Safeguarding Contact Information:

Headteacher Mrs Cozadinos – Designated Lead

EYFS Mrs Unsworth – Additional Lead

Child Protection Governor Mrs Howgate

 

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If you have a concern about a child please contact Mrs Mala Cozadinos or Mrs Karen Unsworth via the School Office on 01844 346189 or alternatively if out of school hours, weekends or holidays click on the button above.

Statement of Safeguarding

At Great Kimble CofE School, the health, safety and well-being of every child are of paramount concern, irrespective of ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, gender, gender re-assignment, religion, belief / non-belief or background.

We are committed to ensuring that positive action is taken where necessary to redress the balance of inequality that may exist – for further details please refer to our Equalities and Cohesion policy which is available on the school website.

We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. Our aim is for children to enjoy their time as pupils in this school.

We want to work in partnership with parents to help children achieve their full potential and make a positive contribution to the world they will be part of in the future.

To promote a safe environment for pupils, our selection and recruitment policy includes all checks on staff and regular volunteers’ suitability, including Disclosure and Barring Service Checks, as recommended by Buckinghamshire County Council in accordance with current legislation.

In accordance with our responsibilities under section 175/157 of the Education Act 2002 and “Keeping Children Safe in Education” 2016, we have a Designated Safeguarding Lead for Child Protection (Mrs Mala Cozadinos) and an additional Safeguarding Lead for Child Protection (Mrs Karen Unsworth) who are both members of the senior leadership team, and have received appropriate training for this role. It is their responsibility to ensure that all staff in contact with children receives child protection awareness training on a regular basis. There may be occasions when our concern about a child requires us to consult other agencies. Whilst we would always aim to work in partnership with parents and guardians, there may be exceptions to this when concerns are raised for the protection of a child. On very rare occasions Social Care, whilst undertaking an investigation under Section 47 of The Children Act 1989, may want to speak to a child without parents’ knowledge. This would be a decision made in collaboration with partner agencies and would only be done in situations where a child might be at immediate risk. To gain consent at this point may increase the level of risk to the child or cause evidence of a crime to be lost. All staff undertake regular Child Protection training and take part in Workshops to Raise the Awareness of Prevent.

The Prevent Duty

Recently the DfE has reinforced the need to ‘create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.’ Diversity is one of our curriculum drivers. We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Religious education lessons and PSHE  (Personal, Social and Health Education) lessons reinforce messages of respect and tolerance for others. Our daily collective worship, whilst mostly Christian, reinforces our values of thankfulness, forgiveness, respect and endurance. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within school.  Additionally we promote fundamental British Values through:

Democracy: we listen to pupil and parent voice. Our school values make it clear that children are expected to take into account the views of others. We have a school council: each child on the school council is voted in by their class.

The Rule of Law: children are taught the difference between right and wrong, and taught the reasons behind our expectations and rules. They are taught to make the correct choice.

Individual Liberty: children are actively encouraged to make choices knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make informed choices. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely for example through our e safety and PSHE lessons.

Mutual Respect: Respect is one of our 4 school values: children are taught that their behaviour has an impact on others, and that we should treat everyone as we would like to be treated ourselves.

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs: our programme of collective worship includes Bible readings, prayers and songs. Additionally our collective worship celebrates the major festivals of other religions: pupils of other faiths are encouraged to talk within our worship about their own experiences. Our programme is designed to help pupils become aware of the multicultural world in which they live.

As a school we are in a prime situation to recognise and support young people and bring the strategy to life and keep our pupils safe. The procedures the school follows have been laid down by the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board, and the school has adopted a Child Protection Policy in line with this for the safety of all. If you want to know more about our procedures, please speak to the Headteacher, Mrs Mala Cozadinos, or your child’s class teacher: the Policy can be found on the school website.

Child Protection Leaflets

Please find below useful links to keep your child safe online. 

Water Safety

  • Top tips for a safe and splashy summer
    • Children need to be supervised around water. They might understand instructions but are likely to forget if they are having fun or are excited.
    • It’s safest to empty a paddling pool after use and securely cover water tanks and drains. On beaches, check when the tide will be high and make sure that you won’t be cut off by the rising tide.
    • Inflatable dinghies or lilos are a well-known hazard – it’s easy for them to be blown out to sea.
    • Teach children how to swim, but keep in mind that lessons don’t make your child ‘drown-proof.’ A recent straw poll of 90 Year 6 children in a local school showed that 10% were unable to swim.
    • Teach children water safety habits. Children should not run, push others under water, jump on others, dive or jump in shallow water or swim during lightning storms or other bad weather.