At Banks Road Primary School, we are committed to safeguarding all children and promoting their welfare. We are a Safe School.
We expect all staff, governors, parents and carers, volunteers and visitors to share our commitment in order to maintain a vigilant and safe environment.
We believe that all children have the right to learn in a caring, supportive and safe environment which includes the right to protection from any and all types of abuse.
As a school, we recognise that keeping our children safe is a shared responsibility.
Our staff are highly trained and are fully aware of how the keep children safe from harm.
All staff follow and implement the statutory guidance, ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education‘. Staff remain vigilant at all times for any signs or indicators of any child in distress, or who may be at risk of harm.
All staff are confident in their ability to follow the school’s safeguarding procedures to keep all children safe at all times.
We adopt and embed a child centred and coordinated approach to keeping children safe.
As a school, we have a range of systematic child protection procedures in place to safeguard our children, all of which are underpinned by our school Child Protection Policy.
The school ensures children learn in a safe, caring and enriching environment.
Children are taught how to keep themselves safe, to develop positive and healthy relationships, how to avoid situations where they might be at risk including by being exploited.
The school also has a statutory responsibility to share any concerns it might have about a child in need of protection with other agencies and in particular police, health and children’s services. Schools are not able to investigate child protection concerns but have a legal duty to refer them. In most instances the school will be able to inform the parents/carers of its need to make a referral. However, sometimes the school can in certain circumstances share information without the consent of the family and may be advised by children’s services or police that the parent/carer cannot be informed whilst they investigate the matter or make enquires. We understand the anxiety parents/carers understandably feel when they are not told about any concerns from the outset. The school follows legislation that aims to act in the interests of the child.
The school will always seek to work in partnership with parents and other agencies
to ensure the best possible outcomes for the child and family.
If you have any concerns about a child’s welfare, safety or well-being, or have a concern about the behaviour of any adult within the school towards a child, please do not hesitate to contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead or any member of the school’s Safeguarding Team. ‘If you think it, report it’.
Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mr J Wilson (Deputy Headteacher
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mr J Savage (Assistant Headteacher and SENCo)
Additional Safeguarding Officers: Mrs L Gibson (Headteacher), Mr S Evans (Learning Mentor) and Miss L Smyth (EYFS Lead)
Safeguarding Governor: Mrs C Hill (Chair of Governors)
Resources and Links
- School Child Protection policy
- Child Protection COVID-19 Appendix
- Keeping Children Safe in Education
- Safeguarding Advice for Visitors
- ‘Tackle Child Abuse’ campaign (DfE)
- Barnados: Child Sexual Exploitation – ‘Spot the Signs’ information for parents
- NSPCC: Keeping Child Safe information for parents
- Working Together to Safeguard Children
We live in a digital age; the internet and new technologies are changing the way we work, the way we live and the way in which we educate children and young people. They offer huge benefits both inside and outside of school but we must also be aware of some of the potential risks associated with their use. We therefore work hard to ensure that we work to minimise the risk to both our students and staff.
- Online Safety is a safeguarding issue, not a computing issue.
- Online Safety is about ensuring safe and responsible use by the entire school community; all children and all staff.
- Online Safety is about protecting children and young people whilst they are in our care and educating them for when they are not.
- Online Safety should be an integral part of all ICT use.
The Prevent Duty is a government strategy designed to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.
The Department for Education have published a departmental advice document for all schools and childcare providers to follow, which can be found here.
Click here for the Educate Against Hate website, which aims to give school staff, parents and carers practical advice and information on protecting children from extremism and radicalisation.
Keeping children safe from bullying is an integral part of our PSHE curriculum. Through our values-based curriculum, children learn how to behave towards each other through the promotion of British Values of tolerance and mutual respect.
Bullying is when a person or group of people physically, verbally and/or emotionally mistreat and/or hurt others, including through any form of social media, which is deliberately repeated over time.
At Banks Road Primary School, we strive to prevent and combat any form of bullying through various strategies and approaches. Please see below for our Anti Bullying policy and for some examples of our strategies and approaches in action:
- Anti-Bullying Week.
- Anti-Bullying Ambassadors.
- ‘Bully Busters’ workshops.
- Year 6 Prefects.
- ‘Buddy Benches’.
- Trained ‘Young Leaders’ for Reception and Key Stage 1 children at playtimes.
- School Council.
- Clear and consistent behaviour policy which the children recognise and understand.
- School Code of Conduct.
- A Quiet Place intervention including HeartMath.
- Anti Bullying policy
What should you do if you think your child (or a child you know) is being bullied?
As a school, we have a zero tolerance policy on bullying and any cases of bullying, including cyber bullying, will be dealt with quickly and effectively.
Without delay, speak with your/ the child’s class teacher and/or a member of the school’s Senior Leadership Team to share your concerns. Names and roles of the school’s Senior Leadership Team can be found below:
- Mrs L Gibson – Headteacher
- Mr J Wilson – Deputy Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead
- Mr J Savage – Assistant Headteacher and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
If you do not wish to speak with a member of staff face-to-face, you can telephone school on 0151 427 4360.
External advice, information and tools for parents/ carers can be sought from the Anti Bullying Alliance website:
All children are taught to report anything that they are worried about to a member of staff that they trust and this will then be investigated without delay.
At Banks Road, we believe that all children have the right to an education regardless of what is happening at home.
When a child looks after someone in their family within role as a young carer, we acknowledge that the young person may need some extra support to help them get the most out of school.
Our Young Carers policy sets out how we will help any pupil who looks after someone at home.