Safeguarding and Child Protection Policies
Quotes from Staff Survey 2021
Safeguarding and well being of families is a priority.
Safeguarding is addressed strongly.
Mousehold is a nurturing and creative place to work. It supports children, families and staff closely.
Good systems in place for safeguarding and this is a priority.
I always know there is someone there that can help if I have a problem.
Quotes from Parents Survey 2021
98% of parents feel safeguarding children is a priority of the school and that it is communicated well to parents and carers.
Happy safe place with strong leadership.
We have a genuine impression that the school cares.
Children and parents are made to feel very welcome and genuinely cared for.
My child feels safe and happy at school.
My family have been supported with clothes, food and general help through the pandemic.
Mousehold Infant and Nursery School is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the safety and welfare of children at all times. We expect all staff, governors and volunteers to share this commitment, and training, monitoring and reporting procedures are in place to ensure this commitment is realised.
We aim to provide a safe environment that is conducive to learning. We also aim to identify children who are suffering or likely to suffer significant harm, and take appropriate to keep them safe in school and at home when required.
Each child has a safeguarding hand. This is a prompt for them to develop skills to support themselves when they are worried, upset or unhappy at home or school.
We have safer recruitment procedures in place, as well as a range of policies and procedures to ensure that your child is safe while at school – www.inclusiveschoolstrust.co.uk/key-documents-and-policies/.
We have four Designated Safeguarding Leads: Mrs Westall, Headteacher; Mr Tolson, Deputy Headteacher; Miss Balachandre, Assistant Headteacher and Miss Wood Nursery Teacher. We also have a designated Safeguarding Trustee who monitors our safeguarding and child protection processes along with other schools in the Trust.
If you have any questions regarding the safety of a child during term time please contact one of the designated safeguarding leads via the school office.
If you need assistance outside of school hours, at a weekend or during a school holiday you can contact the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) 24 hours a day. You can do this via their website at: www.nspcc.org.uk/what-you-can-do/report-abuse/ by telephone: 0808 800 5000, by text: 88858 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you think a child is in immediate danger do not delay: CALL 999 straight away.
Operation Encompass – some more information and background
- Developed in Devenport Plymouth in February 2011 by a Police Sergeant and his wife, a Head-teacher.
- Notification to school by 9am the following day after a domestic incident.
- This allows schools to provide overt or silent support
- Encompass has now been established in a number of different areas (Leeds, Nottingham, Knowsley etc.)
Types of support we can offer as a school:
- Physical needs – Food, Clothing, Equipment
- 1:1 support
- Changes to school routine
- Time out of lessons
- Allowing a child to keep a comfort item
- Relaxation spaces
- Ensuring children know who they can talk to
- Changing expectations
Keep Safe on the Internet
At Mousehold Infant and Nursery School we take an active approach to E-Safety within the classroom and in communications with parents. We follow an E-safety curriculum that is based on guidance taken from UKCCIS (UK Council for Child Internet Safety) and equips our children and young people for digital life.
Useful websites for parents:
Lots of ‘how to guides’ highlighting the safety tools available and empowering parents with the knowledge they need to support their children to use these technologies safely and responsibly.
Supporting young people online (available in 12 different languages)
Keeping Under Fives safe online leaflet
Support in Norfolk
Norfolk Early Help Family Focus
www.Norfolk.gov.uk or 01603 223161
Leeway – Offer support to both Males & Females.
www.leewaysupport.org or 0300 561 0077
Victim Support (Norfolk)
www.victimsupport.org.uk or 0300 3030 165
National Domestic Violence Helpline
www.nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk or 0808 2000 247