The document ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ (2018) defines Safeguarding as:
- protecting children from maltreatment;
- preventing impairment of children's health or development;
- ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
- taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
In schools this refers to areas including:
- Child protection procedures
- Recruitment of staff and volunteers
- Health and safety
At Roberttown we pride ourselves on working closely with parents and carers for the benefit of our pupils and to keep them safe. If you have any concerns about the safety or well-being of a child please contact Mrs Laycock-Smith, the Head Teacher, or Mrs Wood, Deputy Head Teacher, who are both trained Designated Safeguarding Leads.
We review our policies and procedures regularly and value the contribution that pupils make to this through sharing their ideas in groups such as School Council, Befrienders and CARE Group.
We encourage children to share any worries and concerns at home or with the range of adults in school.
We follow the Kirklees Safeguarding Children Board procedures. Please see the links below:
Our school Safeguarding policy is available on the policy page of our website. Please contact the school office if you would like a copy.
We work with West Yorkshire Police as part of Operation Encompass. This project supports children and families by reporting to schools, prior to the start of the school day, if a child has experienced any domestic abuse. This allows us to make provision for possible difficultiues experienced by children or their families.
All the staff and volunteers in our school undergo training and induction in child protection procedures.
Our independent providers, working in school, have appropriate safeguarding policies and procedures in place and a named person responsible for safeguarding. Please contact the school office for further information.
Our curriculum is reviewed and updated regularly and covers a wide range of safeguarding and safety issues including topics such as e-safety, stranger danger and water safety.
Online safety is taught discretely and as a ‘thread’ through our IT and PSHCE teaching. Mrs Wood is our trained onlinesafety lead.