The Lead Senior Designated Professional is: Martyn Payne
The Lead Online Safety Professional is: Marie Rodwell
The Lead Looked After Children Professional is: Rachel Creasey
Our Schools DSL: (designated safeguarding leaders)
From this section you can find links to the different areas of safeguarding, relevant policies and further information about how we support children’s safety in and out of school.
What is Safeguarding?
Safeguarding is about protecting our children from abuse or neglect.
At Pakefield primary School, the safety and well-being of our children is of the utmost importance, and we are all responsible for the safety of children. We ensure that we are doing all we can to protect the most vulnerable members of our community.
Each and every one of our staff believe that our school should provide a caring, positive safe and stimulating environment that promotes the social, physical and moral development of the individual child.
All staff receive training on safeguarding, and our school is fully compliant with “Working together to Safeguard Children” and “Safeguarding children and safer recruitment in education.” In addition, all of our staff and Governors have complete Prevent training.
We support children’s development in ways that will nurture security, confidence and independence. Our school environment ensures that children and young people feel safe, valued and respected, and feel confident. Children know how to approach adults if they are in difficulties and understand that all adults will help them.
We provide a systematic means of monitoring children known or thought to be at risk of harm, and ensure we, the school, contribute to assessments of need and support packages for those children. We have a structured procedure within the school which will be followed by all members of the school community in cases of suspected abuse.
All staff and visitors working within our school who have substantial access to children have been checked as to their suitability, including verification of their identity, qualifications, and a satisfactory DBS check (according to guidance) and a central record is kept.
All visitors agree to:
- Not to use their mobile telephones around the school.
- Providing a good example and being a positive role-model by being respectful, fair and considerate to all.
- Treat all children equally.
- Ensure that when working with individual children, that the door is left open, or that you can be visible to others.
- Do not photograph children, exchange email addresses, text messages, and phone numbers or give out your own personal details.
- Only touch children for professional reasons and when this is necessary and appropriate for the child’s well being and safety.
Please ensure that you wear your name badge or visitors badge at all times.
All visitors and volunteers to the school are made aware of our schools safeguarding procedures. Visitors and staff are not permitted to use their mobile telephones on the school grounds.
Use of photographic equipment in school.
‘Before any photographic equipment is used in school, details must be discussed with the Headteacher or other senior member of staff. The school will record full details of the person requesting permission, date and intended use of images’.
Are you concerned about a child?
If you are concerned, please find further information on the Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership website.
Children's Services: 0808 800 4005
Suffolk Police: 01473 613500
IN AN EMERGENCY DIAL 999
Pakefield Primary School is committed to the highest possible standards of honesty, openness and accountability. It seeks to conduct its affairs in a responsible manner, to ensure that all its activities are openly and effectively managed, and that the School’s integrity and the principles of public interest disclosure are sustained.
In line with that commitment, all members of staff and those working on behalf of the School who have serious concerns about any aspect of the School’s work are encouraged to come forward and voice those concerns to the Headteacher. Staff not only have the right but also a duty to report any improper actions or omissions, particularly where the welfare of young people may be at risk. Where any member of staff decides to report a serious incident within the scope of this policy, whether anonymously or otherwise, this will be treated as a ‘protected’ disclosure. Staff members should feel reassured that they can raise concerns in accordance with this policy without fear of victimisation, subsequent discrimination or disadvantage.
Read more from our Whistleblowing Policy.
If you are a professional who has Safeguarding concerns during a holiday period and you wish to contact the Senior Designated Lead, please contact the Active Learning Trust Head Office on 01223 728394.