Beanfield Primary School believes that it is of the upmost importance to have good systems for protecting children and safeguarding their welfare.
This means that all those who work with children in the Trust must be alert to possible concerns about every student and report these appropriately. In order to protect our students at Beanfield Primary:
We aim to:
- Create an atmosphere where all our students can feel secure, valued and listened to.
- Recognise signs and symptoms of abuse.
- Respond quickly and effectively to cases of suspected abuse.
- Keep rigorous and robust documentation.
Our Trust will support all students by:
- Encouraging self-esteem and self-assertiveness whilst not condoning aggression or bullying.
- Promoting a caring, safe and positive environment within the Trust.
Everyone working with our students should be aware that:
- Their role is to listen and note carefully any observations which could indicate abuse.
- They should not attempt to investigate once the initial concern is raised.
- They should involve the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) immediately.
- If the DSLs are not available, the Principal or Deputy DSLs should be contacted.
- A disclosure of abuse or harm can be made at any time (lesson times, break times, after school etc.).
- Before outside agencies are invited into the Academy to work with our students or to carry out work on the premises, staff are required to ensure that all relevant DBS checks and identification has been seen.
The Brooke Weston Trust policy for safeguarding children is to;
- Protect children from maltreatment;
- Preventing impairment of children’s health or development;
- Ensure that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;
- To take action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
Our full safeguarding policy can be found by clicking here.
Beanfield Primary is part of a jointly run operation between Northamptonshire County Council, Northamptonshire Police and our school, the national name for this process is Operation Encompass. Encompass has been set-up to help schools to provide support to children who may have been affected by incidents of domestic violence. We know that children can be significantly physically or emotionally harmed when they are involved in, present or witness to domestic abuse.
Under this scheme the school will receive notification from the County Council following any domestic incident that a child at their school may have been affected by.
The staff members identified on this page are identified as Key Adults who will receive this information.
They have received guidance from Northamptonshire County Council to allow them to use the information that has been shared, in confidence to make sure that the right support is available for children and their families.
We are keen to offer the best support possible to our pupils and we believe this is going to be extremely beneficial for all those involved.
Further information can be found here.
Reporting a Concern
Please refer to the Designated Safeguarding Lead or Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead in the relevant school to report a concern. Details of who to contact are below:
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Other Safeguarding Agencies
The Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
MASH can advise on whether a family needs early help or whether they meet the threshold for statutory child protection. Telephone: 0300 126 3000 Option 1.
Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)
You can e-mail your query to email@example.com please include as much detail as
possible as this will enable the LADO to give you clear and accurate advice.
You can also call the Designated Officer on 01604 362993 if you are looking for advice.
Out of Hours Service
Should you need to contact Children's Social Care urgently during the evening, at night or at the weekend, phone the out of hours team on 01604 626938. An operator will answer the phone and take details of the problem and your contact details. They will then pass this information over to the duty social worker.
Helpline for victims of sexual abuse in schools
Sexual abuse in any form is unacceptable.
A dedicated helpline is now open to support anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse.
The helpline is run by the NSPCC and will provide victims of abuse with the appropriate support, advice and onward action, including on contacting professionals or the police if they wish. The helpline will also provide support to parents and professionals too.
More information can be found at INFORMATION ABOUT THE DFE/NSPCC
Family and Pastoral Support - The Wellbeing Team
In order to provide support to the School community Beanfield have a robust Wellbeing Team; Sarah Fleming, Debbie Smith and Charlotte Bright.
The team is available to support parents with any aspect of parenting and also works with children to remove barriers to learning. The team has a wealth of expertise, however if they cannot provide the support required they will signpost parents to other services and agencies.
Sarah Fleming Safeguarding
Child Protection Manager