‘Everyone in the education service shares an objective to help keep children and young people safe by contributing to:
- Providing a safe environment for children and young people to learn in education settings; and
- Identifying children and young people who are suffering or likely to suffer significant harm, and taking appropriate action with the aim of making sure they are kept safe both at home and in the education setting’
(‘Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education’ DfES 2007)
‘Education staff have a crucial role to play in helping identify welfare concerns, and indicators of possible abuse or neglect, at an early stage.’
(Working Together to Safeguard Children 2010)
Blackthorn Primary School is committed to Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of all of its pupils and is the responsibility of all school staff, governors and volunteers.
Blackthorn Primary School will therefore:
- Establish and maintain an environment where children feel secure and are encouraged to talk and are listened to.
- Ensure that staff are able to identify welfare concerns and take appropriate action to address their concerns
- Ensure children know that there are adults in the school whom they can approach if they are worried
- Include opportunities in PHSE curriculum for children to develop the skills they need to recognise and stay safe from abuse
- Recognise that each pupil’s welfare is of paramount importance and that some children may be especially vulnerable to abuse e.g. those with special educational needs, those living in adverse circumstances eg those who witness violence.
We recognise that children who are abused or neglected may find it difficult to develop a sense of self-worth and to view the world in a positive way. Whilst at school, their behaviour may be challenging. We recognise that some children who have experienced abuse may harm others. We will always take a considered and sensitive approach in order that we can support all of our pupils.
Please read our Safeguarding Policy (available in the side bar on the right) for more information regarding safeguarding and child protection.
The role has primarily been aimed at ensuring that children in receipt of the Disadvantaged Student funding are in the same position to access and benefit from the teaching and learning that is delivered. The Pupil Premium funding provides the budget for the position and while these children are the main recipients of the intervention and support provided all children who need this additional support will have access to it.
This role involves working 1:1 with targeted children or small groups. Weekly feedback to SLT and written reports on each intervention support the monitoring or provision and impact.
With the increasing number of children and families experiencing a range of challenges outside the school the role is under a transition where support is being offered to not only the children but the families themselves.
As a result the Leaning Mentor has received additional training in Safeguarding to enable them to be part of the Safeguarding Team.