Christ Church CE VC Infants is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. At CCI we work together as a team to keep all of the children in our 'Caring Community' safe. We do this through our Safeguarding policies and procedures, PSHE (Personal, Social & Health Education) Jigsaw curriculum, E-safety curriculum and our SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) provision.
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 his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare. We actively support the Government's Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism.
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Mrs Anna Martin (Headteacher). Our two Deputy DSLs are Mr Gareth Jones (Deputy Headteacher) and Mrs Sooz Dickinson (SENCO). Our Safeguarding Governor is Mr Chris Douglas.
Click on the link below to go to the 'Policies' page to view the specific policies relating to Safeguarding and Child Protection.
Throughout the year, we regularly talk to the children about the NSPCC's underwear rule to reinforce what they learn in their Jigsaw - PSHE lessons. We also reinforce this in year group assemblies so that children are really clear about telling 'safe adults' in school if they are worried about something that is happening to them or someone they know. During these assemblies we will aim to teach the children the following important safety skills without giving explicit information or telling scary stories. We will be teaching the children the NSPCC Underwear Rule, using the 'PANTS' acrostic, which is like a green cross code for staying safe from sexual abuse.
PANTS stands for;
Privates are private
Always remember your body belongs to you
No means no
Talk about secrets that upset you
Speak up, someone can help
We will also be talking about the following in an age appropriate way;
If you would like to know more about the NSPCC's campaign, you can watch the video we will use with the children and visit nspcc.org.uk/underwearrule. There is also a link to the parent’s guide below the video.
Whistleblowing Advice Line Support for professionals who are worried about children in the workplace
We encourage staff, volunteers and governors to ‘whistleblow’ if they have concerns that CCI is putting children at risk. This can be done via the NSPCC Whistleblowing Advice Line and it also offers free advice and support to professionals with concerns about how child protection issues are being handled in their own or another organisation.
Contact the Whistleblowing Advice Line
Call 0800 028 0285
When to call
If you have any concerns about a child in your workplace you should raise this with your employer or organisational safeguarding lead in the first instance.
You should call the Whistleblowing Advice Line if:
You can call about an incident that happened in the past, is happening now or you believe may happen in the future.
If you think a child is in immediate danger
Don't delay – call the police on 999,
or call us on 0808 800 5000, straight away.
You can access the South West Child Protection website at http://www.proceduresonline.com/swcpp
Keeping Children Safe in Education
As part of our commitment to keeping children safe, Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021. Click here to view the latest version of this document.