Here at Colebrook Infant Academy we take seriously our responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of the children and young people in its care.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:
All adults working in our school maintain an attitude of ' it could happen here'. We recognise that staff, because of their contact with and knowledge of children in their care, are well placed to identify abuse or neglect and offer support to children in need.
Our safeguarding and child protection policy can be found here
We will contact parents/carers should safeguarding concerns arise about their child, unless to do so would increase the risk of harm to the child. In this instance, we take further advice and guidance from our children’s social care team.
BKAT Safeguarding statement can be found here.
Contact details for Children’s Social Care
We maintain contemporaneous records of all safeguarding and child protection concerns, actions and communications.
We work in line with the DfE statutory guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe In Education’ and follow the information-sharing guidance included in this document and in ‘Information-sharing : advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers.’
Filtering and Monitoring
We take seriously our responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and provide them with a safe environment in which to learn. We do all that we can to limit children’s exposure to risks from the school’s IT system.
As part of this process, we ensure our school has appropriate filtering and monitoring systems in place and that the effectiveness is reviewed regularly.
Our staff have an awareness and understanding of the provisions in place and know how to escalate concerns when identified.
Mrs Annette Shakespeare as Headteacher and Mrs Katie Palmer as governor are responsible for managing filtering and monitoring systems.
Provision for filtering and monitoring is reviewed annually.
Harmful and/or inappropriate content are blocked without unreasonably impacting teaching and learning.
Contact during partial school closure
During partial school closures/ lockdowns, teachers will invite parents and children to attend weekly Teams meetings where the child’s wellbeing is observed and discussed. If parents fail to attend the meetings, a phone call is made home by the class teacher and then the Headteacher if unsuccessful. If it is not possible to make contact or to see the child on the screen, the DSL will call the Safeguarding Hub on 01793 466903 and report concerns.
Our safeguarding team
Worried about a child?
If you have any concerns about the welfare of a child, please contact the school office to arrange to speak in confidence to a member of our safeguarding team.
Mrs A Shakespeare - Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs L Murray - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mr Marc Waterman - Chair of Governors
Gary Evans - CEO Blue Kite Academy Trust
Other useful contact numbers
NSPCC 0808 800 5000
Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command 0370 496 7622 – for reporting concerns about online abuse
Childline 0800 1111
Never keep concerns about a child's safety to yourself.
The school is taking part in a project that will run jointly between schools and Wiltshire Police: ENCOMPASS is the reporting to schools, by the next school day, when a child or young person has been affected by a domestic incident. ENCOMPASS will ensure that a member of the school staff, known as a Key Adult, will receive the information in confidence, while ensuring that the school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children, or their families, who have been involved in, affected by or exposed to a domestic abuse incident. We are keen to offer the best support possible to all of our pupils and we believe that this will help us to do so.
For more information, please click here.
Click on the links below for hints, tips and advice on how to keep your child safe online.
For the latest Keeping Children Safe in Education information, click here
Support for Mental Health
Domestic Abuse Helplinehttps://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI7rjq7J7H6AIVGeDtCh2hUw-NEAAYAiAAEgLZwvD_BwE