and E-Safety Curriculum
  • Safeguarding Curriculum Assemblies
  • Curriculum enrichment projects
  • Children conferences
  • Reporting of Prejudice Related Incidents
  • Annual Safeguarding and ongoing training for staff
  • Risk Assessment and Safety Planning for vulnerable children
  • Senior Mental Health Leads
  • Children’s voice ‘worry box’ class system
  • Family Coffee Mornings with Education Inclusion Family Advisor

Keeping Children Safe

Under section 175 of the Education Act 2002 (as amended), *the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014, the Non-Maintained Special Schools (England) Regulations 2015, and the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 (as amended) to have arrangements in place to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

The school will therefore be alert to signs of abuse and neglect and will follow the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Children Partnership Board’s procedures to ensure that children receive appropriate and effective support and protection.

Parents/carers should know that the law requires all school staff to pass on information which gives rise to a concern about a child’s welfare, including risk from neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse. Parents/carers should know that records of safeguarding concerns may be kept about their child.  They should be informed that school staff will seek, in general, to discuss any concerns with them including referrals to other agencies.

Local procedures state that “Consent should always be sought from an adult with parental responsibility for the child/young person before passing information about them to Children’s Social Care, unless seeking consent would place the child at risk of significant harm or may lead to the loss of evidence for example destroying evidence of a crime or influencing a child about a disclosure made.”  This includes allowing them to share information without consent, if it is not possible to gain consent, if it cannot be reasonably expected that a professional gains consent, or if to gain consent would place a child at risk.

Where there is a need to share special category personal data, the Data Protection Act 2018 contains ‘safeguarding of children and individuals at risk’ as a processing condition that allows professionals to share information.

In accordance with legislation and local Information Sharing protocols, we will ensure that information is shared securely and sensitively.  Information will only be shared with other services where it is deemed necessary and proportionate to ensure that children and young people are safe and receive the right service. In all circumstances, the safety of the child will be the paramount concern.

Schools will contact Children’s Social Care when they have reasonable cause to suspect a child may be suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. Occasionally, concerns are passed on which are later shown to be unfounded.  Parents/carers will appreciate that the member of staff in the school with responsibility for child protection (known as the Designated Safeguarding Lead or Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead) was carrying out their responsibilities in accordance with the law and acting in the best interests of all children.

Under Section 3 (5) of the Children Act 1989, any person who has care of a child “may….do what is reasonable in all the circumstances of the case for the purpose of safeguarding promoting the child’s welfare”.  This means that on rare occasions, a school may need to “hold” a child in school whilst Social Care and the Police investigate any concerns further.


PREVENT

Prevent is about safeguarding our community from the threat of terrorism, extremist ideologies and radicalisation.

The Government identify three objectives of the PREVENT strategy:

  • respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it
  • prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support
  • work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation that we need to address.

As a school, our team are trained to:

  • understand the importance of their duty as frontline educators
  • understand the potential risks and indicators of radicalisation and extreme ideologies in children
  • respond to and refer any concerns

The organisation Educate Against Hate have created an information booklet for parents about protecting children from extremism and radicalisation.

Our online safety page includes further links to information about helping children stay safe in their digital lives.

Our school’s PREVENT risk assessment details measures and actions we have in place to ensure our curriculum, systems and processes proactively promote our safeguarding duty and commitment to British Values and our Diversity Strategy.


Signposting Local Services

Please see below for details of local services accessible to families in the Cambridgeshire area. Contact a Designated Safeguarding Lead in person or through enquiries@universityprimaryschool.org.uk if you would like support accessing a service.

Early Help

Sometimes families need a bit of extra support. You might be worried about your child’s behaviour or development. Or you and your family might experience some changes or difficulties that you can’t manage by yourself. Whatever you are worried about, Early Help can support you and your family so that small problems do not become big problems.

Early Help gives children and families the support they need, at the right time. We listen to your needs and bring together professionals who work with your whole family. This helps make things better for everyone.
The professionals who know you will assess the needs of your family using an Early Help Assessment. This will help you to get you support as quickly as possible.
It is a voluntary process. You choose whether to be involved and can withdraw from the process at any time. Sometimes, children and young people can make their own decisions about whether they need an Early Help Assessment, and who they want to support them.
Getting help
If you think you and your family might benefit from some support, you should ask a professional who you know. This could be your doctor, or a teacher at your child’s school. They can tell you more about Early Help.

You can also contact the Early Help Hub: early.helphub@cambridgeshire.gov.uk or call: 01480 376 666 (office hours). If you don’t know who to ask for help.

Sometimes a professional may approach you, and ask whether you would like to talk about Early Help and how it could help your family.

Further information is available at:

https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/children-and-families/parenting-and-family-support/accessing-support-for-your-family

Family Action- Building stronger families

Family Action is a national organisation that works to support families to transform their lives in times of crisis. They offer practical, emotional, and financial support to those families experiencing poverty, disadvantage and social isolation. Their work is far reaching as they work in communities and offer families support through education and welfare grant programmes

 Family Action, Building stronger families (family-action.org.uk)

Domestic Abuse Support Service (DASS) provided by IMPAKT

DASS is mobile advocacy/outreach service available for survivors across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough as of 1st October 2022.  DASS delivers confidential professional services including the development of tailored safety plans.  The service will support survivors by making referrals to specialist services such as legal representation, mental health and substance misuse.

DASS accept self-referrals and enquiries from professionals and support victims of any gender or sexuality. Email: DASSreferrals@impakt.org.uk or telephone 01234 264109.

Women’s Aid

Cambridge Women’s Aid – Supporting women affected by domestic abuse (cambridgewa.org.uk)

Both services offer support to women and children affected by domestic abuse. They offer support and advice in addition to help with locating a safe place to be such as a refuge and relocation and settlement. They also offer ‘victims’ access to the Freedom programme

Embrace

Embrace offer emotional support and counselling support for children who are the victims of crime.

  • Embrace, provide face-to-face emotional support and counselling within schools to children who’ve witnessed or have been victims of crime including domestic abuse.
  • They can provide specialist cognitive behavioural therapy counselling for those children who are assessed as needing it.
  • Embrace also provide emotional support to give young people a listening ear and to help them overcome their trauma and move on from their experiences.
  • Emotional support is available by telephone and on-line to enable young people to access it no matter where they live in the UK.

Counselling – Embrace – CVOC (embracecvoc.org.uk)

Referrals to Mental Health Services

YOUnited provides emotional wellbeing and mental health help for children and young people aged 0 to 25 registered with a GP in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

YOUnited is a partnership provided by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridgeshire Community Service NHS Trust, Centre 33, and Ormiston Families.

 YOUnited help – 0 to 17
The YOUnited integrated hub accepts referrals from all professionals working with children and young people up to the age of 17 with emotional wellbeing and mild, moderate or severe mental health needs.

YOUnited will also accept referrals for children and young people up to the age of 18 with a suspected eating disorder or with a neurodevelopmental diagnosis.

Please contact a Designated Safeguarding Lead at the school if you believe your child could benefit from a referral.

Drug and Alcohol Services

Cambridge and Peterborough offer services who both predominantly work with young people under the age of 18 who are currently or have used alcohol or drugs, including the misuse of prescription and over the counter medication. Like all professionals these services recognise that early intervention is the key.

Cambridge Cambridgeshire Child and Adolescent Substance Use Service (CASUS). These services can be accessed by children and young people, professionals, and parents.

Telephone:01480 445316 (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm)

Support with the Cost of Living

The following Local Authority website gives information on accessing grants and debt advice, support getting all the money you’re entitled to, or simply want to know more about the government’s recent support measures.

https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/council/communities-localism/support-with-the-cost-of-living