Safeguarding / Early Help

Renishaw Primary School is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, ensuring they are safe both at school as well as home. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment and that consistent, effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at school.
We follow the procedures set out by the Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board in the Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Procedures (www.derbyshirescb.org.uk), Derbyshire County Council, the DfE and we actively support the Government’s Prevent Agenda to counter radicalisation and extremism.

Our Senior Designated Person is Mr Simon Fuller, Head Teacher.

Our Deputies are Mr Gregg Harrison – Assistant Head Teacher and Ms Samantha Wardle – SENCO .

Our nominated Governor for Child Protection and Safeguarding is Julie Meiner – Vice Chair.

Our first priority is of course your child(ren)’s welfare and the school is required to take any reasonable action to ensure the safety of its pupils. Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when we have concerns about a child(ren)’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns are discussed with a child(ren)’s parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the welfare of said child(ren). In a case such as this the school is obliged to follow the  Child Protection procedures and inform Social Care of the concern.

Prevent Duty Guidance

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Multi Agency Team – Eckington And Dronfield

These teams bring together staff from different professional backgrounds, such as education support, children’s centres, health and social care under a single manager who oversees support for children, young people and families within the local community.

The team works closely with local schools and other local organisations such as Job Centre Plus, GP’s and community groups in supporting local people.

The main role of the team is to support children, young people and families who have additional needs, to work with specialist services such as disability teams, and to help children and families become healthier and meet their full potential.

The creation of new teams makes it simpler for families to access and use support services.

Northeast Derbyshire Family Support Centre,
The Grange House 88 Southgate
Eckington
Derbyshire S21 4FT

Telephone 01629 537169 Email address MAT.Eckin@derbyshire.gov.uk
Age groups: Birth To 19 years
Open Monday to Friday 09:00 – 17:00

What is Early Help?

At Renishaw Primary School, we understand that from time to time family life can have its complications and sometimes families may need some extra help.  To support and advise you at such times we have an Early Help Offer. Together with other local schools, we have started our own Early Help Team to look after and support those families in the are in need of help and advice. Mel, Caroline and Charlotte, regularly come in oto school doing drop in visits each month on a Thursday morning.  

We believe that by working together we can better support children and families. Sometimes, families need support from a wide range of agencies or people, for example, health services, housing services, family support workers, social workers and local police.  As a school, we may be able to signpost a range of services to support families beyond the educational setting. 

Early Help services aim to both provide advice and/or intervene where there is evidence of emerging needs with the objective of preventing escalation to higher level services. 

We have been allocated a small amount of Early Help funding from Derbyshire County Council to provide an integrated Early Help Service. Our primary aim is to identify support early, and to make sure that appropriate plans are put into place. This will require working with the school staff and other agencies if needed. We will also use existing interventions already in place within the school setting.

What support do we offer?

Simon Fuller is our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and is able to carry out Early Help Assessments at school.   

With the direct support of our DSL, our team of very experienced Teaching Assistants are providing additional pastoral and nurture support where needed, through regular contact with our families; this allows parents/carers to share concerns and to maintain communication between school and home on a planned, regular basis if needed, ensuring that children and families are receiving the best support possible.   

We can offer advice on a range of concerns or can signpost parents to other sources of information, help and support. 

What sort of concerns might parents share with us?

A wide range of issues such as behaviour management, domestic abuse, mental health issues, housing concerns, financial worries and debts, mobility difficulties, parents in prison, bereavement and loss, cyber bullying – in fact any concerns which you are worried might be having a negative impact on your children. 

How will we know when Early Help is needed?

Parents, carers, children and staff may tell us that support is required, or practitioners may identify that there are emerging needs and services might be required, as there are concerns about a child. 

We will assess the needs and this may identify that an Early Help Assessment is needed and the subsequent action that needs to be taken. 

How will families be supported through our Early Help Offer?

Children and families will be supported and reviewed through the Early Help Assessment format, which is currently the assessment process used by the Local Authority.  Our Designated Safeguarding Lead can meet informally with parents/carers and children in the first instance and this can be followed by completing the Early Help Assessment.  Following the assessment, families may be supported by a range of professionals from within and beyond school.  Team Around the Family meetings may be held in school to identify what is working well, what needs to change and to agree actions to help and support families. 

Gaining the views, wishes and feelings of the child is central to our safeguarding policy, and our team of staff in school, also carry out direct work with children, for example completing Voice of the Child. 

We are unable to use the DCC Mosaic system which would enable us to enter case notes and documents. Access to the system would also flag up concerns. As this is unavailable to us, we will contact the local Social Care Office, when needed, or the Starting Point advice line. 

The Early Help Assessment will be passed to Starting Point, the county’s single point access for safeguarding referrals, where there has been no improvement to the welfare of the child, and there are escalating concerns around the safety and well-being of a child. Where there are immediate safeguarding concerns, the case will be referred to Starting Point following consultation with the Designated Safeguarding Leads in School.  

We also provide support for individual pupils through the Derbyshire Positive Play and Nurture programme. We work closely with other agencies who can provide more specialist support for our families, for example, CAMHS and Crossroads.  We can also signpost support groups and parenting courses on offer in the local area. 

When will Early Help be available through the school?

The Early Help offer provided by the school will be available during term time only.  Our Designated Safeguarding Lead may attend prearranged meetings during school holidays if the need has been identified for open cases.  In order to support families during holiday times, we will signpost agencies and activities who are available when school is closed. 

Drop in sessions,. Autumn Term 2021

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 JUNE 9th 
 JULY 7th 

Starting Point:

If you are concerned that a child is suffering or at risk of significant harm, please contact Starting Point: 

01629 533190 

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Domestic Abuse Notice

This school will receive from Derbyshire Police a notification of every incident that has been reported to them or known to them of domestic abuse where a child is known to be living in the household.

This is a Derbyshire Police initiative working with Derbyshire County Council Children’s Services. Safe guarding is everyone’s responsibility and this is to help schools with responses to domestic abuse by helping them support children and their families exposed to or involved in domestic abuse.

This may mean talking to pupils about their experiences, raising awareness through classroom discussion and schools activities, helping victims and families by providing to them signposting information.

This school is committed to protecting children and young people and working with partners to stop domestic abuse.

What is PREVENT?

From 1 July 2015 all schools, registered early years childcare providers and registered later years childcare providers (referred to in this advice as ‘childcare providers’) are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in the exercise of their functions, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This duty is known as the Prevent duty. It applies to a wide range of public-facing bodies. Bodies to which the duty applies must have regard to the statutory guidance. Paragraphs 57-76 of the guidance are concerned specifically with schools and childcare providers.

The Prevent duty: what it means for schools and childcare providers In order for schools and childcare providers to fulfil the Prevent duty, it is essential that staff are able to identify children who may be vulnerable to radicalisation, and know what to do when they are identified. Protecting children from the risk of radicalisation is seen as part of our wider safeguarding duties at Marsh Lane Primary School, and is similar in nature to protecting children from other potential harm. The teaching staff build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values and enabling them to challenge extremist views. It is important to emphasise that the Prevent duty is not intended to stop pupils debating controversial issues. On the contrary, schools should provide a safe space in which children, young people and staff can understand the risks associated with terrorism/extremism and develop the knowledge and skills to be able to challenge extremist arguments. For early years childcare providers, the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage sets standards for learning, development and care for children from 0-5, thereby assisting their personal, social and emotional development and understanding of the world.

Staff training The statutory guidance refers to the importance of Prevent awareness training to equip staff to identify children at risk of being drawn into terrorism and to challenge extremist ideas. The Home Office has developed a core training product for this purpose – Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent (WRAP). All staff who have regular face to face contact with our pupils have received this training from the Senior Leadership Team.

Important contact details

CALL DERBYSHIRE
Tel: 08456 058 058
Fax: 01629 585 669
Minicom: 01629 585 400

Out of hours Call Derbyshire
Tel: 01773 728222
Fax: 01629 585669
Minicom: 01629 585400

NSPCC – National Helpline
0808 800 5000

Childline
0800 11 11 11