Safeguarding at Carlisle Infant School
Safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility
Carlisle Infant School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and adults at our school.
We expect all staff and volunteers to share in our commitment to keeping children safe and observe the wide range of safeguarding measures we have in place. All staff and regular volunteers have DBS checks and visitors are signposted to the designated safeguarding leads, through our safeguarding notices displayed around our school.
Carlisle Infant School Safeguarding Statement
In order to keep our children safe at school, we
- ensure that all our staff – through their induction and on-going training - have a clear understanding of their responsibilities towards our children’s safeguarding.
- make sure that we have a range of clear and up to date policies and procedures in place to ensure the safety and protection of our pupils in all aspects of school life.
- ensure that we teach our pupils how to keep themselves healthy and safe – in and out of school including keeping safe on-line.
- ensure that we audit our safeguarding practices regularly so we remain vigilant.
- carry out rigorous checks during the recruitment process where application forms are carefully scrutinised and any education or employment gaps are queried references and all necessary DBS checks are undertaken as a matter of course and we keep an up to date single central record on all of our employees. The Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and some members of the Governing Body are trained in ‘Safer Recruitment’.
- have an effective induction process, which includes safeguard training, for our volunteers. Please see the volunteer’s page for more details. Volunteers and visitors are not be left unsupervised with any children at any time unless they are regular volunteers who have completed a DBS check.
- have a safeguarding governor, Barbara Clifford, who monitors the rigour and effectiveness of our safeguarding policies and procedures termly.
- have safe computer access, with secure filtering and we train children and staff in e-safety.
Below are links for our safeguarding policies and training information:
Our School Policies (including Safeguarding & Child Protection, Whistleblowing and Health and Safety) can be found on the Federation Page or click here
Information on E-Safety for children and parents www.thinkuknow.co.uk
A great, fun website for testing how secure your password is - My1login
As a school community it is our duty to keep children safe. If you have any safeguarding concerns please see one of our Safeguarding Leads, Zoe Brittain (Headteacher), David Wells (Deputy Headteacher), Monique Goddard (Pastoral Mentor) and Karen Hood (HLTA) or send a confidential email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking after someone else’s child
Private Fostering is when a child, under the age of 16 years (under 18 if they are disabled) is cared for by someone who is not their parent or a close relative, for 28 days or more.
Children under 16 who spend more than 2 weeks in residence during school holiday time in school are now seen as privately fostered; or more than 2 weeks in hospital.
Close relatives are defined as step-parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, uncles or aunts. To be private fostering, the arrangement has not been made by the local authority, and the child or young person is not being looked after by an approved foster carer.
To find out more about private fostering follow the link below
If you are aware of a child being privately fostered, please inform the child’s school as a matter of urgency.
Out of Hours/School Holidays
If you want to speak to someone about a safeguarding concern out of school hours or during the holidays then please contact the Richmond Single Point of Access (SPA) using the contact details below.
Call 020 8547 5008 from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, or 020 8770 5000 out of hours.
Or call 999 if you think a child or young person is in immediate danger.