SAFEGUARDING ADVICE FOR VOLUNTEERS AND VISITORS
Nene Valley Primary School
Telephone: 01733 897517
No child should suffer harm, either at home or at school. Everyone who works in our school has a responsibility to make sure that all our young people are safe.
This leaflet has been given to you to make sure you understand what is expected of you. Please ask the person who gave it to you if you are unclear about anything in it, and keep the leaflet in a safe place, so that you can read it again if you need to.
If you are worried about the safety of any young person in our school, you must report this to the Designated Member of Staff in school.
Mr Stuart Mansell
Mr Nick File
Mrs Julie Stainsby
Child protection Advice for Volunteers & visitors
As a school we are committed to safeguarding and meeting the needs of children and we hope this leaflet will provide some useful advice and information when working with children at Nene Valley Primary School. All those who come into contact with children through their every day work whether paid or voluntary have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
Nene Valley Primary School’s procedures specify that all volunteers who work with children three or more days in a 30 day period, or overnight, will require an enhanced CRB Disclosure. This is to help ensure that unsuitable people are prevented from working with children. The School office will inform you as to whether or not you require a DSB Disclosure. If you do not, you should not be left unsupervised with children.
Nene Valley Primary School Safeguarding Policy is available from the Policies page.
What should I do if I am worried about a child?
If whilst working with a child you become concerned about:
- Comments made by a child, marks or bruising on a child or changes in the child’s behaviour or attitude
Report these concerns to the class teacher, who will pass the information on to the school’s Designated Member of Staff.
What should I do if a child discloses that s/he is being harmed?
Although the likelihood of this is small it is important to know what to do in such an eventuality as children rarely lie about such matters
- Listen to what is being said without displaying shock or disbelief; accept what is being said
- Allow the child to talk freely
- Reassure the child, but do not make promises that might not be possible to keep
- Do not promise confidentiality but explain to the child that you have to tell their teacher or Head Teacher in order that they can help
- Do not interrogate or ask leading questions
- Reassure the pupil that it is not their fault
- Stress that it was the right thing to tell
- Do not criticise the alleged perpetrator Immediately record details of the disclosure, including wherever possible the exact words or phrases used by the child. Forms for completion are available from the staff room and should be completed and returned to the Designated CP Member of Staff. Please ensure you have signed and dated the record.
What should I do if the alleged abuser is a member of the school staff?
You should report such allegations to the Head Teacher or Designated CP Member of Staff.
What should I do if the alleged abuser is the Head Teacher?
You should report such allegations to the Chair of Governors/LADO (01733 864038).
How do I assure that my behaviour is always appropriate?
Appropriate relationships with children should be based on mutual trust and respect.
As a volunteer you may well be working closely with children sometimes on a one to one basis. Children, especially when they are young, are often spontaneously affectionate and tactile and it is important not to alienate them through lack of response or by appearing to reject this. You should, however, be careful about touching pupils.
If you are working with a pupil on his/her own always ensure that the door is left open or that you can be visible to others.
Do not photograph pupils, unless requested to by the class teacher, exchange e-mails or text messages, or give out your own personal details.
Please help us to safeguard the children in our care by following these guidelines.
Any pupil, member of staff or visitor who requires medical attention should be referred to a First Aiders immediately. Please report this to a member of staff who will inform a first aider or contact the school office.