Staff and Governors at Ormiston Cliff Park Infant Academy are aware that many children are the victims of different kinds of abuse and that they can be subjected to social factors that have an adverse impact upon their lives – including domestic violence, substance misuse, bullying, mental health and radicalisation. We also acknowledge that safeguarding incidents could happen anywhere and staff should be alert to possible concerns arising.
Through our curriculum we teach children to stay safe and happy. We encourage the understanding that any problem or worry that they may have is legitimate, and to share their worries, big or small with their trusted adult; at home; school or with ChildLine.
Designated Safeguarding Leads:-
We recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all pupils. We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice.
The procedures contained in the academy’s Safeguarding policy apply to all staff and governors and are consistent with those of the local safeguarding children board (LSCB).
We will follow the procedures set out by the Area Child Protection Committee or Local Safeguarding Children Board and take account of guidance issued by the DfE by:
What we will do if we have a concern about your child:
If we are concerned that your child may be at risk of abuse or neglect, we must follow the procedures in our child protection policy. You can look at the policy on the school website or come into school and see a copy.
The procedures have been written to protect all pupils. They comply with our statutory responsibilities and are designed to support pupils, families and staff. The procedures are based on the principle that the welfare of the child is the most important consideration.
In almost all circumstances, we will talk to you about our concerns and we will also tell you if we feel we must refer our concerns to children’s social care. We will ask your consent to make a referral, but in some circumstances we may need to make the referral against your wishes. We will only do this if we genuinely believe that this is the best way to protect your child, and the fact that you did not consent to the referral will be recorded.
If we think that talking to you first might in some way increase the risk to your child, we will report our concerns to children’s social care and take advice from them. We will normally tell you that a referral is being made and we will record the reasons why we decided to follow this course of action.
All child protection records are kept separate from your child’s general school file. Records are stored in a locked cabinet or drawer, and if stored on computer they are password-protected. The only staff who have access to the records are those who need to know about the concerns in order to protect and support your child.
Child protection is a very sensitive issue and it raises many questions and a range of strong emotions. We will do everything we can support our pupils and you can be assured that any action we take will be in the best interests of your child.
If a child has a concern or worry:
Keeping safe from bullying is an integral part of our PSHE curriculum. Through our Values-based curriculum pupils learn how to behave towards each other promoting the British values of tolerance and mutual respect.
Children are able to distinguish between ad hoc name calling and persistent bullying as a result of our teaching and approach to bullying.
For additional documents and Resources see ‘Related Documents’
Prevent is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist or extremist causes. Many of the things we do in school to help pupils become positive, happy members of society also contribute to the Prevent strategy.
Find out more about PREVENT here or by clicking on the logo.
Thank you to everyone for encouraging their children to participate in the NSPCC Rocks Times Tables Rock Stars competition on Friday! The results are in: 1st place – Ibis class (Year 2) 2nd place – Chaffinch class (Year 4) 3rd place – Sparrow class (Year 3) Well done to everyone who took part!
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We now have the results for last week’s TTRS Battle of the Bands competition. The winning class for Year 2 is: Ibis! Such fantastic maths skills, well done Ibis. And a big “well done” to all winning classes!
The consultation into the proposed merger of Cliff Park Infant and Junior schools has now closed. Thank you to everyone who provided responses during the consultation period and/or engaged with us through the stakeholder webinars. We very much value your feedback, suggestions, and comments. All comments have been considered and answers to common questions can be […]
Our academies raised a grand total of £735.13 for Comic Relief on Red Nose Day this year! Thank you all so much for your donations! We would also like to thank Sainsbury’s Great Yarmouth for their donation of Red Nose Day prizes including activity packs, drinks bottles, bake sale kits and notebooks. Our Wacky Wardrobe […]
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We had a wonderful surprise last week; on Thursday 25th February, Tesco Community Champion Officers Danielle Spink and Julie Goodson delivered a big box of children’s books to us as an incredibly kind donation from the Great Yarmouth Tesco Extra supermarket. We would like to extend our sincerest thanks for this fantastic addition of resources.
Next week is National Storytelling Week across the country, and despite our strange circumstances, we would love our school community to share some stories with each other! It would be wonderful if at some point next week, you and your children could take a picture of yourselves sharing a story. This could be virtually with […]