Our Designated Safeguarding Officer is:
Mrs E. Taylor
Our school recognises our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. We will be alert to signs of abuse and neglect and we will follow our procedures and policies to ensure that children receive effective support and protection.
We keep children safe by:
- Having an up to date child protection policy.
- Check the suitability of all our staff that work with children through stringent checking procedures.
- Have an open door policy where concerns can be shared in confidence.
- Ensure all our staff have up to date child protection and safeguarding training.
- Share information with appropriate agencies if we have concerns.
- Have three identified members of staff who have responsibility for safeguarding.
- Have strong links with promotion of e-saftey throughout the school.
Please click here for our policies:
- Safeguarding Policy
- E-Safety Policy
- To access the North East Lincolnshire Safeguarding Website, please click here.
What do I do if I have a concern about the safety, care or welfare of a child or young person?
If you have a concern about a child or young person, you can contact:
- Our Pastoral Leader and Designated Safeguarding Officer is Mrs E. Taylor.
- Our Learning Mentor is Mrs C. Towill
- Mrs C. Plaskitt, Headteacher, also has safeguarding responsibility.
Or you can:
- Contact the FFAP (Families First Action Point) team on 01472 326292.
- Contact the police on 101 or 999 if in an emergency.
IF YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE SAFETY OR WELLBEING OF ANY CHILD YOU KNOW, YOU SHOULD ACT WITHOUT DELAY.
Many people worry that their concerns or suspicions may be wrong or that they are interfering unnecessarily or that someone else might report it. Our advice would be to report in any case to the school or to the MASH team where they can give advice and the professionals can process the information you have. Safeguarding children is everyones responsibility and it is always better to be safe, by reporting anything, than sorry!
What are the signs of child abuse?
No parent ever wants to think about the possibility of their child (or any child) becoming a victim of abuse, and most children never have to experience this. Even so, it is important for parents to be aware of the possibility and to to know that help is available if the unthinkable happens.
If you notice anything that concerns you, talk to your child to see if you can find out what is happening. Remember, if your child is being harmed in any way, they may be too frightened or reluctant to talk to you. If your child becomes distressed or you are not happy with the explantations, you could talk to an adult you trust or call a helpline or children’s services for advice. Our teaching teams will always be at hand if you wanted to discuss your concerns.
Some signs to look out for are:
- Bruises or other injuries;
- A change in behaviour – from quiet to loud, or from happy to withdrawn;
- Pain or discomfort;
- Fear of a particular person, or a reluctance to be alone with them;
- Secrecy around a relationship with a particular person;
- Reluctance to discuss where they go, or who they are with;
- Sexual talk or knowledge beyond their years;
- Being watchful, or always on edge, losing interest in their appearance, hobbies or family life;
- Alcohol or drug taking;
- Having money and refusing to say where it has come from;
- Wetting the bed;
- Becoming clingy.
There are many types of abuse. These include physical, emotional, sexual and neglect.
Physical Abuse: Physical abuse is deliberately hurting a child causing injuries such as bruises, broken bones, burns or cuts.
It isn’t accidental – children who are physically abused suffer violence such as being hit, kicked, poisoned, burned, slapped or having objects thrown at them. Shaking or hitting babies can cause non-accidental head injuries (NAHI). Sometimes parents or carers will make up or cause the symptoms of illness in their child, perhaps giving them medicine they don’t need and making the child unwell, this is known as fabricated or induced illness (FII).
There no excuse for physically abusing a child. It causes serious, and often long-lasting, harm ?and in severe cases, death.
Emotional Abuse:Emotional abuse is the ongoing emotional maltreatment or emotional neglect of a child. It’s sometimes called psychological abuse and can seriously damage a child emotional health and development.
Emotional abuse can involve deliberately trying to scare or humiliate a child or isolating or ignoring them.
Children who are emotionally abused are usually suffering another type of abuse or neglect at the same time ?but this isn’t always the case.
Sexual Abuse:A child is sexually abused when they are forced or persuaded to take part in sexual activities. This doesn’t have to be physical contact, and it can happen online. Sometimes the child won’t understand that what’s happening to them is abuse. They may not even understand that it’s wrong.
Neglect: Neglect is the ongoing failure to meet a child’s basic needs and is the most common form of child abuse. A child may be left hungry or dirty, without adequate clothing, shelter, supervision, medical or health care.A child may be put in danger or not protected from physical or emotional harm.They may not get the love, care and attention they need from their parents.
A child who’s neglected will often suffer from other abuse as well. Neglect is dangerous and can cause serious, long-term damage – even death.
There are many other types of abuse. Visit the NSPCC website for more information.
Visitors to the school
It is of the utmost importance that we consider who is appropriate other than staff to have a physical presence in the school.
Whilst we welcome and encourage parents and carers to attend parent interviews and events to celebrate their children’s time and progress at Grange Primary School we have to be mindful of managing the movement of individuals within the school. Other than official events when we welcome parents and carers to come and join us there should be no one other than staff and authorised DBS personnel in the school. This is in line with Safeguarding.
Parents and carers bringing children into school in the morning and collecting them at the end of the day should only be accessing their child’s class. We encourage parents and carers to come in and discuss with us matters relating to their children whenever the need arises. Please speak to a member of the Office Team who will be able to arrange this for you. Also, if your child now arrives after registration, a member of staff will escort children to their classes, or they can go on their own, so as to ensure that we are applying Safeguarding protocol. Your child’s safety is paramount and we ask for your support in maintaining safety across the school