“We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children, young people and staff and expect the same commitment from all staff and volunteers”
Our safeguarding policy is updated regularly to meet the requirements of the latest relevant legislation including Keeping Children Safe in Education and Working Together to Safeguard Children.
- Broughton Safeguarding Policy
- Working Together to Safeguard Children: A Guide to Inter-Agency Working to Safeguard and Promote the Welfare of Children
- Keeping Children Safe in Education: Statutory Guidance for Schools and Colleges
Teachers and other education staff are accountable for the way in which they exercise authority; manage risk; use resources; and protect pupils from discrimination and avoidable harm.
All staff, whether paid or voluntary, have a duty to keep young people safe and to protect them from physical and emotional harm. This duty is in part exercised through the development of respectful, caring and professional relationships between staff and pupils and behaviour by staff that demonstrates integrity, maturity and good judgement.
Local authorities, schools and parents have legitimate expectations about the nature of professional involvement in the lives of pupils. When an individual accepts a role that involves working with children and young people, he or she needs to understand and acknowledge the responsibilities and trust inherent in that role.
This means that adults should:
- understand the responsibilities that are part of their employment or role, and be aware that sanctions will be applied if these provisions are breached.
- always act and be seen to act, in the child’s best interests.
- avoid any conduct that would lead any reasonable person to question their motivation and intentions.
- take responsibility for their own actions and behaviour.
- be extra vigilant in relation to Special Educational Needs pupils and safeguarding.
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Broughton Primary is part of a project run by Humberside Police called Operation Encompass.
The project aims to support children who are affected by Domestic Abuse.
As a result, following any domestic abuse incident, the police will make contact with the school and communicate relevant and necessary information to the DSL and DDSL. This will ensure that the school is make aware (usually before the start of the next school day) and can subsequently provide support in a way that means the child feels safe.
PREVENT is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist or extremist causes. The Prevent strategy covers all types of terrorism and extremism, including the extreme right wing, violent groups and other causes.
How does the Prevent strategy apply to schools?
Schools (as well as other organisations) have a legal duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism. This means we all have a responsibility to protect children from extremist and violent views the same way we protect them from other dangers. Importantly, we can provide a safe place for pupils to learn about and discuss these issues so they better understand how to protect themselves.
What does this mean in practice?
Many of the things we already do in school to help children become positive, happy members of society also contribute to the Prevent strategy.
- Ensuring ALL staff participate in Safeguarding training that is updated regularly and know what behaviours might indicate involvement in radicalisation and extremism.
- Ensuring ALL staff know what to so should they have concerns regarding safeguarding and this includes, radicalisation and extremism.
- Exploring other cultures and religions and promoting diversity.
- Challenging prejudices and racism.
- Developing critical thinking skills and a strong, positive self-identity.
- Promoting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils, as well as British values such as democracy.
We also protect children from the risk of radicalisation by using filters on the internet to make sure they can't access extremist and terrorist material, or by vetting visitors who come into school to work with pupils.
Frequently asked questions
How does Prevent relate to British values?
Schools have been required to promote British values since 2014, and this will continue to be a part of our response to the Prevent strategy.
British values include:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty and mutual respect
- Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs
Isn't my child to young to learn about extremism?
The Prevent strategy is not just about discussing extremism itself, which may not be appropriate for younger children. It is also about teaching children values such as tolerance and mutual respect.
The school will make sure any discussions are suitable for the age and maturity of the children involved.
Is extremism really a risk in our area?
Extremism can take many forms, including political, religious and misogynistic extremism. Some aspects may be a bigger threat in our area than others. We have a stance.
Our aim is to give our children the skills to protect themselves from any extremist reviews they may encounter, now or later in their lives. We also aim to develop their confidence in sharing their concerns and seeking help should they need to - in the same way we do around any safeguarding concerns.
- Extremism - vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values such as democracy, the rule of law and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.
- Ideology - a set of beliefs.
- Terrorism - a violent action against people or property, designed to create fear and advance a political, religious or ideological cause.
- Radicalisation - the process by which a person comes to support extremism and terrorism.
Where to go for more information
If you have any questions or concerns about the Prevent strategy and what it means for your child, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Safeguarding Team via the school office.
The following sources may also be useful for further information (click the link to access the relevant website):
The Department for Education and the Home Office have developed a website called educate against hate aimed at parents, teachers and school leaders to provide practical advice, support and resources on protecting young people from extremism and radicalisation.