William Morris Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Child protection forms part of the school’s safeguarding responsibilities. Child protection is at the core of all we do and we will recruit our staff following safe recruiting procedures. All staff, governors and volunteers, including parent helpers, will be DBS checked before they can work or help in our school. Our staff will be trained in safeguarding, child protection and first aid procedures. The governors will regularly check the school site and procedures to ensure there is a very high standard of safety. Risk assessments will be in place for generic activities and school visits. William Morris Primary School will review its emergency procedures and policies on a regular basis and we will have termly fire drills. Across the curriculum there will be many opportunities for the children to learn about safety e.g. road safety, fire safety, stranger danger and online safety.
Our school provides a safe, caring, positive and stimulating environment, free from discrimination or bullying, promoting the physical, moral and social development of the individual child, where children can learn and develop happily.
We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and will follow procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with parents/carers first. However, there may be a rare occasion when our concerns about your child may mean we have to consult other agencies even before we contact you. The procedures which we follow are laid down by the Local Children Safeguarding Board and we have a number of policies and procedures in place, that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection Policy.
Any action taken is in line with the following legislation/guidance:
To view the Blue Kite Academy Trust Safeguarding Statement, please click here.
Here at William Morris Primary School 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:
protecting children from maltreatment;
preventing impairment of children’s mental and physical health or development;
ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
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.
Our Covid Appendix to our main safeguarding 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.
Contact details for Children’s Social Care: 01793 466903 MASH
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.’
Contact during partial school closure
Records of telephone contact with families are kept on the school’s online system.
Worried about a child?
Our safeguarding team:
Designated Safeguarding Leads:
Tel: 01793 299022
Worried about an adult who works or volunteers with children?
All staff work in line with our school code of conduct.
A copy of this can be found here.
Tel: 01793 299022
Other Useful Contact Numbers and Links
Swindon Borough Council Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
Telephone: 01793 466903
For domestic abuse support in Swindon please click here.
NSPCC 0808 800 5000
Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command 0370 496 7622 – for reporting concerns about online abuse
Childline 0800 1111
ThinkUKnow is the education programme of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre aimed at young people.
NSPCC have teamed up with O2 to help you keep children safe when they're using the internet, social networks, apps, games and more.
Their advice and resources are here to support parents as they support their child to use the internet safely, responsibility and positively.