Deputy Safeguarding Lead
As a school, we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our pupils. We recognise that everyone who comes into contact with children has a duty to safeguard and promote children’s welfare.
We ensure that all appropriate measures are applied in relation to everyone who works in the school, including governors and volunteers. All members of staff therefore, whether paid or voluntary, are required to have an enhanced DBS check and are not allowed to start work at the school until this check has been completed. All staff are trained in using our reporting and recording system CPOMS.
The school shares a purpose with parents to educate, keep children safe from harm and have their welfare promoted. We are committed to working with parents positively, openly and honestly. We always encourage parents to discuss any concerns they may have with the school as soon as possible.
An important part of our focus is on educating pupils to understanding how to keep themselves safe as well as promoting what to do if they feel threatened, bullied or unsafe and who they can go to for help and support. Racist and bullying incidents are recorded through CPOMS and we report the number of incidents annually to the local authority. (To date there have been no recorded bullying or racist incidents).
At Curnow, pupils have opportunities to develop an understanding for internet safety – including cyber bullying - during Computing and PSHE sessions. Information and regular updates on internet safety is also provided for parents. If you are concerned about the content that your children are accessing online then there are a number of agencies that can support. ‘Digital Parenting’ have a list of ways to report a concern from Facebook and YouTube to Google and Xbox Live. There is also advice on reporting these concerns to the police and other authorities.
If you are concerned about the suitability of a TV show or a game for your child then 'common sense media' is a very good website that provides an overview of all media types, with a suitability rating, including 'positive messages', 'violence' and 'language' can be found at:- .commonsensemedia.org. Other websites that offer similar services are the British Board of Film Classification (or the BBFC), Childnet International and ThinkuKnow.
To support the prevention of children having access to a range of materials and sources of information that can lead them to be vulnerable and at risk we encourage the use of ‘Digital Parenting’ (https://www.vodafone.co.uk/mobile/digital-parenting) who have developed a suggested timeline detailing the ages that they suggest children access technology.
Keeping children safe is of paramount importance and therefore we keep information on all staff on the Single Central Register. All staff are vetted against safer recruitment checks. All staff receive annual Level 1 and 2 Safeguarding training, as well as additional specific training and updates throughout the year. Our Designated Safeguarding Leads are all Level 3 trained and receive regular additional training and updates.
If you have any concerns related to the safety of a child in Curnow please do not hesitate to contact the school:
Tel: 01209 215432
Rob Armstrong (Head Teacher) is the Designated Safeguarding Lead
Sam Murray (Deputy Head) is the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Helen Jones is the Safeguarding Governor
If you have a concern about a child in the community the following contacts apply: