Freshfield Primary is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all members of the school community to share this commitment.
The safety and well-being of all children and young people is of paramount importance. We recognise that parents and carers send their children to school each day with the expectation that the school provides a safe and secure environment in which their children can flourish.
We therefore have a wide range of measures in place to ensure this is put into practice and is maintained.
Parents and carers should know that the law requires all school staff to pass on information which gives rise to concern about a child's welfare, including risk from abuse and neglect. The staff will seek to discuss any concerns with the parent/carer and, where possible, inform them of the referral to Children Social Care. This will only occur where such discussion will not place the child at increased risk of significant harm.
In accordance with local Information sharing protocols, we will ensure that information is shared securely and sensitively. Information will only be shared with other services where it is deemed necessary and proportionate to ensure that children are safe and receive the right support at the right time.
School will seek advice from the multi-agency safeguarding Hub (MASH) integrated front door when they have reasonable cause to suspect a child may be suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. Occasionally concerns are passed on which are later shown to be unfounded. Parents/carers will appreciate that the member of staff in the school responsible for Child Protection (known as the Designated Lead) is charged with carrying out their responsibilities in accordance with the law and acting in the best interest of the child.
These are available under the 'Key Information' tab on our website.
This knowledge is maintained throughout the school year with 7-minute briefings, regular reminders and updates from the Sefton Safeguarding Children’s Partnership.
We apply these protocols and expectations to regular volunteers too. Candidates should be expected to answer questions around safeguarding in their recruitment selection day.
Similarly, with IT taking a leading part in our children's everyday lives we teach them how to be safe on line and offer workshops for parents and carers too.
These are Mrs Hayley Ward and Mrs Katie Smith. Our nominated Child protection Governor is Mrs Kerry Blanchard.
All visitors must sign in and wear a visitor badge and are escorted unless they have met Sefton's vetting requirements to work in school unsupervised.
We also have additional paediatric first aiders around the school to support when necessary and to manage medicine administration.
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