At Pocklington Community Junior School we take our Safeguarding responsibilities extremely seriously.
Despite Pocklington being perceived as a quiet, rural market town, the schools within our academy have become aware that over the last few years, we have seen an increase in local crime and anti – social behaviour. This includes:
- Incidents of domestic violence, many relayed through Humberside Operation Encompass
- Evidence of potential County Lines activity, predominantly involving pupils of secondary age
- Drugs including both selling and use, mainly soft drugs but concerns that harder drugs such as heroin are being brought into the area. This again has been identified as a possible concern at secondary level
- Depravation which has an impact on anti – social behaviour such as local damage to property and vandalism
- Mental health issues appearing at younger ages sometimes resulting in self-harm, anxiety, depression and attempted suicide
- Excessive gaming leading to poor concentration in school and evidence of cyber bullying
In order to take a pro –active and collaborative approach, DSLs from the schools within the Wolds Learning Partnership meet half termly to discuss any current issues, share information relevant to current shared cases and review our procedures. By doing this, it ensures an efficient and child- centred transition between the Academy schools for pupils who have child protection needs.
What does ‘safeguarding’ mean?
‘Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
- protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
- preventing harm to children’s health or development
- ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
- taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes.
Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. This includes child protection procedures which detail how to respond to concerns about a child.
Safeguarding children and child protection guidance and legislation applies to all children up to the age of 18’ (source: NSPCC)
E-Safety: We also encourage parents to be e-Safety aware and promote ways in which parents can help keep children safe on-line. Please visit our E-Safety page here, where you will find a number of websites and fact sheets to help you.
If you have a concern about any of the children in our care, we urge you to contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) – Miss Kirsty Whitworth, Assistant Headteacher, no matter how minor you think your concern may be.
- Please be assured that any concerns or information given will be treated in the strictest confidence.
- We will investigate as necessary with any relevant parties, be this external agencies, staff, parents or other.
We ensure that everyone working in our school has successfully completed the necessary Disclosure and Barring (DBS) clearances, to enable them to work with children. We also have staff members who are specifically trained and nominated with specific safeguarding responsibility in school.
These staff are:
- Designated Safeguarding Lead – Miss Kirsty Whitworth, Assistant Headteacher
- The Business Manager, Mrs Cath Narey and a number of school Governors have also completed the DCSF accredited safer recruitment training.
The staff ‘Whistleblowing Policy’ has been discussed and adopted and all staff have access to this document.
- Staff are expected to share any concerns they have about staff conduct around children with the named DSL.
- Any concerns about the conduct of the Headteacher should be shared with the Chair of Governors.
- We also follow the East Riding Safeguarding Children’s Board local guidance and have systems in place to share concerns regarding children’s welfare with our DSLs, with parents and with relevant external agencies.
Part of our legal duty to safeguard our children, may also include:
- Needing to consult specifically with and take advice from, the Police or Children’s Social Care.
By working closely together as a staff and with our partner agencies, we firmly believe that we will continue to offer a safe learning environment for all our children.
At Pocklington Community Junior School, we actively work to provide all our children with regular and ongoing opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills to help them make safe and informed choices about their actions.
Our PSHCE curriculum is designed to teach our children a wide range of important life skills, including personal safety, decision making, empowerment and respect for the world and people in which they live. (please see the Curriculum section of the website for further details)
In addition to this, we also believe in providing practical skills development to maximise the safety of our pupils. For this reason, we provide free swimming and cycling training to all our Year 4 and 5 pupils, respectively.
We also work closely with organisations in our community to further develop awareness of personal health and safety ; recent visitors include the NSPCC, the Change4Life team, Buswise and The Canals and Rivers trust.
We always welcome any further suggestions from parents of areas linked to health and safety, that you would like us to raise the profile of in school with your children.
We have included some useful links to child protection websites below and have listed some of our own policies. Please take the time to read our policies and do not hesitate to contact the school should you have any questions.