Bassett Green Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff, governors and volunteers to share this commitment.
We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy which can be viewed in the policies section of our website. We listen to our children and take what they tell us seriously.
All school staff are trained in child protection following the updated Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020 statutory guidance 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 or sexual abuse and neglect and are required to report these to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL). Alongside this, staff are also aware that mental health problems can in some cases be an indicator that a child has suffered or is at risk of suffering abuse or that they have experienced trauma. These concerns will also be reported to the DSLs so that appropriate signposting can take place to relevant agencies. Our staff also recognise that some children are vulnerable to the risk of child criminal exploitation and child sexual exploitation and that this can happen in person or on line. These issues will reported to the DSL in order to protect the child from further risk of harm.
Sometimes we may need 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 we have reason to believe that this would be contrary to the child's welfare.
We actively support the government's Prevent Duty guidance to prevent radicalism and extremism. All staff have completed training which provides a foundation on which to develop further knowledge around the risks of radicalisation and the roles involved in supporting those at risk.
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead's (DSL) are:
- Charlotte Stillwell – Headteacher
- Lucie Whitren – Deputy Headteacher
- Nicola Long – Deputy Headteacher
- Linda Carpenter – Lead Practitioner for Vulnerable Children
Our School Governor with a safeguarding responsibility is Peter Dockree.
If you would like to report a safeguarding concern, please contact Linda Carpenter by email firstname.lastname@example.org