Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all professionals should make sure their approach is child-centred. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.
Safeguarding includes the establishment and implementation of procedures to protect children from deliberate harm, however, safeguarding also encompasses all aspects of pupils’ health, and safety and well-being.
George Pindar School is committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all children in school. We follow the North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Board procedures. The school will, in most circumstances, endeavour to discuss all concerns with parents about their child/ren. However, there may be exceptional circumstances when the school will discuss concerns with Social Care and/or the Police without parental knowledge (in accordance with Child Protection procedures). The school will, of course, always aim to maintain a positive relationship with all parents.
The school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mr B Murray
The school’s Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is Miss H Pickles
You can see our Safeguarding Policy here.
At George Pindar School we are continually working to support students in feeling safe and well at school and to enable them to flourish both within and outside of school.
Within school, Mr Murray and Miss Pickles lead the safeguarding and pastoral support alongside the Heads of Year and Form Tutors to offer guidance when needed to all of our students and their parents/carers where appropriate.
We have developed our relationships with the various external agencies to provide additional guidance and support – including the Sidewalk Youth Project, NY Youth Mentoring, NHS North Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Police, Compass Phoenix, Kooth Counselling, Early Help and CAMHS to name but a few services we work with.
Each term, we produce a newsletter full of advice, guidance and service information.
Please take a look at our Autumn Safeguarding Newsletter 2021
In a new joint campaign by The Children’s Society and National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC), neighbours and professionals are being urged to look out for signs a child may be being abused at home amid fears that vulnerable children are hidden from view during the lockdown. The ‘Know, Look, Act’ campaign comes as most pupils face an extended summer break, with schools and colleges now not set to fully reopen until September.
More information about The Children’s Society’s Prevention programme, which works to prevent and improve responses to child sexual abuse and exploitation, child criminal exploitation, modern day slavery and human trafficking regionally and nationally in England and Wales, can be found here.
If you have any concerns about a child, please act.