"Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility.
This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child".(Keeping Children Safe in Education September 2016 - DfE)*
The safeguarding of children is the responsibility of all adults. In Morpeth All Saints Church of England Aided First School this includes staff employed by the school, staff commissioned or contracted from external services and agencies, volunteers, governors, parents/carers, and extended family members. We all have a responsibility to ensure that children feel safe and well at all times. Within school this means that all aspects of the environment ensure that a child feels able to learn and develop in a safe environment.
*Please click on the following link to view full document DfES Keeping Children Safe in Education (5 September 2016)
The Safeguarding Officer for Northumberland County Council
If you have any concerns about the behaviour of an adult in school you must contact Northumberland’s Designated Officer (DO). His name is Adam Hall and you can call him on 01670 623979 or drop an email to LADO@northumberland.gcsx.gov.uk
Morpeth All Saints CE Aided First School is part of Operation Encompass which is a joint operation between NCC Children’s Services, NCC Education and Skills Service, Northumbria Police and the Police and Crimes Commissioner. It was initiated in February 2011 to ‘safeguard children and young people (4 – 16 years old) who are affected by domestic abuse by ensuring appropriate services are made aware of an incident at the earliest possible opportunity’.
Morpeth All Saints C. of E. Aided First School fully recognises the responsibility it has concerning arrangements about safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Please follow the link above for details of all school policies.
Designated Safeguarding Lead: Miss K. Halliday
Governor for Safeguarding: Mrs H. Stewart
Excerpt from our Child Protection Policy......
"Morpeth All Saints CE Aided First School believes that pupils have a fundamental right to be protected from harm and that they cannot learn unless they feel secure. We also believe that all staff working in school have a right to personal support and guidance concerning the protection of pupils. There are four main elements to our policy:-
PREVENTION through the teaching and pastoral support offered to pupils and a whole school protective ethos.
PROCEDURES for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases, of abuse.
SUPPORT TO CHILDREN who may have been abused.
Our Policy applies to all staff and volunteers working in the school including community education staff and governors. Teachers, Learning Enhancement Assistants and Lunchtime Supervisors and facilities staff can be the first point disclosure for a child."
Through their day to day contact with children and direct work with families, our staff have a crucial role to play in noticing indicators of possible abuse or neglect. We have a duty to care for the children in our school and in referring concerns to the appropriate agency. We will follow the procedures set out in Interagency Procedures produced by the Northumberland Safeguarding Children Board. Morpeth All Saints CE Aided First School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and requires all staff, parents, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment. This section of our website aims to give you a brief guide to safeguarding and links to other sections of the website containing relevant policies and procedures in our school. If you cannot find something, please contact the school and let us know! We fully recognise our responsibilities for safeguarding and promoting the health and well-being of all the children in our care. We strive to ensure we practise:-
Child Protection and Tackling Extremism Radicalisation Prevent
Something which is clearly not part of any British or European value is extremism. It is important to remember that whilst the threat from so-called Islamic State has been a focus in the Counter Terrorism and Security Act, the Prevent Duty is clear that extremism of all kinds should be tackled too. In England, far right groups such as Britain First and the English Defence League need to be tackled, too. Extremism is not a new topic in education, but schools have a relatively new statutory duty to pay “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. All adults working at Morpeth All Saints are aware of their responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of every pupil, both physical and emotional, inside and outside school. This involves ensuring that pupils are protected from significant physical or emotional harm and that there is a positive commitment to ensure the satisfactory development and growth of the individual. Every member of staff recognises that safeguarding against radicalisation and extremism is no different to safeguarding against any other vulnerability in today’s society. The Tackling Extremism and Radicalisation Policy sets out our beliefs, strategies and procedures to protect vulnerable individuals from being radicalised or exposed to extremist views, by identifying who they are and promptly providing them with support.
needed to keep them safe.
School Reception and Security
The reception foyer/main school office is your first point of contact.
All parents/carers and visitors must sign in and out of the school premises and are required to
wear a visitor’s badge issued only by official school personnel.
All mobile devices should be switched off after signing the visitors book.
Please do not enter school from any other external door during periods while pupils are arriving or
E-Safety information for parents
Using the internet safely is a key skill that our children need to learn, both at school, and from home. The following resources will help parents and children to get to grips with all the different aspects of e-safety. Miss Halliday is the e-safety Co-ordinator in school and Mrs C. Chester is the Governor in charge of e-safety. Please report any concerns to us as soon as possible
Photographs and Videos
Respect and Care for the whole community when taking photographs and videos. We are happy
for parents and carers to take photographs and videos for personal use but request these images
are not distributed or put online if they contain images of other children, adults or staff without
consent. This will help protect all members of the community.
Health & Safety Effective management of the school buildings is the responsibility of the
Headteacher, working closely with Governors, School Business Manager and Caretaker. Morpeth
All Saints CE Aided First School carefully considers the building’s condition and suitability to ensure
safe and continuous operation and effective management of curriculum needs. The Education
(School Premises) Regulations (1999) prescribe the minimum standards for school premises. They
include a general requirement that every part of the school’s premises must be such as to reasonably
assure the health, safety and welfare of the occupants. The Health and Safety at Work Act et al.
(1974) sets out the broad principles for managing health and safety legislation in workplaces, which
places a general duty on employers to "ensure so far as is reasonably practicable the health, safety
and welfare at work of all their employees" and requires employers to conduct their undertaking in a
way that does not pose risk to the health and safety of non-employees. We regularly inspect, review
and implement expenditure to ensure that the school buildings and grounds are a safe working
environment for the whole school community.
Risk Assessments are used to identify hazards and risks.
Once these have been identified, processes are put in place to eliminate the hazards and reduce the risks
where possible. If they cannot be eliminated, they are minimized by the use of physical controls, or as a last
resort, through systems of work and personal protective equipment.
What is a Hazard? Something that has the potential to cause harm
What is a Risk? The likelihood / chance of that harm occurring.
We all carry out risk assessments every day, for example we all cross the road.
What is the hazard? What is the risk?
The hazard is crossing the road, the risk is the likelihood of a vehicle hitting you whilst crossing.
Our Risk Assessments are reviewed on a two yearly cycle, however, Risk Assessments will always be
reviewed after an incident or when we identify additional risks. A Risk Assessment is carried out before any
event/school trip through the school's EVOLVE system.
(Disclosure & Barring Service, DBS referrals: form and guidance, Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act, Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) Regulation. Note, it is an offence to apply, offer or accept to do any work with children (paid or unpaid) if disqualified from working with children). Ensure that all staff receive appropriate safeguarding training, which includes e-safety. Miss Halliday, Mrs. Stewart (Governor), Mrs. Michie (Governor), Mrs. Bainbridge (Govenor) and Mrs. Taylor have completed NSPCC training in safer recruitment.
Volunteers / Contractors
Please refer to Visitor link below.