An outward looking centre of excellence
in the education of children with visual impairments
SAFEGUARDING AT PRIESTLEY SMITH SCHOOL
Designated Safeguarding Leads
Sharon Blair Burke : DSL
Joanna Garvey: Deputy DSL
Liz Clabon: Deputy DSL
All our children have a visual impairment and additional learning, physical or social and emotional needs.
Keeping Our Pupils Safe
We place the safety and wellbeing of our pupils at the heart of everything we do. Working closely with families, the local authority, and other agencies, we seek to safeguard our pupils at all times and ensure any concerns are dealt with quickly and effectively.
We have clear and robust policies and processes in place to ensure the very highest levels of safeguarding. These policies are appropriate to us as a special school and take into account the vulnerability of some of our pupils. We carry out all the necessary checks before appointing new staff and provide them with comprehensive training upon joining us and every year thereafter. This means our teams have an excellent understanding of their safeguarding responsibilities; they know how to work safely with pupils, how to recognize signs of abuse, and what to do if they have any concerns.
Through assemblies and PSHE lessons, we teach pupils how to protect themselves from harm both in the ‘real world’ and online. This training is appropriate to each pupil’s ability and needs.
Summary of Child Protection Information
Our school is committed to the highest standards in protecting and safeguarding the children entrusted to our care. We will support all children by:
Promoting a caring, safe and positive environment
Encouraging self-esteem and self-assertiveness
Effectively tackling bullying and harassment
We recognise that some children may be the victims of neglect, physical, sexual or emotional abuse. Staff working with children are well placed to identify such abuse.
At our school in order to protect our children, we aim to:
Create an atmosphere where all our children feel secure, valued and listened to
Recognise signs and symptoms of abuse
Respond quickly, appropriately and effectively to cases of suspected abuse
If you have a concern that a child is being harmed, is at risk of harm, or you receive a disclosure (intentionally or unintentionally) you must contact the following staff member as quickly as possible either by emailing email@example.com or telephoning 0121 325 3900
Designated Safeguarding Lead Mrs Sharon Blair Burke
Deputy Safeguarding Lead Mrs Joanna Garvey
Deputy Safeguarding Lead Mrs Claire Race
Deputy Safeguarding Lead Mrs Liz Clabon
Everyone working with our children, their parents and carers should be aware that their role is to:
Listen and carefully note any observations which could indicate abuse
Not to attempt to investigate once the initial concern is raised
Refer to the Designated Senior Lead (DSL) immediately
Contact the Head or the Deputy DSL if the DSL is not available
Remember disclosures of abuse or harm from children may be made at any time
If anything worries you or concerns you, report it straight away