Safeguarding Children Statement & Policy
We are committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all children in school.
All North Yorkshire schools, including Barlow Primary School, 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.
Prevent Duty Information
On 1 July 2015 the Prevent duty (section 26) of The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 came into force. This duty places the responsibility on local authorities and schools to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.
Barlow Primary School is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its pupils. As a school, we recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation is as important as safeguarding against any other vulnerability.
All staff are expected to uphold and promote the fundamental principles of British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. We believe that children should be given the opportunity to explore diversity and understand Britain as a multi-cultural society; everyone should be treated with respect whatever their race, gender, sexuality, religious belief, special need, or disability.
As part of our commitment to safeguarding and child protection we fully support the government's Prevent Strategy.
Barlow Primary School has been given the opportunity to take part in a new project that will run jointly between all schools, academies and colleges in North Yorkshire and North Yorkshire Police.
This new project, Operation Encompass, has been designed to provide early reporting to schools of any domestic abuse incidents that occur outside of normal school hours and that might have had an impact on a child attending our premises the following day. This information will be shared at the earliest opportunity between Monday to Thursday and, when an incident occurs on a Friday, Saturday or a Sunday, the police will contact us the following Monday.
A nominated member of school staff, known as a key adult, will receive awareness training to enable them to liaise with the police. They will be able to use information that has been shared with them, in confidence, to ensure that our school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children or their families. Information will be shared where it is identified that a child or young person was present, witnessed or was involved in a domestic abuse incident.
Operation Encompass was introduced in Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall in February 2011 and has proved very effective in providing appropriate support in a timely manner. This initiative has already been implemented in other force areas such as Cleveland and is now being extended across the Durham area.
We are keen to offer the best support possible to all our children and we believe this is initiative is going to be extremely beneficial and supportive for all those involved. Click below to see details of the website.
Parent & Carers Behaviour Policy
Please click here to read our Parent Behaviour Policy Autumn 2018
E-Safety learning in school
In our school, we understand the importance of teaching our children and parents about E-safety. Each year during the Spring term, we plan an E-Safety focus week where children learn about how to be safe on line through a series of activities and interactive learning. We have arranged for an E-safety consultant to deliver the key messages to parents and staff in an after-school workshop. The aim of this session isto guide parents on what they can do to help protect their children on the home computer, ipads, games consoles and mobile phones.
To coincide with this, a drama company, 'One Day Creative', are pre-booked for a workshop in march 2019 to deliver age appropriate e-safety workshops to our children in an interactive way.
We have Acceptable Use Policies which are use for all pupils across the curriculum and these are available to view here.
Click here for the EYFS & KS1 Home School Internet User Agreement
Click here for the KS2 Home School Internet User Agreement
Our E-Safety Policy is available by clicking here.
Here are some useful websites for parents to find out about e-safety issues.
ELSA stands for Emotional Literacy Support Assistance and is a programme we run at our school to support the teaching of emotional literacy or emotional intelligence. Mrs Edenbrow, a trained ELSA assistant, delivers a series of activities to small groups of children who we feel would benefit from learning strategies to help them become more resilient.
Here is some more information about what we offer - 'What is ELSA?' - information for parents