Safeguarding and Welfare
Our Safeguarding & Child Protection Officers are:
Georgina Sykes (Head Teacher, Designated Child Protection & Safeguarding Officer)
Anna Crowther-Riley (Deputy Head Teacher, Designated Child Protection & Safeguarding Officer)
Glenda Jennings (Designated Child Protection & Safeguarding Officer)
Lauren Oldroyd (Designated Child Protection & Safeguarding Lead)
Gillian Evans (Designated Child Protection & Safeguarding Lead)
Louise Tasker (Designated Child Protection & Safeguarding Officer)
Mandy Hart (Designated Child Protection & Safeguarding Officer)
Wendy Devaney (Designated Child Protection & Safeguarding Officer)
At Wykebeck Primary we are committed to providing a happy secure environment in which children thrive and develop intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically, thus making a positive contribution to their community.
the action we take to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm - is everyone's responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play.
— Working together to safeguard children (Department for Education 2015)
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The safeguarding of pupils is of high priority to us and alongside ensuring that the safeguarding of all pupils is everyone’s responsibility at Wykebeck Primary, we also have a team of staff who are responsible for keeping children safe and further supporting those most vulnerable to harm and neglect. This team is known as the Pastoral Team and consists of Miss Hussain, Mrs Hart, Mrs Simpson, Mr Cockerham and Mr Bowers.
Safeguarding at Wykebeck Primary can be summarised as:
protecting children and learners from maltreatment
preventing impairment of children’s and learners’ health or development
ensuring that children and learners are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
undertaking that role so as to enable those children and learners to have optimum life chances and to enter adulthood successfully.
Safeguarding is an essential part of the fabric of our school and our safeguarding team pays particular attention to the meticulous and systematic implementation of policies and routines. Furthermore, safeguarding involves every member of the school community in some way and we have a sharp eye on the particular circumstances and needs of all pupils, especially the most vulnerable.
Leadership and management make safeguarding a priority across all aspects of school and have implemented the following practices:
- Stringent vetting procedures in place for staff and other adults: See our Safer Recruitment Policy and Practice and Whistle Blowing Policy for further details. We also hold a Single Central Record listing of every adult who comes into contact with children in our school and the safety checks that have taken place to ensure everyone is safe to work with children. This is checked by the responsible Governor.
- Rigorous safeguarding policies and procedures in place for Attendance, Behaviour and Anti-bullying, Child Protection, Safeguarding Health and Safety, Online safety and Acceptable User.
- Child protection arrangements are accessible to everyone, so that pupils and families, as well as adults in the school, know who they can talk to if they are worried. See our child protection leaflet for parents and visitors for further information.
- Rigorous monitoring of absence, with timely and appropriate follow-up, to ensure that pupils attend regularly. We view good attendance as imperative to achievement for all and as a result work closely with our parents to ensure children are in school regularly. See our Attendance Leaflet for parents and visitors to explain our systems which ensure good attendance.
- Mutual respect, enabling everyone to feel secure and well-protected.
- A curriculum that is flexible, relevant and engages pupils’ interest; that is used to promote safeguarding, by teaching pupils how to stay safe, how to protect themselves from harm and how to take responsibility for their own and others’ safety; working relationships are enhanced with Fire services, Police and Early Help organisations to extend and improve safeguarding outside of school and into our local community.
- A high priority given to staff training in safeguarding and weekly staff briefings which have a standard agenda item for Safeguarding.
- Robust arrangements for site security understood and applied by staff and pupils and implemented and monitored by an experienced Site Superintendent, who ensures health and safety is at the heart of everything he does and is to a high standard. Excellent communication systems established with up-to-date information that can be accessed and shared by those who need it including a safe and secure record keeping system.