Safeguarding our Pupils
At Stocksbridge Junior School, the governors and staff are committed to safeguarding our children. We recognise that the safety and protection of all pupils is of paramount importance and that all staff, including volunteers, have a full and active part to play in protecting pupils from harm. We believe that the school should provide a caring, positive, safe and stimulating environment which promotes all pupils’ social, physical, emotional and moral development.
Ultimately, effective safeguarding of children can only be achieved by putting children at the centre of the system, and by every individual and agency playing their full part, working together to meet the needs of our most vulnerable children in line with: Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 and Keeping Children Safe in Education.
We ALL have a statutory duty to ‘safeguard and promote the welfare of children’. This means:
- Protecting children from maltreatment;
- Preventing impairment of children’s health or development;
- Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;
- Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes
‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’, DFE 2015
Our Safeguarding Team
A senior member of the school’s leadership team is designated to take the lead responsibility for dealing with child protection issues, providing advice and support to other staff, liaising with the local authority, and working with other agencies. This role is also supported by several Designated Safeguarding Deputies.
- Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mrs Lucy Ross.
- Designated Safeguarding Deputies: Mrs Ruth Davy, Mrs Jane Lea-Jones and Mrs Amanda Woods.
- Looked After Children Designated Teacher: Mrs Ruth Davy
- SENCo: Mrs Amanda Woods
- Online Safety Coordinator: Mrs Lucy Ross
- Link Governor for Safeguarding: Martin Booth
Safeguarding Policies & Procedures
Policies related to safeguarding can be viewed and/or downloaded from the Safeguarding Sheffield Children website on the Policies, Procedures & Guidance webpage. These policies are in place, consistent with government guidance, refer to locally agreed multi-agency safeguarding arrangements and are regularly reviewed for use by Sheffield schools.
If your child needs to take medicine during the school day for chronic or life-threatening conditions e.g. asthma or diabetes, we will make arrangements for this. You will be asked to give clear, written instructions for the administration of such medicines and your written consent.
If your child needs other medicines such as antibiotics, cough medicines etc they will often be unfit to attend school. However, if they are fit enough to attend school and need medicines at regular intervals, we must ask you arrange to visit school to give such medicines yourself.
Parents’ Contact Details
It is essential that we are able to contact parents during the school day. Please ensure that we have current contact details for every person who has parental responsibility plus the details of two additional contacts in case we need to contact you in an emergency. Parents will, no doubt, appreciate the need to keep this information up-to-date and it is vital that the school is notified of a change of address, contact phone numbers, email addresses and any change in circumstances as early as possible. To update the information we hold for you or your child, please download and return the data collection form.
If you have any worries or concerns about your child, the school nurse may be able to assist you. The nurse has close links with doctors, teachers, health visitors and other agencies. Any information you give about your child is regarded as confidential. To get in touch with the school nurse, please contact the school office.