'A family community feel, small village school. Feel the teachers know my child as an individual and knows them well.'
Quote from Parent Questionnaire Feedback - April 2017
Parent's Safeguarding Workshop - 'Keeping our children safe' 25th April 2019
Powerpoint available here for further information: Keeping our Children Safe (3).pptx
The safety and well-being of our children at Oaksey School is of utmost importance to us and we will always act in the interest of the child.
What is safeguarding?
Safeguarding can be defined by promoting the health, safety and welfare of all pupils. Safeguarding is the responsibility of all adults, especially those working or volunteering with children. The school aims to help protect the children in its care by working consistently and appropriately with all relevant agencies to reduce risk and promote the welfare of children.
What is child protection?
Child protection is a part of safeguarding and promoting welfare. This refers to the activity which is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or at risk of suffering, significant harm.
Safeguarding at Oaksey School
Our Safeguarding Lead member of staff is Mrs Bray and the Deputy Safeguarding Leads are Mrs Woods and Mrs Troughton. These staff members have undertaken Advanced Safeguarding and Child Protection training by Wiltshire Council's Safeguarding Children Board. All other members of school staff are regularly trained and updated in safeguarding and child protection. The Safeguarding Governor is Mrs Nicholls.
All disclosures from children or concerns from adults are taken seriously, recorded and investigated thoroughly in line with Wiltshire Council's Safeguarding Children Board guidelines.
More information and guidance on safeguarding, child protection, child abuse or neglect can be found on the following websites:
- NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children)
- CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre)
- Child Line (Call 0800 1111)
The school has been given the opportunity to take part in a project that will run jointly between schools and Wiltshire Police: ENCOMPASS is the reporting to schools, by the next school day, when a child or young person has affected by a domestic incident.
ENCOMPASS will ensure that a member of the school staff, known as a Key Adult, will be shared the information in confidence, while ensuring that the school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children, or their families, who have been involved in, affected or exposed to a domestic abuse incident.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead, Mrs Bray and the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads, Mrs Woods and Mrs Troughton are the 'Key Adults' in the school and we are keen to offer the best support possible to all our pupils and we believe this will be extremely beneficial for all those involved.
Safeguarding Procedures at the School
More information about Oaksey School's approach and procedures with regard to Safeguarding and Child Protection can be found in the following documents:
- Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy
- Safeguarding Volunteer/Visitor Leaflet
- Whistle Blowing
- Staff Code of Conduct, Behaviour and Safer Working Practise Policy
- Safeguarding Statement
All safeguarding and welfare information that the school holds for a child will be passed onto the child's new school when they leave.
The school follows the safer recruitment procedures for safeguarding and full DBS checks will be made on new members of staff, governors and helpers within the school.
The internet is such an integral part of children's lives these days. It opens up so many educational and social opportunities, giving them access to, quite literally, a world of information and experiences.
Whether on a computer at school, a laptop at home, a games console or mobile or smart phone, children and young people are increasingly accessing the internet whenever they can and wherever they are. Our young people are 'DIGITAL NATIVES' ... living in a world filled largely by 'DIGITAL IMMIGRANTS' (adults!).
As you would protect your child in the real world, you will want to make sure that they are safe whatever they are doing. Like learning to cross the road, online safety skills are skills for life. If your child understands the risks and can make sensible and informed choices online, they can get the most from the internet and stay safe whilst doing so
Below you will find a few links to websites that will help you to reinforce online safety at home. Click on the links to access the sites.
If you need to report online abuse, the link will below will help you
Staff and Adults in the School
• are advised to maintain an attitude of ‘it could happen here’ as far as safeguarding is concerned;
• should always act in the best interest of the child.
The school is committed to safer recruitment practices when recruiting new employees to work for the school or when using volunteers. All adults working in the school will have undergone a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check. DBS checks are only one element of a wider framework of safer recruitment practices the school undertakes. Ordinary visitors to the school must be accompanied at all times when on visit.
Please complete the Confidential Safeguarding and Online Safety Form below if you have any safeguarding concerns about a child in our school.