Methley Primary School recognises that safeguarding encompasses the duties of child protection and promoting the rights and welfare of children.
As such it is :
- EVERYONE'S responsibility to safeguard children
- EVERYONE who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play
- EVERYONE working with children maintains an attitude of 'it could happen here'
And we believe:
- Schools can contribute to the prevention of abuse
- All children have the right to be protected from harm
- Children need support which matches their individual needs, including those who may have experienced abuse
- Children need to be safe and feel safe in school
School policies are in place to ensure that there is a consistent approach to practices throughout the school and that they are adhered to by staff, governors and volunteers. Adults have a tremendous impact on young children and with this in mind adults at Methley Primary School:- Are good role models for children.
- Enjoy their work and working with children.
- Are conscientious and hard-working.
- Welcome to support visitors to school.
- Recognise and value strengths in each other and use these to support everyone.
- Work within that agreed policies of the school.
- Promote a happy, caring and safe school.
- Encourage children to think for themselves, ask questions and find answers.
- Create an environment of trust whereby children are trusted to work seriously.
- Challenge and support children in their learning.
There are numerous policies in place to safeguard our children and they include:
Child Protection – this is sensitive area in which all staff receive regular training. Here, school and other services for children and families all work together to support the needs of children. There is also a named governor for child protection. The child protection policy is attached above, or can be viewed by parents on request.
Attendance – children’s attendance at school is monitored on a daily basis and notable absences or patterns of absences are followed up by the parental involvement officer and in more serious cases the Attendance Strategy Team.
Behaviour – high standards of behaviour are expected in school. However, as we all know children do fall out from time to time. Where this is the case it is dealt with sensitively by an adult who gives both children time to explain what the problem is and helps the issue to be resolved. Children are often reminded about our school learning behaviours and they know that we have them in order for everyone to be happy and keep safe.
Health and safety - everyone here at Methley Primary School knows they have a responsibility to ensure children and adults are able to work in a healthy and safe environment. The school has several fully trained paediatric first aid members of staff who deal with accidents should they occur.
Curriculum – through the planned curriculum we ensure that the issues of healthy eating, physical exercise, safety and e-safety are taught.
Safer recruitment and selection – this aspect is taken very seriously. Governors and the school ensure that all staff new to the school and volunteers who work in school on a regular basis undertake an enhanced DBS check and full references are acquired before the person takes up post.
Complaints – should parents have any complaints the school staff will listen to your concerns and will follow up any issues arising. There is a clear procedure in place. The school is committed to working closely with parents / carers for the benefit of the children. Remember no problem is too small and can often be prevented from becoming a bigger issue. If you continue to feel an issue has not been resolved then you could contact the complaints committee of the governing body.
We all know that children thrive better and are able to reach their full potential when school and families work closely together.
All of us here at Methley Primary School are totally committed to this and we look forward to our continuing close partnership with you in the future.
If you have any questions or concerns, our Designated Child Protection Staff are:
Mrs Elliott (Head Teacher), Miss C Waddle (Deputy Head Teacher) and Mrs S Brown (Pupil Welfare Officer)
If you see something outside school which makes you worried about a child's safety, you should contact social care on 0113 222 4403.
If you have an urgent concern about a child, or you need advice or information, you can call the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000 – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If you think a child is in immediate danger, do not delay - call the police on 999.
Useful links and contacts
Childline - advice about a wide range of issues
Mindmate - information about mental health and organisations that can help
NSPCC - 0808 800 5000
NSPCC - Online Safety
CEOP - online safety
Net Aware - Your guide to social networks, apps and games
Leeds Women's Aid - 0113 2460401 (24 hours) Textphone @ 07825 156087 (Monday to Friday 9.30am - 5pm)