Safeguarding and Child Protection during School Closure
Whilst school is closed, our duty and responsibility to safeguard our children remains. Our regular check-ins with families need a bit of extra help and support will continue throughout the period of school closure, just as if school was open. Please do not feel offended if a member of school staff calls to check in with you, and to speak to your child.
If you have any concerns about your child, or another child during the school closure period, please follow these steps:
- Please e-mail Mrs Coker, our Headteacher. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
- In your e-mail, please state REPORT A CONCERN in the email.
- Include your mobile telephone number. Mrs Coker or a member of the Safeguarding Team will call you back.
- A record of your concern will be made. Please be clear and specific in the telephone conversation you have with a member of our Safeguarding Team.
- Your concern will be followed up using our school’s Safeguarding procedures (see our RS Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy 2020 for more information)
If you feel a child(ren) is in danger, please telephone the Police immediately on 999.
Safeguarding & Child Protection
At Robert Shaw, we take the safeguarding of all our children extremely seriously. Safeguarding includes a number of different areas, including: online safety, anti-radicalisation, female genital mutilation and abuse. We have listed below information for parents, children and community members about a range of safeguarding aspects.
Our policy statements for both Safeguarding and E-Safety can be viewed from the links below, as well as links to further advice and support.
Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs)
The following members of staff are trained as Designated Safeguarding Leads in school. Please click the link below to see their photographs. Please contact any of these members of staff if you have any concerns about a child.
What to do if you are worried about a child
If you are worried about the safety and well-being of a child, please do something about it. You can raise your concerns with school, and our DSLs have received specific training to do this.
Out of school hours, such as the weekends or school holidays, you can contact the following professionals to raise your concerns.
If you think a child is in immediate danger, call the Police on 999.
When an adult is worried about a child – 0808 800 5000
When an under-18 year old is worried – 0800 11 11
0800 11 11
Children’s Social Care team – 0115 876 4800
Child abuse can be categorised into four areas, including: physical, emotional, sexual and neglect. For more information about any of these four areas, please have a look at the poster below:
Prevent is the UK government’s strategy to stop people becoming terrorists, or supporting terrorism or extreme causes. As a school, we aim to prepare our pupils for life in modern Britain by teaching and making clear references to the fundamental British Values.
For more information about the Prevent Strategy, please click the link below:
FGM (Female Genital Mutilation)
Female Genital Mutilation, or FGM, comprises all procedures involving the total, or partial, removal of the female genitalia, or any injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.
FGM is considered a grave violation of the rights of girls and young women.
The practice of FGM is illegal in the UK, and it is also illegal to take girls who are British nationals or permanent residents of the UK abroad for FGM whether it is lawful or not in that country. It is illegal to aid the practice of FGM, and it can carry a prison sentence of up to 14 years.
For more information about FGM, please follow the link below:
Staying Safe Online & E-Safety
The online world has rooted itself firmly within the real world, and many adults and children alike benefit from the advantages this brings, such as research, gaming and socialising. However, it is important to be aware of the risks online technology can pose to children and young people. Please find below information for parents and children to enjoy and stay safe online.
If you are worried that a child has been abused online, or you are worried about the way someone has been communicating to them, contact the Police’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection command (CEOP).