Safeguarding & Child Protection
We take this seriously whilst retaining a balanced and human approach. We have excellent recruitment procedures; every member of staff has full checks and up to date references, as do visitors, regular volunteers, supply teachers and governors. All staff receive appropriate training at regular intervals. We have policies and practices that focus on ensuring the health and well-being of the children, for example: risk assessments before every class trip, an annual safety check of our playground, a medicines in school policy and staff presence at the school entrance at the start and end of every day. We have well-established ways of monitoring and responding to incidents of concern, for example: unexplained absences, difficult behaviour and significant changes in physical or emotional appearance. The ethos of the school is open so that staff, parents and children feel able to share concerns. Parents who volunteer on a regular basis (at least once a week) or are unsupervised helpers, will be asked to undertake full DBS checks.
Operation Encompass - in every force, in every school, for every child
Being part of this project means that our school will receive a notification from the police before the start of the next school day when a child or young person in our school has been involved or exposed to a domestic abuse incident the previous evening. Click on the following links below for more information:
Use of Images (School)
When your child starts Woodlands Park Primary School and for the duration of their education here, parents/carers will be ask to complete a permission form to allow images of your child to be published by the school on the school's website or in press releases. If you would like to change your parental preference then please contact the school office.
Use of Cameras and Digital Images (Parents/Carers) - 'THINK BEFORE WE POST'
Woodlands Park Primary School are happy for parents and carers to take photos and videos at school events for personal use but please could we remind you that these images must not be distributed or put online unless they are only of your own children. This is to protect and safeguard all members of the community.
The Data Protection Act does not stop parents from taking images or videos at school events but you would breach it if you did not have the consent from other parents whose children might be captured in those photos or videos.
How can parents help with keeping children safe?
- Make sure all addresses and contact numbers are up to date;
- If someone different is picking your child up, please let us know;
- Be at school on time every day at 8.50 am and 3.15/20 pm;
- Notify the school about your child’s absence – unexplained absences are a key trigger for concern;
- Take full note of the advice to parents if you are accompanying a class trip and ensure that you attend the briefing meeting;
- Share any concerns you may have about another child with any of the following Safeguarding Leads as shown below.
If you would like to see a full copy of our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy you can download it below or ask for a copy in the school office. We are happy to talk further with parents.
Domestic Abuse - a message from the Police
We’ve seen a lot of changes across the nation recently. People are being isolated from friends, family and colleagues.
Enforced isolation may cause an increase in domestic abuse. Domestic abuse is never ok.
If you or someone you know is suffering abuse - help is available, visit:
Victim Care Unit – 01392 475900
First Light (Safer Futures) – 0300 777 4777
Devon Domestic Abuse Helpline - 0345 155 1074
Cornwall Domestic Abuse 24hr Helpline - 01872 225629
Women’s Aid – 0808 2000247
Male Domestic Violence Advice Line - 0800 3283623
Galop - DV Advice for Lesbian, Gay, Bi Sexual and Transgender - 0800 5875247
National Domestic Abuse Helpline - 0808 2000247
In an emergency, always dial 999.
SPLITZ - https://www.splitz.org/
Lucy Faithfull Foundation working to protect children - https://www.lucyfaithfull.org.uk/
For your information, regarding children, young people, and those that are vulnerable during this time.
NSPCC - online safety resources
Online NSPCC assembly with Ant and Dec from Friday 5 June 2020
DEVON FAMILY ADVICE LINE
A new phone advice line for parents and carers across Devon launched on Monday 1 June. The number for the new service is 01392 949059 and it will be manned from 10 – 2pm Monday to Friday. People will be able to leave a message outside of these hours, or when the operators are all busy.
It will offer advice on a specific issue around their children and their family relationships, including any communication issues or conflict they are having with their partners or co-parents of their children. It is not meant to be a replacement for more targeted work, but just a way to offer people a place to be heard and a few tips on how to deal with a particular situation or to signpost them to an organisation which may be able to help them.
Mrs Karen Hunter - Deputy Headteacher
(Designated Safeguarding Lead)
Miss L Walker - SENDCo (Deputy DSL)
Mr S Bone - Headteacher (Deputy DSL)