At Foxhills we hold the view that safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers, has a role to play in safeguarding children. At all times, every adult should consider what is in the best interests of the child.
We ensure a safe culture is created in our school by: avoiding vulnerable situations, building an ethos of safeguarding children, protecting staff, and by being proactive. We regularly monitor and evaluate our practices to ensure a safe culture is embedded in everything the school does.
Avoiding Vulnerable Situations
All staff at Foxhills Infant School receive an induction so that they understand the school's procedures and policies. Staff and volunteers are asked to sign to acknowledge that they understand how these policies are applied in school. The school has a formalised 'code of conduct' and the Do's and Don'ts of working with children, which serve to support both pupils and staff. All staff are expected to report concerns to a DSL and know how to do so.
Building an Ethos of Safeguarding Children
All staff are aware of their safeguarding responsibilities. The school's 'Safeguarding Principles and Responsibilities' documents support staff in following the advice set out in the school's Child Protection Policy, Keeping Children Safe in Education (2016), Working Together to Safeguarding Children (2015) and The Prevent Duty (2015). Staff receive regular safeguarding training and safeguarding is a standing agenda item during meetings: SLT, Staff Meetings, Year Group Meetings and Governors meetings.
The school has a team of Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL's). The school's headteacher, Mrs Lucy Howe, is the appointed DSL and in her absence, Mrs Heather James (DHT) and Carol Whitmarsh (Year 1 class teacher) are available at all times. All staff know how to report concerns and are aware of the signs of abuse and neglect. Any concerns are always addressed and/or investigated. The school works closely with other professionals because we understand that in order to gain insight into children's needs, a multi agency approach is essential.
Our children are taught how to keep safe as part of the curriculum and during assemblies. Children write risk assessments with their teachers and are always supported to share concerns or worries. At Foxhills Infant School we listen to children and always take swift action to ensure all children are safe.
The school's internet access is fully protected and is monitored by an authorised organisation. We have specific filters to protect children from viewing inappropriate content. We have a comprehensive program that teaches children how to be safe on-line and some of the risks that they face.
Accessing inappropriate content at home
If your child has access to an internet enabled device such as; a mobile phone, tablet or games console (connected to the internet) then they have possible freedom to access and view adult and inappropriate content, unless monitoring software has been set up. We strongly advise parents to use monitoring software at home and exercise parental controls. All major providers provide this free of charge.
Support For Parents
Are you worried about your child?
Please use the following links to support you in safeguarding your child.