Thurston CofE Primary Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent, effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at school.
All members of staff, governors and volunteers hold a current DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) certificate and are regularly trained in safeguarding and Child Protection matters.
All new members of staff undertake rigorous pre employment checks and our recruitment follows the Safer Recruitment guidelines to ensure all of our adults are safe to work with children.
Under the Education Act 2002 (section 175/157), schools must “make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children”. We will endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued. The school will therefore be alert to signs of abuse and neglect and will follow the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) procedures to ensure that children receive appropriate and effective support and protection.
Parents / carers should know that the law requires all school staff to pass on information which gives rise to a concern about a child’s welfare, including risk from neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse. The staff will seek, in general, to discuss any concerns with the parent/carer, and where possible inform them of the referral to Social Care. This will only be done where such discussion will not place the child at increased risk of significant harm.
In accordance with local Information Sharing protocols, we will ensure that information is shared securely and sensitively. Information will only be shared with other services where it is deemed necessary and proportionate to ensure that children and young people are safe and receive the right service.
Schools will seek advice from Social Care when they have reasonable cause to suspect a child may be suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. Occasionally, concerns are passed on which are later shown to be unfounded. Parents/carers will appreciate that the member of staff in the school with responsibility for child protection (known as the Designated Safeguarding Lead) was carrying out their responsibilities in accordance with the law and acting in the best interests of all children.
We take safeguarding of children and staff very seriously. Over the forthcoming weeks, we will be adding more information to this page so that you can see the training and policies in place to support the safety of children and staff.
If you have any concerns regarding the safety of a child, please contact the aforementioned staff or the Local Authority at:https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/children-families-and-learning/keeping-children-safe/reporting-a-child-at-risk-of-harm-abuse-or-neglect-safeguarding/
'Difficult conversations' advice can be found at the NSPCC.
Safeguarding of Children
The Governing Body:
is committed, through its Safeguarding Policy, to ensuring that the school meets all statutory regulations in this area and follows relevant local procedures.
recruits staff and volunteers in line with safer recruitment processes.
ensures that the necessary procedures are followed for dealing with any allegations of abuse against staff and volunteers
monitors the appointment of a designated senior member of staff for dealing with issues concerning the safeguarding of children.
accesses appropriate safeguarding children training as required.
meets the Prevent Duty in our school as described in the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. See our Safeguarding Policy.
The Designated Lead Professional for Safeguarding and for Prevent is Mrs. Kathy Lambert (Headteacher)
The Alternate Designated Professionals are Mr John Bayes (Joint Headteacher) and Mr Anthony Rushbrook (Year 5 Teacher).
Mrs. Christine Woodard is the Governor with responsibility for safeguarding and Prevent.
The lead for online safety is Mr Bayes.