"Signs around the school say that safeguarding is a priority, and no one in school is in any doubt that this is the case. School staff fully understand their responsibilities to keep pupils safe."OFSTED November 2018
Schools are charged with maintaining a safe, supportive environment which protects the rights and needs of children at all times. School staff have regular contact with children and young people, and a responsibility to help identify signs of children in need of additional support or protection accordingly.
Together, these responsibilities are called safeguarding.
At Newchurch Primary School, keeping children safe is at the heart of everything that we do. We recognise our safeguarding responsibilities to include:
- Creating a safe environment for children and young people through robust safeguarding practices
- Ensuring that adults who work in school, including volunteers, are able to work with children safely, and are properly trained and equipped to do so
- Teaching children and young people to stay safe
- Maintaining an environment in which children feel confident to talk to a trusted adult if they have a worry or problem
Newchurch Primary School follows the procedures set out by the Isle of Wight Safeguarding Children Partnership. The school works in close partnership woth external agencies to ensure all aspects of Keeping Children Safe in Education are complied with at all times.
If you are worried or concerned about a child please contact any of the named safeguarding leads via the school office, please share that your concern is of a safeguarding nature.
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Miss Kirsty Howarth, Executive Headteacher
Deputy Safeguarding Leads
Mrs Louise Parkin, Acting Head of School
Mrs Emma Kelly, Senior Teacher
Mrs Caroline Martin, Executive SEN Support/ FLO
Mrs Bex Edmonds, Safeguarding Governor
Sources of Support
The NSPCC offer extensive support and tips on keeping children safe both in the real and online world.
ThinkUKnow is an organisation to help keep children safe both online and offline.
- Children and young people can access free confidential support anytime from voluntary and community sector organisations by texting SHOUT to 85258 calling Childline on 0800 1111 or the Mix on 0808 808 4994. Children and young people can also find online information on COVID-19 and mental health on the Young Minds website. For support with an eating disorder, children and young people can ring Beat’s Youthline on 0808 801 0711.
- Local mental health crisis support lines (for all ages) can be found via a simple age and postcode search here.
- Every mind matters includes an online tool and email journey to support everyone to feel more confident in taking action to look after their mental health and wellbeing.
- NSPCC Helpline for all those who have experienced sexual harassment or abuse in education - 0800 136 663
For our Safeguarding, Child Protection and Acceptable Use Policies please see our policy section.