It is vital that our children are kept safe and feel safe. We have very robust systems in place to ensure that our children are supported and protected at all times. All adults at our school have regular training in respect of the protection and care of our children to make sure that we know how best to keep our children safe. All staff who deal with children have a very clear duty to report any concern they may have about any child’s well-being. Our governors make sure that all the proper guidelines are in place and are followed. All staff, governors and regular parent helpers have been cleared by the Disclosure and Barring Service as having no record which would prevent them from working with children.
Our two designated safeguarding leads (DSL) for Child Protection are:
Mrs Claire New
Mrs Lucy Owens
Our governor responsible for Child Protection and safeguarding is:
Mr Stuart Simpson
Safeguarding contact Information
To contact the school about a safeguarding or child protection concern, please use the email address below -
Should you be unable to report concerns to the DSL team at school, here is the link for the West Sussex Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) where you can report any safeguarding concerns;
Operation Encompass - Early reporting of domestic violence
Our school is part of a project which has been designed to provide early reporting of any domestic violence incidents that occur outside school, which might have an impact on a child in school. This is done through an email to the school following an incident.
The project ensures that at least one member of the school staff, known as the Key Adult, is trained to liaise with the police and to use the information that has been shared, in confidence.
In this way, we aim to support each child who has been involved in, or witnessed, a domestic abuse incident. The key adults at East Preston Infant School are Mrs Claire New and Mrs Lucy Owens. If they receive an Encompass email they will make sure that, a person the child trusts, is available to help – should the child need this. In most cases the staff in school do nothing, except keep a careful eye on the child and make sure that appropriate action is taken should there be any concerns. The confidential information will only be shared with staff who need to be updated; other staff at the school will not be informed of any details but will be asked to provide support as appropriate.
All schools have a duty to share any information with other organisations if they feel a child is at risk of being hurt. The Key Adults may contact other organisations.
The sharing of Encompass information from the police is not usually child protection. It allows the school to be ready to help your child straight away, and it means that parents know the Key Adults are aware that something has happened. Parents are actively encouraged to come and talk to the Key Adults. We are here to support you and your children.
We are keen to offer the best support possible for our children and Operation Encompass has already been extremely beneficial for all those involved.
Keeping Safe - Parent Information
Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children. Effective child protection is essential as part of wider work to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. However, all agencies and individuals should aim to proactively safeguard and promote the welfare of children so that the need for action to protect children from harm is reduced.
Parents may find the following information helpful in identifying and knowing what action to take in relation to safeguarding issues.
Keeping Children Safe in Education
Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy - September 2020
Annex COVID-19 School Closure Arrangements For Safeguarding & Child Protection
Safer Online Practices January 2021
Extremism and Radicalisation
There is no place for extremist views of any kind in our school, whether from internal sources –children, staff, visiting adults, governors etc. or external sources – school community, external agencies or individuals. Any prejudice, discrimination or extremist views, including derogatory language, displayed by children, staff, visitors or parents will always be challenged and, where appropriate, dealt with.
We encourage pupils to respect the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. We ensure that partisan political views are not promoted in the teaching of any subject in the school and where political issues are brought to the attention of the pupils, reasonably practicable steps are taken to offer a balanced presentation of opposing views to pupils.
Child Sexual Exploitation
Click on the link to view a poster to help identify signs of CSE CSE poster
Click on the link to find further support with identifying and tackling CSE
The internet can be a fantastic place for children and young people where they can talk to friends, be creative and have fun. However, just like in the real world sometimes things can go wrong. If you or your child are worried or upset about something which has happened on the internet there is help out there, click on the link below for further advice and to report online safety concerns.
Rights Respecting Schools - A Right to be Safe
As part of our Rights Respecting ethos the children are taught a number of ways in which to keep themselves safe. Click on the links below for further details:
Our School Site
A major priority for us is to keep our children safe. The gates around the school are kept closed during school hours. If you need to access the school you will need to come via the Main Reception.
A vital factor is that we keep our children safe both on and off the site. An example of this is the detailed risk assessments that are carried out before any trips take place. We use a web based system called Evolve. Risk assessments are also conducted for a range of other matters. You would be very welcome to ask to see any of them.
We encourage our parents and children to cycle and scoot safely to school. There are bike and scooter racks available in different areas. We have been awarded Travel Mark 2 for our work in this area.
Keeping Safe - Children Information
We work hard to make sure that our pupils know how to keep themselves safe, for example making sure they know that they should tell an adult if they are worried about anything. We also make sure they know how to keep themselves safe out and about and at home, by having an internet safety code and inviting in outside agencies such as the police and fire service.
We also talk to the children in assemblies as well as in classes and in small groups to find out what they know and what we can do to help them.
The internet can be fun but sometimes you find things that make you sad or scared. Tell your mum, dad or the person who looks after you at home if something makes you feel sad or funny inside. You can also talk to your teachers if anything upsets you and they will help.
- Never tell anyone who you don't know your name, where you live or which school you go to.
- If you are worried or unhappy about anything you see or hear on the internet, tell a grown up and they will help you.
- Ask an adult before using the internet or opening a message.
- Keep your computer password private.
- People who don't know you are strangers. Some people on the internet may not be who they say they are.
The Right to be Safe
In school we learn lots of way to keep safe - click here to find out more about bullying, stranger danger, road safety and much more ...
Always remember to tell a grown up you like and trust if you are sad or scared about anything.