"The arrangements for safeguarding are effective. A safeguarding team ensures that procedures and routines are firmly embedded to support the needs of pupils and their families." (Ofsted 2021)
At Christ the King Catholic Primary School, we acknowledge our duty of care to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our children. We are committed to ensuring our safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice requirements.We believe that it is everyone’s responsibility to safeguard children and provide a safe environment in which children can learn.
Designated Safeguarding Team
The Designated Safeguarding team are:
Mrs AM Waide – Headteacher
Mr N Carter - Assistant Headteacher
Mrs L Aslanbeigi-Family Support Worker
Miss E Riggs-SENCO
Mrs G Smith- EYFS Lead
Mrs E Hunter - Safeguarding governor
Our responsibility as a school, is to ensure that all of our children are safe both at home and at school. At Christ the King Catholic Primary School, we have a culture where we ensure safeguarding everyone's responsibility.
Safeguarding can be defined as:
‘The process of protecting children from abuse or neglect, preventing impairment of their health and development, and ensuring they are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care that enables children to have optimum life chances and enter adulthood successfully’.
To achieve our commitment, we will ensure the continuous development and improvement of our robust safeguarding processes and procedures, promote a culture of safeguarding among our staff. We also work closely with the local Bramley Cluster and other outside agencies to support our families.
We are committed to inspiring, challenging and safeguarding our pupils, enabling them to become:
- Successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve their potential.
- Confident, well-rounded individuals who are able to live safe, healthy, happy and fulfilling lives.
- Responsible citizens who will make a positive contribution, both socially and economically, to society.
This is best achieved when we all work together to support the development of the whole child. We pride ourselves on knowing not just about our children’s learning, but about them and their families; as individuals and valued members of our school and community.
Implementation and Our Preventative Curriculum
We educate our children about safeguarding through our curriculum, via bespoke assemblies, through our class 'worry box' and by having good relationships.
We teach about respect for oneself and others in a wide variety of contexts.We also promote awareness through a wide variety of other education to ensure safe and positive lifestyles which lead to making good choices, these include: online safety - including social media, water, rail, road and fire safety, drugs education and first aid. In our PSHE lessons, we follow the 'You, Me, PSHE' curriculum which encompasses many safeguarding topics. Our RSHE programme promotes Catholic values and virtues in accordance with Church teaching and ensures that our pupils are offered a range of viewpoints on issues. We use ‘Ten, Ten’ resources from EYFS to Year 6. We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection Policy which can be viewed in the Policies section of our website. Although much of the teaching around safeguarding is through discrete lessons, our school ethos, curriculum and policies ensure that we integrate safeguarding into everything we do.
An important part of our statutory responsibility to ensuring that we are keeping our children safe involves educating our pupils about keeping themselves safe online. As part of our computing curriculum and safeguarding procedures we teach E-safety throughout school and our teaching ensures that we not only meet the expectations of the curriculum in this respect but that we actively respond to issues that arise due to rapidly developing technology. We follow advice from the Leeds Safeguarding Team and use a range of websites to support our teaching and learning around e-safety.
All adults who work in our school have a responsibility to read and understand the key safeguarding policies and to act within accordance of the policy at all times. This expectation is explained in the Staff Handbook , Staff Code of Conduct and in the visitors' ‘Welcome’ leaflet. (Available at the school office)
All adults in school are expected to read the DfE booklet: 'Keeping Children Safe in Education' and 'Annexe A'. This was revised in September 2022. They also read the 'Safer Working Practice Guidance'; the school Child Protection Policy; the School's Whistleblowing Policy; the Behaviour Policy and the school’s Attendance Policy, which includes information about Children Missing in Education.We also make it very clear who the Designated Child Protection Staff are and what their responsibilities are. Staff are required to sign to say they have read and understood these documents on an annual basis. Our staff are kept up to date on a regular basis through notices, quizzes and one-minute guides.
Staff undertake Child Protection Training every three years. Staff took part in Safer Working Practice training in January 2022 and April 2023. The Designated staff undertake additional training courses to ensure that they keep their training up to date.Governors are asked to read the same documents and sign to say they have read them. They must also read Annexe C about Online Safety and the section regarding Safer Recruitment. Several of our members of our Academy Council are also 'Safer Recruitment' alongside the Senior Leadership Team trained to support a safer recruitment process.
If you have any worries or concerns about any of our children or our families, including your own family - we are here to help and support in a non-judgmental manner. Please don't wait, contact a member of staff confidentially as soon as possible, the door is always open. Remember, safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.
Contact the school on: 0113 2579230
Links and resources
Below is a link with information from the Prevent Team. The information provided on the site will provide people with knowledge of Prevent in Leeds. There are also links to very useful documents as well as information on the Channel programme that we hope people find useful.
Leeds Safeguarding Children’s Partnership https://www.leedsscp.org.uk/Home
Poster Campaign in Respect of Physical Chastisement
Please use this link to the most up to date guidance on how to keep our children safe online. LSCP: Leeds safeguarding Children Partnership
The Leeds Safeguarding Team have provided information about a range of websites to support us in our approach to keeping our children safe online:
The link below is a guide to internet safety and safe surfing for young people from Think U Know. Learn about online safety when using blogs, chatting, online gaming, P2P and other forms of media
Children are told it’s good to share, but sharing too much online can be dangerous; we’ve got simple advice on keeping children safe on social networks. Follow the link below for more information.
The link below will take you to Childnet International, a non-profit organisation working with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children.
From Facebook and Instagram to Snapchat and Tumblr a simple no-nonsense guide for parents from NSPCC and O2 to the social media, apps and games that kids use. Please follow the link below.