St Oswald's CE Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We pride ourselves on our safeguarding practice and much of this involves the close working partnership that we have with our parents. We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Safeguarding Children Policy. For examples of how Safeguarding is taught across our curriculum please click here.
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 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.
Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility.
Designated Safeguarding Lead: Miss A Taylor
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mrs S Goodman, Mrs S Barnes-Smith and Mrs N Mistry
Prevent Lead: Miss A Taylor
Safeguarding Governor: Mrs C Essex-Brooks
All of the above can be contacted via the school office - 01562 751056 or [email protected]
If you have concerns that a child is suffering or likely to suffer significant harm you should contact:
Family Front Door: 01905 822666
If you believe a child is in immediate danger of harm:
The Police: 101 or 999
All adults who work in school have a responsibility to read and understand all safeguarding policies and act in accordance at all times.
"Extremism is vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. We also include in our definition of extremism calls for death of members of our armed forces, whether in this country or overseas" (HM Government Prevent Strategy)
PREVENT in the context of Counter-terrorism is intervention before any criminal offence has been committed with the aim of preventing individuals or groups from committing crimes.
Keeping children safe from these risks is a safeguarding matter and is approached in the same way as safeguarding children from other risks. Children should be protected from messages of all violent extremism including, but not restricted to, those link to extreme Islamist ideology, or to Far Right/Neo Nazi/White Supremacist ideology, Irish Nationalist and Loyalist paramilitary groups, and extremist Animal Rights movements.
Operation Encompass is a police and education early information sharing partnership enabling schools to offer immediate support for children and young people experiencing domestic abuse. Information is shared by the police with a school's trained Key Adult (Dedicated Safeguarding Lead) prior to the start of the next school day after officers have attended a domestic abuse incident thus enabling appropriate support to be given, dependent upon the needs and wishes of the child.
The Wyre Forest and Hagley Project (WHP) is a service for parents and carers with a child attending a local primary school in Kidderminster, Bewdley, Stourport or Hagley. WHP provide support early, helping to ensure that our pupils can make the most of their time in school. WHP are here to support your child and your family and can help with: Improving school attendance; Avoiding exclusion; Emotional/behavioural issues; Relationship and family difficulties; Debt and money worries; Bereavement; Healthy relationships. Click the link below for information and contact details.
E-Safety is a crucial part of safeguarding children. Alongside the school curriculum, it is important that parents/carers talk to their children about how to keep themselves safe and know what websites and/or social media children are using. There is lots of useful links and information on the E-Safety page of the school website.
Parents are responsible for ensuring that their children, who are of compulsory school age, receive a full time education which is suitable to their age, aptitude, ability and to any special educational needs that they might have. In England, parents can fulfill this duty by sending children to school or electing to home educate them and therefore taking responsibility for the educational arrangements. Deciding to educate children at home is a tremendous investment in time and energy and there are many considerations to be made.
A new campaign from Worcestershire County Council is hailing Fostering as 'The Best Job In The World'.
The best part about fostering is knowing that you are making a positive difference to a child or young person’s life. You will be helping them to build a better future, by providing care and support at a time when they need it most. For more information, please visit the Worcestershire County Council Fostering website.
A privately fostered child is a child under 16 (or 18 if disabled) who is being cared for, for 28 days or more, by an adult who is not their close relative. It is usually a cousin or great aunt, a friend of the family, or someone who has agreed to take care of the child by private arrangement without involving the council; close relative is defined as step-parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, uncles or aunts (whether of full blood, half blood or by marriage). The parent is still legally responsible for their child. Children Services have a legal duty to ensure children in this situation are safe and well