Safeguarding and Child Protection
Whitchurch Primary School is committed to Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of all of its pupils. Each pupil’s welfare is of paramount importance. Find out more about our safeguarding and child protection procedures here.
Safeguarding and Child Protection
At Whitchurch we recognise that some children may be especially vulnerable to abuse e.g. those with Special Educational Needs, those living in adverse circumstances. We recognise that children who are abused or neglected may find it difficult to develop a sense of self worth and to view the world in a positive way. Whilst at school, their behaviour may be challenging. We recognise that some children who have experienced abuse may harm others. We will always take a considered and sensitive approach in order that we can support all of our pupils.
We take the welfare of our pupils across all aspects of their life very seriously. We have an extensive network of support in school and a variety of ways pupils can access the help that they need. We have regular sessions in schools to signpost children to this help and to develop their understanding of their rights. We are a Unicef Right Respecting School and promote this throughout daily life. At Whitchurch we also welcome regular visitors to help children learn and understand how to keep themselves healthy and safe and how to seek help if needed.
The school pays full regard to DfES guidance ‘Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education’ Jan 2007. We ensure that all appropriate measures are applied in relation to everyone who works in the school who is likely to be perceived by the children as a safe and trustworthy adult including e.g. volunteers and staff employed by contractors. Safer recruitment practice includes scrutinising applicants, verifying identity and academic or vocational qualifications, obtaining professional and character references, checking previous employment history and ensuring that a candidate has the health and physical capacity for the job. It also includes undertaking interviews and, where appropriate, ISA and Criminal Records Bureau checks.
Important Documents and Policies
Designated Safeguarding Staff at Whitchurch
- Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL): Mrs Christina Nicola
- Deputy Designated Senior Person (DDSL): Mrs Joanne Daswani
- Deputy Designated Senior Person (DDSL): Mrs Maureen Rafferty
- Designated Lead Governor for Safeguarding: Mr Chris Parkinson-Best
- Deputy Designated Safeguarding Governor: Fr Paul Reece
Keeping safe online is a vital part of safeguarding the pupils of Whitchurch Primary School. We have an extensive E-Safety page that parents can use to help support the work we do in school in this area and to help teach their children basic online safety at home.
All parents can come under pressure or stress from time to time, and it can even lead them to lose their temper. Physical punishment is however never an effective way to discipline your child. Read about the impact of physical punishment on your child and family here.
Extremism and Radicalisation
It is vital that staff and parents are aware of the possible danger of extremism and radicalisation of children, predominantly but not solely through online activities. We are committed to supporting parents and pupils to be aware of these dangers. The document below provides further information on this and more support can be found on our E-Safety page. Many of our staff have recently attended training in relation to the Counter Terrorism and Security act in order to understand how best to support and protect children against extremism and radicalisation according to Prevent Duty guidelines.