School Logo

Ashworth

Nursery School

Where Happy Children Learn

Safeguarding and Child Protection

Picture 1

Safeguarding and child protection

 

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as: protecting children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

Safeguarding is not just about protecting children from deliberate harm.  It relates to aspects of school life including:

 

  • pupils’ health and safety
  • the use of reasonable force
  • meeting the needs of pupils with medical conditions
  • providing first aid
  • educational visits
  • intimate care
  • internet or online safety
  • appropriate arrangements to ensure school security, taking into account the local context

 

Are you concerned that a child is being abused or neglected?

If you are concerned about a child and you feel they are being abused, neglected or at risk of abuse/neglect, then you should consider making a safeguarding child referral.

 

Contact Blackburn with Darwen Children's Advice and Duty Service (CADS) for confidential advice and consultation.

Monday to Friday 08.45-17.00 please call: 

01254 666400

If you are calling outside these hours please contact our Emergency Duty Team on 01254 587547.

 

You can contact the Blackburn with Darwen Local Safeguarding Children Board by following this link:

http://www.lscb.org.uk

 

You can also report your concerns online:

NSPCC Website: www.nspcc.org.uk

Or you can also speak to:

NSPCC 0800 800 5000

Childline 0800 1111

 

 

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

 

At Ashworth Nursery School we are committed to ensuring the children's safety and wellbeing needs are always met. In order to achieve this, we have designated safeguarding leaders. If you would like to discuss a safeguarding issue please contact any member of the team and we will assist you.

 

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Victoria Burnside, the Deputy Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Sarah Tattersall.

 

 

Prevent Strategy

As part of Ashworth Nursery School's commitment to safeguarding and child protection we fully support the government's Prevent Strategy, and take guidance from Teaching Approaches to help build resilience to extremism.

 

What is the Prevent Strategy?

The Prevent strategy is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists, supporting terrorism, fundamentalism or extremist behaviours. It:-

  • responds to the ideological challenge we face from terrorism and aspects of extremism, and the threat we face from those who promote these views
  • provides practical help to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support
  • works with a wide range of sectors (including education, criminal justice, faith, charities, online and health).

 

Prevent Duty Lead

Our Prevent Duty Lead is Mrs Victoria Burnside
 

Internet and Online Safety

 

Online Safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Ashworth Nursery School. We have extensive security measures in place in school to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material. Our children have access to a progressive online safety curriculum that ensures that children are able to safely achieve the Early Years Foundation Stage, Early Learning Goals by the end of the Foundation Stage, in particular:

 

  • Children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. They select and use technology for particular purposes.

 

 

To ensure children have access to an age-appropriate Online Safety curriculum that is flexible, relevant and engages their interest; depending on the child’s ability, we:

 

  • Introduce age appropriate rules which are displayed for adults in the building and are referred to regularly
  • Teach children to respect others when taking images of video
  • Talk about what to do if they see anything they are unhappy about on the computer/ device
  • Model using webcams safely and ensure reference to appropriate dress
  • Talk about being kind to each other when using technology to communicate
  • Talk about how people stay safe when using technology e.g. not talking to strangers, not giving away their home address
  • Before using a new device or online resource, children are taught how to use it safely and appropriately. This is reinforced regularly.

 

We can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work with parents to ensure the Online Safety message is consistent. It is important that parents speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online.

 

It’s essential to be realistic - banning the internet or technology will not work and it often makes a child less likely to report a problem. Education around safe use is essential.

 

Online Safety Lead

Our Online Safety Lead is Mrs Victoria Burnside

 

 

Operation Encompass

 

Operation Encompass is a police and education early information sharing partnership enabling schools to offer immediate support for children and young people experiencing domestic abuse. Information is shared by the police with a school's trained Key Adult (DSL) prior to the start of the next school day after officers have attended a domestic abuse incident thus enabling appropriate support to be given, dependent upon the needs and wishes of the child.

Children experiencing domestic abuse are negatively impacted by this exposure; domestic abuse has been identified as an Adverse Childhood Experience and can lead to emotional, physical and psychological harm. Operation Encompass aims to mitigate this harm by enabling immediate support, making a child's day better and giving them a better tomorrow.

Operation Encompass believes that children are victims of domestic abuse in their own right and should be acknowledged as such.

If you would like some more information you can view online at https://www.operationencompass.org/

Useful Links

Top