Lenthall Infant and Nursery School are committed to the well-being and safety of your child, effectively carrying out all safeguarding procedures. The school recognises that safeguarding is 'everyone's responsibility and follows the procedures established by Derbyshire County Council and Keeping Children Safe in Education (KSIE) published by the DfE.
'Leaders have ensured that there is a good culture of safeguarding within the school. Staff and governors keep up to date with training. New members of staff are provided with effective induction training to ensure that pupils are kept safe. You work well with families and refer concerns in a timely manner. Staff are vigilant and are prepared to take decisive and prompt action, when needed, to secure pupils’ well-being. Leaders have ensured that all safeguarding arrangements are fit for purpose. Pupils are happy and safe in school.' Ofsted 2018
Our aim is to create a safe and rich learning environment to support and nurture our children to ‘BE PROUD’ life-long learners.At Lenthall Infant and Nursery School, we have a Safeguarding Team (listed below); the whole school seeks to identify and overcome all barriers to learning as an important part of the partnership between schools and families. Information about our approach to external support online-safety and our policies and procedures can be found below. You can download the important Safeguarding information for parents and carers and other leaflets and documents, that may be useful, further down this page.
Mrs Kerry Moody Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Sharon Priest Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mr Pete Commons Safeguarding Governor
Follow this link to the Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board: https://www.derbyshirescb.org.uk/
Staff in school, by law, have a duty to report any concerns that they may have that any child may be suffering significant harm, particularly as a consequence of possible abuse. It is a Department for Education requirement that each school in the country nominates a senior member of staff who will have special responsibility for Child Protection. At Lenthall, we have two members of staff who have received advanced safeguarding training.
The school has a policy on Safeguarding, which has been agreed by the Governing Body. As a school, we have close contacts with the School Health Service, Children's Services and the Police, any or all of who may become involved if abuse is suspected or alleged. The school has a responsibility to collate basic information such as who has parental responsibility for a child, and to pass this information to the relevant agencies if so requested. In the event of an investigation into possible child abuse, the school has a duty to cooperate with the investigating agencies to the best of their ability to promote the welfare of the child. Whilst the school will always attempt to work in partnership with parents and carers, and try to ensure that they are fully informed of, and participate in, any action concerning their child, if there is a conflict of interest; the welfare of the child must be the paramount consideration.
The school takes very seriously the appointing of new staff and follows the 'Safer Recruitment' advice from the Local Authority. Our staff and volunteers are DBS-checked to ensure all our pupils stay safe.
Should you wish to discuss child protection and the safety of your child, or indeed, any other child in school, please feel free to contact the safeguarding team.
There may be times when your child, yourself, and your family require some advice and support. Early Help is a system that ensures that you get the right help and support needed. At Lenthall Infant and Nursery School, we can refer you for this. This will always be completed with your permission. We have a strong relationship with a variety of external agencies who are able to advise and signpost you and your family to appropriate support and also visit your child/children in school to complete direct work.
There may also be times when adults are concerned about children in the community.
If so, then you can contact:
DCC's Child Protection department on 01629 533190 or
The NSPCC on 0808 800 5000.
Please don't ignore concerns; child protection is everyone's responsibility.
If you have any concerns about your child or someone you know being a victim of cyberbullying, the following organisations can offer support:
- The Anti-Bullying Alliance
- Internet Matters
- The Parent Zone
- Young Minds
- UK Safer Internet Centre
Anything you notice can help a child at risk.
We all have a role to play in protecting children and young people from child abuse and neglect. Many people do not act because they’re worried about being wrong. You don’t have to be absolutely certain; if you’re concerned a child is being abused or their safety is at risk, speak to someone.
Child abuse. If you think it, report it.
To spot the signs of child abuse or neglect look out for changes in these characteristics:
- Appearance: such as unusual injuries or consistently poor hygiene.
- Behaviour: such as being withdrawn, overly anxious, disruptive or self-harming, or any other sudden changes in behaviour.
- Communication: such as talking aggressively, using sexual language, or becoming secretive.
Policies and InformationGuidance for safer working practices Feb 2022
What to do if you're worried a child is being abusedWorking_together_to_safeguard_children_inter_agency_guidance.pdf