Farsley Springbank Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at school. We believe all staff and visitors have an important and unique role to play in child protection.
At Farsley Springbank we believe:
Schools can contribute to the prevention of abuse.
All children have the right to be protected from harm.
Children need support which matches their individual needs, including those who may have experienced abuse.
Children need to be safe and feel safe in school.
At Farsley Springbank there are six members of staff who are trained to be designated safeguarding officers: Mrs Pugh (Designated Safeguarding Lead and Deputy Headteacher), Miss Percival (Deputy Safeguarding Lead and Headteacher), Mrs Grime (SENDCo), Miss Rowley-Smith (Class Teacher and SENDCo), Mrs Walton (Learning Mentor) and Miss Ferguson (Class Teacher). If you have any concerns regarding safeguarding and child protection, please contact one of the designated members of staff.
To report a concern if you are a member of the public, you can call children's social work services on (0113) 2224403 Monday - Friday 9:00am -5:00pm.
If you think a child is in immediate danger please dial 999 and ask for the police
If you are involved with a child or family in a professional capacity you can call the Duty & Advice team on 0113 376 0336, Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 6.00pm. If the issue can’t wait until the next working day please contact the children’s Emergency Duty Team on 0113 376 0469.
You can also email the EDT: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any concerns about safeguarding at Farsley Springbank, contact the local authority designated office on (0113) 2478652.
Staff are expected to report any causes for concern to the Designated Safeguarding Staff using either a secure online system or a written pro-forma. Concerns may range from children being visibly upset to persistent lateness to children "disclosing" concerns.
Where the school has concerns about a child, the Designated Safeguarding Lead, will act as a source of support, advice and expertise to staff on matters of safety and safeguarding and when deciding whether to make a referral by liaising with relevant agencies. In general, we will discuss concerns with parents/carers before approaching other agencies, and will seek their consent to making a referral to another agency. Appropriate staff will approach parents / carers after consultation with the Designated Safeguarding Lead. However, there may be occasions when school will contact another agency before informing parents / carers, if the school decides that contacting them may increase the risk of significant harm to the child.
Child Protection information will be dealt with in a confidential manner.
Leeds Joint Agency Protocol for Domestic Violence and Abuse: School Notifications (DVA
Notifications Process) has been established to support children who are resident in households where there are incidents of domestic violence and abuse. We know that children can be significantly physically or emotionally hurt by being either present in the house or directly witnessing an incident of domestic violence.
The DVA Notification Process has been designed to provide confidential notification to schools on any incidents of domestic violence and abuse which occur within a child’s household that might have an impact on a child whilst they are in school.
The process will ensure that a member of staff is trained to allow them to use the information that has been shared, in confidence, and ensure that school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children, or their families, who have been involved in or witnessed a domestic violence or abuse incident.
We are keen to offer the best support possible to our pupils and we believe this is going to be extremely beneficial for all those involved.
If you would like further support or information about domestic violence and abuse please go to www.leedsdomesticviolenceandabuse.co.uk
General information about safeguarding-related policies and practices within our school can be found in the Policies section of the website. Guidance and advice about how to keep your child safe online can be found in the Online Safety section of the website. Links to both sections are below.