Safeguarding 

Oakhurst Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Our school provides a safe, caring, positive and stimulating environment, free from discrimination or bullying, promoting the physical, moral and social development of the individual child, where children can learn and develop happily.

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with parents/carers first. However, there may be a rare occasion when our concerns about your child may mean we have to consult other agencies even before we contact you.  The procedures which we follow are laid down by  the Local Children Safeguarding Board and we have a number of policies and procedures in place, that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy.

If you have any concerns/questions in relation to a child’s safety or wellbeing, please contact one of the Safeguarding Team:

Mr Strange – Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Barkham  – Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

The above staff can be contacted via the school office or by calling the school on 01793 734754.

Mr Coleman is the Link Governor for Child Protection

Swindon Borough Council Family Contact Point ( 01793 466903 | fcp@swindon.gov.uk)

Any action is taken in line with the following legislation/guidance:

Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE updated May 2016)
South West Child Protection Procedures (SWCPP)
Working Together to Safeguard Children (March 2015)
Swindon Local Safeguarding Children Board guidance
The Prevent duty – Departmental advice for schools and childcare providers (July 2015

We are working with Sarah Turner Consulting Safeguarding Solutions. Sarah will be providing the team with independent information, advice and guidance along with the support of our statutory agencies.

The Whistleblowing Policy can be found here.

Our safeguarding policy can be found within the document and policies area of the website.

Please click here to read the NSPCC’s guide “Is my child ready to be left alone?”

E-Safety

We live in an ever changing, digital world with children increasingly having access to the internet. Keeping safe online is a vital part of safeguarding the pupils at Oakhurst Primary School. We actively teach children about keeping safe online through our cross-curricular ICT curriculum. Further information is kept in our e-safety policy.

Below are some links that you may find useful.

Stop Text Bully – resources on this website include a Top 10 Tips poster for young people and a school resource pack ‘Putting U in the Picture’. http://www.stoptextbully.com/

Childnet International – plenty of advice and teachers’ resources. Look for the ‘Prank or Pain’ link through their ‘Know it All’ project link. http://www.childnet.com/

Internet Watch Foundation – support website with information on filtering, protection, and an area to report illegal content. https://www.iwf.org.uk/

Kidsmart – part of the Childnet stable of websites, dealing with Internet safety programmes for schools, young people and parents. http://www.kidsmart.org.uk/

Cyberbully – contains links to useful online documents such as a guide to cyber-bullying and an educator’s guide.

“Staying Safe in a Wired World: a parent’s guide to Internet safety” by Rob Nickel. A recently published book about most of the technologies used on the Internet and instructions on how to keep children safe while in cyberspace. Available from Amazon.

Yahoo’s Parents’ Guide to Safer Surfing https://safety.yahoo.com/UK/

E-safety magazine from Alan Mackenzie #DITTO is a free online safety magazine from esafety adviser, Alan Mackenzie, aimed at schools, organisations and parents. The content looks at risks, issues, advice and guidance related to keeping children safe online, with a view to enjoying and learning about technology.  You can find the latest edition of #DITTO here: http://www.esafety-adviser.com/latest-newsletter

If you have any e-safety concerns, you can contact Mr Strange via the school office, your child’s teacher or Mrs Smith.

Extremism and Radicalisation

We actively support the Government’s Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism. It is vital that staff and parents are aware of the possible danger of extremism and radicalisation of children, predominantly but not solely through online activities. We are committed to supporting parents and pupils to be aware of these dangers. The document below provides further information on this. Staff training is carried out in this area.
Channel Duty Guidance 2015

Pastoral Care

At Oakhurst , we are concerned with supporting all our children so that they are happy, confident individuals who develop into positive learners and members of both the school and the wider community.

All staff at Oakhurst, teaching and non-teaching, have made a commitment to the Behaviour Policy and the Bullying and Conflict Policy. There is a very strong emphasis on encouraging children to express any concerns that they have to teachers, non -teaching staff and the Headteacher.

Parents are also reminded that they need to `tell’ if there are any concerns expressed by their child. We particularly encourage parents to phone before or after school. In this way, issues can be resolved.

We strongly believe in a multi-agency approach when working with identified students. We are fortunate to have access to the following agencies:

Targeted Mental Health – Practitioner & Outreach Workers
Parent Support Advisors
Education and welfare officers
Locality School Nurse
Police – Local PCSOs
We work with Swindon Young Carers
If you wish to discuss anything in relation to Pastoral Support for your child, please contact Mr Strange, Deputy Headteacher.