Safeguarding Children & Child Protection

Safeguarding our children and young people is the responsibility of everyone and it is our number one priority.

Newfield School is committed to safeguarding & protecting the welfare of children & vulnerable adults as its number one priority.

The school has produced a Safeguarding Children and Child Protection Policy based on the Government’s Department for Education guidelines and advice.

Emphasis is placed upon protecting the child through established procedures that are known to all staff.

Our staff are trained in the recognition of symptoms of abuse and to be vigilant for all kinds of safeguarding concerns, including physical abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, bullying or extremist behaviour.

We have clear procedures in place for the recording and reporting of incidents where any potential safeguarding concerns are identified and appropriate action is taken.

Thorough risk assessments and strong procedures ensure children are safe in school. Ofsted, 2016

Jenny Riley, Deputy Head, is our Designated Safeguarding Lead, DSL, member of staff responsible for the implementation of Child and Safeguarding Policy and Protection procedures; supported by Laura Holmes, Assistant Head and Deputy DSL.

All members of the Senior Leadership Team are trained to be designated for child protection if required.

We also have a designated Lead Governor for Child Protection on the Governing Body, Sara Barr-Frost.

We work closely with our colleagues from CADS (Children’s Advice and Duty Service) who are part of the Children’s Safeguarding Assurance Partnership (CSAP), which is the multi-agency safeguarding arrangement across Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool and Lancashire.

Where a child or young person appears to demonstrate the outward signs of abuse, or is deemed to be at significant risk, the school is obliged to refer the matter to Blackburn with Darwen’s Children’s Advice and Duty Service.

Where information is shared with other public bodies, we work within the agreed local information sharing protocols to make sure that information is shared in line with local and national rules.

Where safeguarding concerns are raised that relate to any adults in school, we work closely with the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) to make sure we follow the correct procedures, and ensure all concerns are investigated and followed up appropriately.

All adults who regularly work on our site are required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to prevent unsuitable people from working with our pupils.

Our pupils are taught about how to keep themselves safe and about what to do if they have any concerns. We have a school counsellor who can support pupils.

We are participating in Operation Encompass, which is a unique Police and Education early intervention safeguarding partnership. This ensures that a child’s school is informed, prior to the start of the next school day, if there has been an incident of Domestic Abuse, which may have an impact on the child.

The arrangements for safeguarding are effective. The school’s single central record of employment checks, carried out to verify the suitability of all adults who work at the school, is exemplary. Staff are well trained in child protection. Ofsted, 2016

Visitors to school

We have a robust signing in procedure for staff and visitors.

All visitors to Newfield must sign in at one of our receptions at SEND or Autism school entrances.

They are issued with an identity badge and lanyard, which must be worn and visible during their visit.

Lanyard colour identifies people around school:

  • Pale Blue lanyards - members of our school staff.
  • Bright Blue lanyards - visitors who are known to school and for whom we have DBS clearance, who can be in school without close supervision.
  • Red lanyards - visitors who must be under close supervision and escorted by a member of school staff.

Visitors are also given safeguarding cards which inform them of our safeguarding arrangements, Designated Senior Lead staff and our visitor code of conduct, which you can see in our ‘Visiting School’ section on our Parent Handbook page.

If you have a concern about the health & safety of any child at Newfield you should report this to a member of staff immediately.

For further information and advice please see:

Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub - MASH

Blackburn with Darwen Local Safeguarding Children Board - LSCB

Safeguarding Leads in school

‘The school recognises that effective safeguarding systems are those which put the child’s needs first and provide the child with a voice’. RRSA, June 2017

Newfield School
Old Bank Lane
Blackburn
Lancashire
BB1 2PW

01254 588 600

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Safeguarding

Newfield School is committed to safeguarding and protecting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults as its number one priority.

Full copies of Policies and Procedures related to all aspects of Safeguarding, and the Complaints Policy, are available on request from Rik Robinson, Head Teacher and Designated Senior Lead for Safeguarding and Child Protection.

Equality Duty

Newfield School complies with the general and specific duties of the Equality Act (2010). In accordance with the duty we publish information that demonstrates that we have due regard to the need to;

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination
  • Advance equality of opportunity
  • Foster good relations

These specific duties have been considered in relation to all our policies and procedures in school. Our objectives will be reported on and published as part of the Governance public documents available for inspection under the Freedom of Information Regulations and Data Protection duties and in the school newsletter to parents.

Our Equality Objectives are set, reviewed and published annually in our School Development Plan.

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