The Kingsmead School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment
Our school feels it is of the utmost importance to have good systems for protecting children and safeguarding their welfare, throughout all activities which the school undertakes. This means that staff and volunteers must be alert to possible concerns about every pupil, and to report these in a proper fashion. The school has a safeguarding policy: parents will find a copy of this document on the website under policies.
Kingsmead School actively works with agencies where to share information to keep your child safe.
It is important for parents to be aware that:
Staff and volunteers in the school have a duty to report concerns about a child, whether this means the child may be in need of additional support of some kind or whether it is thought that a child may have been abused or be at risk of abuse.
There are four categories of abuse: Physical, sexual, emotional, neglect – however domestic violence is also a child protection issue and sits under the abusive category. In some cases the school is obliged to refer to Children’s Social Care, so an investigation can be carried out to assess a childs needs and ensure they are safe. In many cases there will already have been discussions between school staff and the parents of the child, and the situation and concerns will not be a surprise to the parents. However, parents may not be told that the school has referred their child to Children’s Social Care if it is thought that this might put the child at risk.
Children’s Social Care tries to carry out its enquiries in a sensitive fashion. They have to gather information and are open with parents about the steps being taken.
If you think your child may have been abused you can contact the police on 101 or Children’s Social Care on 01332 641172. If you think the abuse may have happened in school, contact the Mike Pride, Executive Head Teacher or Franky Boyland, Designated Safeguarding Lead on 01332 973830 or via the Report a concern button on the website. If you think your child has been hurt, arrange to visit your doctor or go to A&E. Comfort and reassure your child.
If school staff need to express concerns about a child or refer a child to Children’s Social Care, it is understood that this can cause distress or anger for the child’s parents. It is important that all parties – parents and school staff – try to discuss these matters as calmly and sensibly as possible.
All Safeguarding practice is underpinned by two key documents, which can be found here:
Kingsmead School supports, contributes and actively abides by information and advice provided by Derby Safeguarding Children Board (DCSB)
Safeguarding Contacts at The Kingsmead School
Franky Boyland – Designated Safeguarding Officer
Ellena Street – Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer
Safeguarding Kingsmead School Derby
Kingsmead offer support all year round, including school holidays. You can get hold of the Safeguarding Officer by clicking on the report a concern button the on the right hand side of the page – a message will automatically come to the Head Teacher, Deputy Head Teacher and Safeguarding Officer – one of us will get back to you and offer advice and/or guidance if needed.
You can also send a message using our Facebook page as this equally gets to us any time.
If you have a concern that requires attention out of school hours you can contact Careline (out of hours) 01332 786968 or the Police 101/999
Please be aware that there may be times when it is necessary to signpost or refer you to other services that best meet your needs.