The arrangements for safeguarding are effective. Staff know pupils well and have all completed the relevant safeguarding training, which includes awareness of radicalisation.
What is safeguarding?
Safeguarding is our duty of care to minimise the risk of harm to children regardless of their age, gender, religion or ethnicity.
The purpose of Someries Infant School's safeguarding policy is to provide a secure framework for our workforce in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of those pupils who attend our school.
The policy aims to ensure that:
- All our pupils are safe and protected from harm
- Other elements of provision, policies and guidelines are in place to enable our pupils to feel safe and adopt safe practices
- Staff, pupils, governors, visitors, volunteers, parents and carers are aware of the expected behaviours and the school’s legal responsibilities in relation to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our pupils
The purpose of Someries Infant School’s safeguarding policy is to ensure that procedures are in place so that every child who attends our school is and feels safe and protected.
Read our safeguarding policy
Someries Infant School is part of a jointly run scheme between Luton Council, Bedfordshire Police and our school called RELAY. This local scheme is in response to the national scheme known as Operation Encompass.
RELAY has been set-up to help schools provide support to children who may have been affected by incidents of domestic abuse in the home. We know that children can be significantly physically or emotionally harmed when they are involved in, present at or witness to domestic abuse.
Under this scheme, the school will receive notification from Luton Council following any domestic abuse incidents reported by Bedfordshire Police where a child in the school may have been affected.
The school has designated Mrs Ann O’Donnell as the Key Lead for this scheme. As our Key Lead (known as the Nominated RELAY Single Point of Contact, or SPOC), Mr O’Donnell has received guidance and training from Luton Council to allow her to use the information that has been shared in confidence and to make sure the right support is available for children and their families.
Click here to read further information about Operation Encompass
Our duty of care to minimise the risk of harm to pupils in our school extends their use of the internet.
We have created a comprehensive website which provides a range of information and guidance related to keeping your child safe whilst online.
You can access this website by clicking here.
This policy is intended to ensure that all children are able to use the internet appropriately and safely.
Further information relating to e-safeguarding at Someries Infant School can be found by visiting the e-safety area of our website.
Read our e-safeguarding policy
Protecting children from extremism and radicalisation
As part of Someries Infant School's ongoing safeguarding and child protection duties we are fully behind the government's Prevent Strategy.
From 1 July 2015 all schools are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in the exercise of their functions, to have 'due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism'. This duty is known as the Prevent Duty for Schools.
At Someries, we build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values and enabling our pupils to challenge extremist views at an age-appropraite level. You can read about what we do to promote British values here. You can read about our My Big Voice sessions which develop our pupils’ ability to answer ‘big’ questions and to develop their moral and social awareness here. We also hold the International Values-based Education Trust's Quality Mark for the values-based education we provide our pupils; you can read more about this here.
The statutory guidance refers to the importance of Prevent awareness training to equip staff to identify children at risk of being drawn into terrorism and to challenge extremist ideas. The Home Office has developed a core training product for this purpose – Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent (WRAP). All our staff have received WRAP training relating to what Prevent is about and how to deal with any issues they may see inside or outside school.
You can access government advice on protecting children from extremism and radicalisation by accessing the wesbites below.
Preventing extremism and radicalisation strategy
We take seriously our duty contained in the Counter Terrorism and Security Act (2015), to prevent pupils and those working in school from being radicalised or drawn into extremism. We follow the advice contained within the Prevent Duty (June 2015) in conjunction with the other duties, which we already have for keeping children safe in school.
Click here to read our preventing extremism and radicalisation strategy
Why radicalisation is a child protection issue
The NSPCC has written an article explaining why radicalisation is a child protection issue.
Click here to read a copy of the NSPCC's radicalisation report