Keeping our children safe
Safeguarding is high priority at John Randall Primary School & Nursery, we consider the safety and welfare of your children the most important job we have. We do this by being understanding, vigilant, respectful and supportive towards our families.
All children have the right to always feel safe and secure in school and at home. We adopt the mindset that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility, and it could happen here!
There are times when children don’t always feel safe and when this is the case, we work very closely with the Telford and Wrekin Safeguarding Partnership team; Family Connect and all safeguarding agencies to rebuild that sense of trust and safety for our children and families. We have a culture of getting the right help at the right time in line with click the link: Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023 and click the link: Children’s Safeguarding and Family Support (CSFS) Director’s update 2 March 2023 – Telford & Wrekin Council and click the link: Telford and Wrekin Safeguarding Partnership (telfordsafeguardingpartnership.org.uk)
We do not hesitate to contact agencies, including Family Connect (01952 385385), the NSPCC helpline (0800 136663) and police. if we feel a child or adult may need support.
The school’s awareness of the safeguarding risks pertinent within our local community enables us to ensure children and families get the help they need, starting with our early help support for domestic abuse, neglect, exploitation, and child-on-child abuse.
All adults who come into John Randall have access to Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023 documents and to our own safeguarding procedures and policies. Click the link: Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy 2023
Our Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL’S) in school are:
Maria Pugh – Designated Safeguarding Lead & Online Safety Lead
Emily Guess – Deputy Designated Safeguarding, Early Help Lead, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (Headteacher), Designated teacher for looked-after and previously looked after children Lead.
Laura Baynham – Deputy Designated Safeguarding
Carol Cooke – Safeguarding Governor & Prevent Governor
Kerry Tudor – Online safety support Lead
Nikki Barnett – EYFS safeguarding awareness
Common signs of child abuse
Click the link: Spotting the signs of child abuse | NSPCC
Some common signs that there may be something concerning happening in a child’s life include:
- unexplained changes in behaviour or personality
- becoming withdrawn
- seeming anxious
- becoming uncharacteristically aggressive
- lacks social skills and has few friends, if any
- poor bond or relationship with a parent
- knowledge of adult issues inappropriate for their age
- running away or going missing
- always choosing to wear clothes which cover their body.
These signs don’t necessarily mean that a child is being abused, there could be other things happening in their life which are affecting their behaviour – but we can help you to assess the situation.
You may also notice some concerning behaviour from adults who you know have children in their care, which makes you concerned for the child/children’s safety and wellbeing.
Types of Abuse
Click the link: Types of Child Abuse & How to Prevent Them | NSPCC
Four main areas of abuse:
Other forms of abuse
- Bullying and cyberbullying
- Child sexual exploitation
- Child trafficking
- Criminal exploitation and gangs
- Domestic Violence
- Female genital mutilation
If you have a concern or suspect a child/family needs support, you should:
- phone Family Connect 385385
- speak to a DSL/staff in school
- Call the police
Telford and Wrekin Threshold click the link: Threshold Guidance 2023 – Telford and Wrekin Safeguarding Partnership (telfordsafeguardingpartnership.org.uk)
Child exploitation and online protection click the link: CEOP Safety Centre
Online safety concerns click the link: E-safety and Useful Websites for Parents – John Randall Primary School & Nursery