Safeguarding at Bothal Primary School
Our school is committed to safeguarding. Safeguarding means keeping your child happy, healthy and safe in school. All staff are trained at regular intervals and are aware of how to keep our pupils safe and what signs to look out for. Our pupils are encouraged to share any concerns and we have robust policies and processes in place that underpin safeguarding.
Safeguarding the interests of each child is everyone’s responsibility and within the context of this school, promoting the welfare and life opportunities for your child includes:
Health and Safety
Access to the Curriculum
At Bothal Primary School we also take a holistic approach to safeguarding, not just preventing or dealing with harm but looking at health, well-being, safety and security in every aspect of school life and beyond. We hold regular meetings to discuss and evaluate each aspect and constantly look for ways to further improve our practice.
In cases where the school has reason to be concerned that a child may be subject to ill- treatment, neglect or other forms of abuse, the Designated Safeguarding Lead may report this concern to Social Services and/or other appropriate agencies.
Please remember that when the school refers a concern about a child to the Social Services Department, it is not accusing the parents of abuse but requesting that further investigation takes place to establish whether a child is at risk.
Please see the Child Protection and Safeguarding Policies.
Miss Louise Hall is our Designated Safeguarding Lead.
Please support us by ensuring that your child attends school regularly – this is a parents’ legal responsibility. Failing to attend this school on a regular basis will be considered as a safeguarding matter.
Any absence affects the pattern of a child’s schooling and regular absence will seriously affect their learning. Any pupil’s absence disrupts teaching routines so may affect the learning of others in the same class.
Mrs Arkle is our Attendance Officer – please contact her on 01670 813260 if you would like to discuss any aspect of attendance including any concerns you may have.
We offer a secure and encouraging environment where children feel safe and their spiritual, moral and cultural development is enhanced through the delivery of our whole school curriculum, including our PSHE/RE curriculum, core values, work with external agencies, charities and the local community.
We have an e-safety team in place at Bothal who actively promote monitor e-safety. We also carry out an e-safety audit every year and this supports our comprehensive policy. All pupils, staff and visitors to school must read and sign our Acceptable Use Policy before any access is allowed. All usage is monitored by specialist software called Policy Central Enterprise and this is backed up by Northumberland County Council's own robust firewall and web filtering. Pupils are taught how to stay safe online and this is regularly reinforced in IT lessons and what to do or who they can talk to if they are worried.
Bothal Primary School takes part in Operation Encompass - This means that information from the police/social care regarding domestic incidents is shared with school. This means that we can ensure that children are readily supported in school. The school lead for Operation Encompass is Miss Louise Hall. Further information can be found below.
We work with external partners should as the Stonewall Foundation and Mermaids to support the school's work on different areas of discrimination, such as homophobic bullying. Please see the Tackling Extremism and Radicalisation Policy and our Anti Bullying Policy for further information.
We carefully check that all staff and volunteers are safe to work with our children. A number of checks are made including DBS checks, references, ID and employment history. We keep a single central record of all this information and this is regularly monitored.
Visitors and volunteers are rigorously checked in much the same way staff are before they can have any unsupervised access to our children. Any contractors on site have to read a safety briefing before being signed into the building. All adults in school wear an ID badge.
We work hard to ensure that our facilities are as safe as possible. The grounds are checked by the caretakers every day and the building is maintained to the highest standards. External experts come regularly to check things like the firefighting equipment, water works and the lift are in perfect working order.
We carry out half termly fire alarm and evacuation tests and all of this is recorded in our Fire Log. A governor and members of the Leadership Team complete an annual Fire Audit and review the risk assessments and policy at the same time.
Our catering facilities meet the highest standards of hygiene and they are checked regularly by officers from NCC. We also meet the nutritional standards in place nationally and we are careful about the food of all pupils with allergies.
The premises are accessible to pupils, parents and staff with disabilities.
We have worked with the Local Council on road safety initiatives and now have barriers, road markings and crossings to help pupils stay safe before and after school too.
The Health & Safety team includes a designated member of the Governing Body and meet regularly to discuss all matters of Health and Safety, Safeguarding and Security. The school complies with all national and local Health & Safety Regulations.
We recognise that parents may wish to record events such as school plays, sports days etc. to celebrate their child’s achievements. Unfortunately, we do ask that parents do not take photographs/videos at school events as these images often include more than your own child. We do however, endeavour where possible to provide opportunities for parents to take photographs of their own child after an event.
Please do not be too disappointed that our website does not contain lots of photographs our our children and staff - this is to protect their images from improper use.
If you have any concerns regarding the welfare of a child or family or wish to discuss any other aspect of safeguarding please contact:
The Designated Safeguarding Lead: Miss Louise Hall
(Deputies: Mrs Susan Arkle/Mrs Leanne Johnson/Mr Alan Kemp/Mrs Janice Rochester)
Call in to either site - Or contact us via: 01670 812360 or 01670 812324 Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Leaving a name and contact telephone number)
The Designated Lead for (Looked after children) is:
Mrs Susan Wild (Deputy: Miss M McFall)
The Designated Lead for Anti- Bullying is:
Mrs Susan Wild (Deputy: Miss Louise Hall)
The Designated Lead for online safety is:
Mrs Heather Walker (Deputies: Mr Ross Crichton, Mrs Susan Wild, Mrs Nikki Lumley)
The Designated Link Governor for Safeguarding is:
Mrs Jennie Beaumount
The Designated Link Governor for Health & Safety under the Safeguarding umbrella is:
Mr Simon Scott
The PREVENT Team is:
Mrs Nikki Lumley, Miss Louise Hall, Mr Andrew Roberts
Important Contact Details
NSPCC - National Helpline
0808 800 5000
0800 11 11
Northumbria Police 101
Route for non-urgent referrals through to the PREVENT Team
Children’s Social Care (single point of Contact- Starting Point)
Telephone: 01670 629200
Bothal Primary School supports Operation Encompass details of which can be found below: