At Carr Infant School, we want every child and their family to feel safe and cared for at all times. We recognise that working in partnership with children, young people and their parents, carers and other agencies, is essential in promoting young people’s welfare, as the welfare of our children is important. All children, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, have the right to equal protection from all types of harm and abuse.
We work under the guidance of the Department for Education (‘Keeping Children Safe in Education – Statutory Guidance for Schools and Colleges’ ) and the school’s Safeguarding Policy.
Safeguarding is the responsibility of all staff at Carr Infant School and all undergo regular training in Safeguarding such as Child Protection Online Safeguarding, completing online Prevent training, attending staff meetings delivered by external specialists and agencies to update knowledge and understanding. Annual Safeguarding training also includes staff and governors reading the DFE guidelines ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education (Part 1 and 5)’ and the school's Safeguarding Policy. All staff have basic first aid training, with additional staff having more in depth training via the First Aid at Work course. Designated Safeguarding leads in school attend relevant and regular training and updates and share with the wider staff when necessary. Some teaching staff and governors are trained in Safer Recruitment.
The Prevent Duty is ‘the duty in the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 on specified authorities, in the exercise of their functions, to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.’ (The Prevent Duty – Departmental advice for schools and childcare providers June 2015). As a school we need to ensure we protect children from the risks of radicalisation and extremism through our safeguarding procedures. We also need to provide a safe environment in which controversial issues can be discussed and build our pupils’ resilience and selfesteem to enable them to challenge extremist views. At Carr Infant School, we have made all staff aware of our responsibilities under the Prevent Duty. Through our RE and PHSCE curriculum and our work on Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development, including fundamental British values, we will enable children to explore a wide range of issues safely. Key staff and Governors have undergone Prevent Duty training online.
We work hard to ensure that any instances of bullying are dealt with quickly and followed up. We care about all the children at our school and work closely with children and families to give every child the best experience. For more information see our Behaviour Policy.
In our modern world, technology poses certain risks that we want to protect our children against. We have an E-safety Policy and take part in regular training as both staff and pupils.
Anybody having any concerns regarding the conduct of any adult within our school community, should refer to the school’s Safeguarding, Complaints and Whistleblowing policies.
Our school is part of a project that runs jointly between all schools in York, City of York Council and North Yorkshire Police. This project is designed to provide early reporting to schools of any domestic abuse incidents that occur outside of normal school hours and that might have had an impact on a child attending our premises the following day: See our Safeguarding Policy for more information.
Children's Services (Front Door) is now part of the Multi-Agency Support Hub. More information is provided here: https://www.yor-ok.org.uk/concerned-about-a-child-or-young-person.htm
As a school, we are able to offer support to families in conjunction with IDAS. For more information, please look at: https://www.yor-ok.org.uk/service-detail.htm?serviceid=1960