Safeguarding at Brayton
Updated October 2021
School Staff and Governor Information
Latest Safeguarding Information
STARMAT Safeguarding Training Powerpoint
This is a really useful Powerpoint containing all the relevant links needed.
Who are the Designated Safeguarding Leaders (DSLs)?
What is their role?
The role of the Designated Safeguarding Leader was specified in the Children's Act 2004 and ensured that every organisation had a 'named person' for safeguarding children and young people. Prior to that, the role had frequently been known as the Child Protection Officer.
The Designated Safeguarding Leader has a responsibility at both a strategic level within the organisation and on a day-to-day basis.
Key Aspects of the Designated Leader role includes:
- Making sure all staff are aware of how to raise safeguarding concerns.
- Ensuring all staff understand the symptoms of child abuse and neglect.
- Referring any concerns to social care.
- Monitoring children who are the subject of child protection plans.
- Maintaining accurate and secure child protection records.
What to do if you have a Safeguarding concern
'Doing nothing is NOT an option.'
If you have any concerns about any adult or child in the school community, you must
1) raise your concerns with the Designated Safeguarding Leads - either by phone or face to face.
2) Login to CPOMS and make an Incident Report.
If the safeguarding concerns involves either Rachel or Vicky, contact Pat Jarvis, the Safeguarding Governor.
It CAN happen here. Please click on the link below to read about what can happen when there is institutional neglect:
The Somerset Serious Case review
Teachers should avoid any behaviour which can be remotely misconstrued as grooming behaviour:
Grooming is when a person engages in predatory conduct to prepare a child or young person for sexual activity at a later time.
Grooming can include communicating and/or attempting to befriend or establish a relationship or other emotional connection with the child or their parent/carer.
Young people are often 'groomed' before they are sexually abused. At first they may be tricked into thinking they are in a safe and normal relationship so they may not know it’s happening or may feel they have no choice but to be abused.
It may be hard to identify when someone is being groomed until after they have been sexually abused, because grooming behaviour can sometimes look like ‘normal’ caring behaviour, however this is not always the case.
Examples of grooming behaviour may include:
- giving gifts or special attention to a child or young person, or their parent or carer, making the child or young person feel special and/or indebted to an adult
- making close physical contact sexual, such as inappropriate tickling and wrestling/play fighting
- openly or pretending to accidentally expose the victim to nudity, sexual material and sexual acts (this in itself is classified as child sexual abuse but can also be a precursor to physical sexual assault)
- controlling a child or young person through threats, force or use of authority making the child or young person fearful to report unwanted behaviour.
Groomers may rely on mobile phones, social media and the internet to interact with children in inappropriate ways and will often ask the child to keep their relationship a secret. The grooming process may continue for months before the offender arranges a physical meeting.
More information can be found here:
What happens when you raise a concern.
- Class teacher and DSL monitor the child within an agreed timescale.
- DSL discuss the concern with the parents / carers and then either monitor the child or move to step number three below.
- DSL make a referral to Social Care.
Those members of staff who need to know further details will be informed and receive CPOMS alerts.
All documentation relevant to the case will be saved only on CPOMS. Paper copies will not be held.
Important Safeguarding Links
Keeping Children Safe In Education Document
Please ensure that you have read this documentation
- Keeping Children Safe In Education
- Keeping Children Safe In Education Annex A (within the above document)
- Keeping Children Safe in Education Part 1
- working Together to Safeguard Children
These are the most important documents to read and refer to if needed. Everyone who works or volunteers in our school MUST read them to keep our children safe. The latest versions of these documents can be downloaded below.
An updated version of KCSIE comes into force in September 2021
Staff and Governors working in school
Please click on the links below to read official documentation relating to the conduct of staff and Governors in school.
North Yorkshire information on safer working practice
Supporting children who have experienced trauma
The Prevent Duty
- Always speak to the admin team if you have any questions relating to a child in your class.
- Always pass on messages to the admin team relating to attendance.
- Follow up and report any children who are persistently absent from school through verbal communication withe the DSLs.
Click on the image to read the Dfe guidance on Children Missing Education
Talking about Safeguarding with children
It's important that we take the time to talk about Safeguarding with our children and reflect on what they say. Here are some questions to get you started:
- Do you feel safe in school?
- Who would you go to if you didn't feel safe? What would they do?
- What does our school do to keep you safe?
- What could school do to improve how we keep you safe?
Rape culture exists when thoughts, behaviours, & attitudes in a society or environment have the effect of normalising and trivialising sexual violence. When behaviours like ‘upskirting’ or the non-consensual sharing of intimate photos are normalised this acts as a gateway to criminal acts such as sexual assault and rape. Behaviours such as misogyny, slut shaming, victim blaming, and sexual harassment create an environment where sexual violence and abuse can exist and thrive. All behaviours, attitudes, thoughts and experiences in this culture are interconnected.
In June 2020, Soma Sara the founder of this movement began sharing her personal experience rape culture via Instagram. Immediately, she received a number of messages from not only those who felt that her experiences strongly resonated with their own, but also those who detailed their own stories of misogyny, harassment, abuse and assault. Within a week she received and shared over 300 anonymous responses, reaching over 10,000 people. These stories provide a vital education on the complex and pervasive reality of rape culture. We urge you to read through every story.
This movement was created in response to these stories that reveal the urgent need to tackle these deeply entrenched patterns of abuse that exist all around us.
Child exploitation - County Lines
County Lines is where illegal drugs are transported from one area to another, often across police and local authority boundaries (although not exclusively), usually by children or vulnerable people who are coerced into it by gangs. The ‘County Line’ is the mobile phone line used to take the orders of drugs. Importing areas (areas where the drugs are taken to) are reporting increased levels of violence and weapons-related crimes as a result of this trend. Please click on the link below for more information.
Keeping children safe online
The websites below are shared with our community through fliers, social media and the school website.