At Lord Deramore’s our aim is that every child feels safe and cared for at all times. We recognise that:
- The welfare of the child is paramount
- All children regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, have the right to equal protection from all types of harm and abuse.
- Working in partnership with children, young people and their parents, carers and other agencies, is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.
We work under the guidance of the Department for Education. Please see ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education – Statutory Guidance for Schools and Colleges’ and the school’s Safeguarding Policy for more information.
Self-Evaluation and Review
Lord Deramore’s Primary School takes it commitment to safeguarding and child protection very seriously. Annually, we conduct an internal self-evaluation and audit regarding all of our policies, practice and procedures. In June 2017, we self-evaluated our systems and requested an external consultant to review our work. This year’s audit can be found here – School Safeguarding Review. Governors hold school leaders to account for ensuring that planned actions are completed within the timeframes indicated.
Child protection is part of safeguarding and refers to the protection given to specific children who are suffering, or at risk of suffering, harm.
James Rourke is the designated teacher for Child Protection with Mark Richards and Jane Hitchon as joint designated deputy teachers. Sue Perutz is the designated governor for Child Protection. Eleanor Jones is the School Business Manager with responsibility for Health, Safety and Premises.
Safeguarding is the responsibility of all staff at Lord Deramore’s and all the teachers and teaching assistants undergo regular training in Safeguarding, including (but not limited to): Child Protection, Safer Recruitment, First Aid, Prevent (the name given to the training which aims to prevent young children becoming radicalised) and Identifying Children at Risk of FGM and other safeguarding risks.
All staff and governors have completed a ‘Basic Awareness’ qualification in Safeguarding. Our latest annual update training took place in September 2019 – a copy of which can be found HERE. This training also included attendees reading and agreeing to the DFE’s Keeping Children Safe in Education, the school’s Code of Behaviour for Adults in School and Safeguarding policy documents.
See the Safeguarding Policy – Personal Care, and the Local Authority Guidance on the Management of Continence Development (including ‘intimate care’)
Prevent Strategy Information for Parents explains our responsibilities in protecting children from extremist and violent views. It also supports us in promoting and teaching important values such as tolerance, respect and the celebration of diversity.
You can follow this link to read our Prevent Duty Information.
We work hard to ensure that any instances of bullying are dealt with quickly and followed up over time. We care about all the children at our school and work closely with children and families to give every child the best experience.
For more information see our Anti-Bullying Policy.
In our modern world, technology poses certain risks that we want to protect our children against.
For more information see our E- Safety Policy.
Our school has been given the opportunity to take part in a new project that will run jointly between all schools in York, City of York Council and North Yorkshire Police. See Operation Encompass for more information.