Safeguarding & Child Protection

Who is involved in Safeguarding at Paddock Wood Primary Academy?

  • Scott Opstad (Principal)
  • Designated Child Safeguarding Leads:
  • Carly Townsend (Vice Principal) and Charlotte Gunning (PSA)
  • Our Safeguarding Governor is Wendy Solesbury

Child Protection Legislation

  • 1989: The Children Act.
  • 1999: Protection of Children Act
  • 2000: Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their families
  • 2002: The Education Act
  • 2003: Every Child Matters
  • 2003: Sexual Offences Act
  • 2004: The Children Act.
  • 2005-6: Local Safeguarding Children Boards established
  • 2006: Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act
  • 2007: Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education
  • 2009: The School Staffing (England) Regulations 2009
  • 2011: Munro Review of Child Protection
  • 2012: Protection of Freedoms Act
  • 2015: Working Together to Safeguard Children
  • 2016: Keeping Children Safe in Education
  • 2018: Keeping Children Safe in Education
  • 2020: Keeping Children Safe in Education

Why is safeguarding so important in schools?

Keeping Children Safe in Education, 2020 states that: 

  • A child centred and coordinated approach to safeguarding is paramount.
  • Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play. Schools and their staff are an important part of the wider safeguarding system for children.
  • Children spend half their waking hours in school and for some, it is the only safe place they have to share their experiences of abuse.
  • School and college staff are particularly important as they are in a position to identify concerns early, provide help for children, and prevent concerns from escalating.

Individuals should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.  No single practitioner can have a full picture of a child’s needs and circumstances. If children and families are to receive the right help at the right time, everyone who comes into contact with them has a role to play in identifying concerns, sharing information and taking prompt action.

Anyone who has contact with children must know how to RECOGNISE and REFER any concerns.

What do we mean by Child Protection and Safeguarding?

  • Protecting children from maltreatment;
  • Preventing impairment of children’s mental and physical 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.

(KCSIE 2020)

Disclosures and recording concerns at Paddock Wood Primary

Green concern forms and body maps are located throughout the school for any staff member to complete should a concern arise.  These forms are given to the DCSLs who will then make the decision whether they believe it is a concern that needs to be escalated or monitored.

If after discussing the concern with a parent/carer, additional support is required then a referral will be made (with the consent of the parent) via The Integrated Front Door.  The concern will then be assessed by the IFD team as to whether it meets levels 3 or 4.

Level 3 support is classified as intensive and the family will receive an Early Help family support worker to do direct work.

Level 4 support is classified under Children’s Social Work Services where a social worker will carry out a CAF (Child and Family) assessment to see what support needs to be put in place.

More information regarding safeguarding and Kent’s threshold levels of support can be found at www.kscb.org.uk

Our duty of care

All professionals have a duty to refer cases where abuse is known to have occurred or is suspected.

No professional has the right or responsibility to withhold information or to respect a child’s/young person’s wish for confidentiality.

We try to create an environment where:

  • children can see school as a safe place to be
  • views and contributions are respected
  • adults and children are respectful of each other
  •  there is a culture of openness, honesty and trust
  • all staff allow children to be heard
  • there is space for privacy
  • children’s self-esteem is nurtured

Safer Practice

All staff at Paddock Wood Primary have been trained on safer practice which includes:

  • Behaviour that is open and transparent
  • Adopting high standards of personal conduct
  • Behaviour in or out of school that doesn’t compromise any position within school
  • Avoiding being alone with a student behind a closed, windowless door
  • Never giving an individual student a gift that is not part of the ‘Rewards Policy’
  • Never giving a personal mobile number or personal e-mail address to a student
  • Being aware of the dangers of social networking sites

All staff and any volunteers are DBS checked before they start working for Paddock Wood Primary.