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Safeguarding

Safeguarding and Welfare of our Pupils

 

Designated Safeguarding Lead: Miss Guest

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads: Miss Smith and Miss Dixon 

Safeguarding Link Governor: Mrs Howells 

 

The staff and governors at Grove Primary School and Nursery ensure that safeguarding is embedded in our curriculum and in the culture of our school. We recognise our responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children.


We work together to safeguard children by:

  • protecting children from maltreatment;
  • preventing impairment of children’s health or development;
  • ensuring that children develop and grow in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;
  • taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes;
  • teaching children how they can keep themselves safe;
  • teaching children how they can keep others safe around them;
  • taking action to ensure that children attend school every day.

 

 

 

Safeguarding and the Grove Curriculum

The safety and wellbeing of children is at the heart of everything we do at Grove Primary School and Nursery. Opportunities are identified in the taught curriculum for children to learn about how to keep themselves and others safe and enable them to contribute positively beyond our school community.

Our bespoke and broad curriculum provides opportunities to experience life in its diversity, to acquire knowledge, understanding and skills to ensure personal development. Personal safeguarding skills are supported by the Behaviour Policy to ensure that our vision ‘Bringing out the best in everyone’ is achieved.

The ‘Jigsaw’ PSHE curriculum covers all areas of Safeguarding. From their earliest starting point, safeguarding strands are revisited and further developed every year. Our knowledge of our children ensures that sensitive strands are taught at an age appropriate level. Where necessary, small group or 1:1 teaching opportunities are provided.

Children are challenged to think carefully about safeguarding matters and to question the world around them, as well as the impact of their individual choices and behaviours. Physical and mental wellbeing is actively promoted.

We follow a ‘4Cs’ curriculum to further develop an awareness of safeguarding matters through 4 core concepts: communication; conflict; culture; conservation. All pupils are taught the skills to explore British Values, personal rights and responsibilities and are made aware of moral concepts that have an impact on us all, whether at a local or global scale.

 

A programme of practical safeguarding activities, often working with specialist external providers, are used to support the curriculum:

  • Road and rail safety
  • Bike-ability
  • Pool and water safety in the PE curriculum
  • Fire awareness and visits to Malvern Fire Station
  • Visits to school from medical staff
  • Work with our Community Support Officers to respond to local issues
  • Work with charities such as NSPCC, Macmillan and The Dogs’ Trust
  • A 2 year programme of high school transition opportunities, with additional support for children with SEND.
  • Plays and shows
  • Termly assemblies for Jigsaw and the 4Cs curriculum to promote whole school awareness
  • Promoting personal risk assessment skills through visits, as well as during play and outdoor learning
  • The safe use of technology

We have developed a nurturing and supportive learning environment in which children feel safe to express their views, seek support and help others. The promotion of equality of opportunity for all helps to prevent any form of direct or indirect discriminatory behaviour.

The Behaviour Policy promotes positive behaviour choices in order to ensure all children can learn and feel safe. Class circle times are for sharing ideas, recognising and celebrating success. However, they are also a time for reflection and to respond to safeguarding matters if they arise.

Assemblies are carefully planned to promote our school values:

Ready, respectful, safe 

Within these values, safeguarding matters are promoted. For example, we promote our child-friendly ‘Anti-Bullying’ policy and use reflection time to reflect on the theme of each assembly.

Staff and children act quickly to challenge stereotypes and the use of derogatory language is not accepted in school and beyond. It is a core aim to provide our children with experiences beyond their local community and promote a cultural awareness of life outside of Malvern.

Early Help Offer

IN order to 'Bring out the best in everyone' and to support our Safeguarding practice, we work closely with Worcestershire Children First. Early Help Family Support is available for a wide range of reasons. If you have a concern, please make an appoinment with any member of the Safeguarding team. Class teachers are also on hand to help. Where appropriate, our team will make a referral to get the help that is needed to improve outcomes. Please use the link below to find out more about the Worcestershire Early Help offer.

 

 

Worcestershire Early Help Family Support

Worcestershire Virtual Family Hub

 

Starting Well Partnership

Here2Help Coronavirus 

 

What is Here2Help?

Here2Help is a community action scheme, originally dedicated to helping those who needed support during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are now evolving the service so it offers advice, support and help to a wide range of services across Worcestershire.

As lockdown begins to ease, Here2Help will still help to support people who need to self-isolate and offer support to those who are unable to seek help from family, friends or neighbours.

Here2Help has been such a success, we have expanded the range of resources available. Here2Help will provide support for people of all ages and is available for both residents and organisations to access information, advice, tools, guidance and local support available to them or others in the local community based on their needs.

 

https://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/here2help 

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E-Safety for Parents

 

 

On-line Bullying

Cyberbullying and online harassment can be extremely distressing. They can be even classed as criminal offences in some cases. There are lots of places that offer information and help to children and parents.

Here are some of the key websites that you can share with your child at home:

Kidscape: www.kidscape.org.uk

CBBC website: www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc

ChildLine: www.childline.org.uk

BeatBullying: www.beatbullying.org

 

What is cyber bullying and online harassment?

Making comments or posts that are deliberately abusive, offensive, threatening or inflammatory. Liking and sharing this kind of abuse can also count as bullying and harassment.

There's a very detailed definition of cyberbullying at:

www.bullying.co.uk/cyberbullying/what-is-cyberbullying/ 

 

How you can stay safer

  • Think before you post;
  • Keep personal information personal;
  • Make the most of your privacy settings;
  • Report cyberbullying to internet service providers.
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