Safeguarding

Vision Statement

Kingfisher School recognises the moral and statutory responsibility placed on all staff including supply staff, and volunteers to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Safeguarding and child protection are central to the work of Kingfisher Special School. In the school’s Vision and Values, “ROOTS” are identified as key to each child’s success as learners: Respect, Opportunity, Originality, Trust and Success.

To become a successful learners, children need to feel safe, secure and valued. This will be reflected through all the school’s safeguarding practices –

  • Respect for all
  • Opportunities to share concerns
  • Originality, capturing ‘the voice of the child
  • Trust, where both adults and children feel secure and able to raise concerns
  • Successful learners will therefore thrive.

Staff will work together for the safety and wellbeing of the children in their care in line with their statutory duties, supporting guidance and relevant school policies, promoting the welfare of all children regardless of age, gender, disability, race, religion or belief.

Protecting Children from Abuse

Parents should be aware that Kingfisher Social School will take any reasonable action to safeguard the welfare of all children. In cases where school has reason to be concerned that a child may be subject to significant harm, ill-treatment, neglect or other forms of abuse, staff have no alternative but to follow the Oldham Safeguarding Children Partnership (OSCP) procedures and inform MASH of their concern.

Designated Safeguarding Leads

At Kingfisher we take the safeguarding of all children very seriously. The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is the Director of Pastoral Care, Lynne Rogers with Deputy Safeguarding Leads, Sue Caine, Executive Principal, Charlotte Williams Director of Operations, Suzanne Pass, Director of Educational Excellence and Jenny Cryer Director of Professional Learning. If you have any queries or questions around safeguarding issues at Kingfisher, then please contact one of the named Leads through the school office, or via e-mail:

info@kingfisher.oldham.sch.uk

School safeguarding procedures are outlined in the Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

Any safeguarding issues which arise out of school hours, please contact the Local Authority Multi- Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 0161 770 7777.

Safeguarding Governor

Kingfisher’s named Safeguarding Governor is Janet Wray. Her role is to:

  • Ensure that school keeps up to date with statutory guidance and any advice issued by the local safeguarding children’s board
  • Ensure school has up to date policies around safeguarding and child protection and handling any allegations against staff
  • Support the Local Governing Body in developing their understanding of their safeguarding responsibilities and report back to them about safeguarding issues
  • Meet regularly with the DSL to monitor policies and procedures and check that all staff and governors have the appropriate level of training
  • Monitor the Single Central record (SCR) with the DSL

Radicalisation

What is Radicalisation?

Radicalisation simply means the process where someone is lead to adopt extreme political, social and religious ideals and aspirations.

The Government is now asking that schools understand the process of radicalisation and has placed a duty on school staff to help prevent it.

All staff, Governors and Trustees have completed the online ‘Prevent’ training which explains about radicalisation and how staff might be able to recognise when it is happening to a child and how school can best deal with this.

There are many websites that explain more about radicalisation and give support for you to help your child. Some are listed below:

https://www.nspcc.org.uk

educateagainsthate.com

www.thejohnroan.greenwich.sch.uk

If you have any further questions around radicalisation then please speak to Sue Caine, Head of School.

Operation Encompass

 

Operation Encompass is a police and education early information sharing partnership enabling schools to offer immediate support for children and young people experiencing domestic abuse. Information is shared by the police with a school’s trained Key Adult (Designated Safeguarding Lead ) prior to the start of the next school day after officers have attended a domestic abuse incident thus enabling appropriate support to be given, dependent upon the needs and wishes of the child.

The purpose of Operation Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been involved in, heard or witnessed a domestic abuse incident. Following such an incident, children will often arrive at school distressed, upset, worried and unprepared. Operation Encompass aims to ensure that schools trained Designated Safeguarding Lead (Sue Caine) is made aware early enough to support children and young people in a way that means they feel safe and included.

If you have any question or require any further information please speak to Head of School: Sue Caine or Lynne Rogers Pastoral Lead for Family Support, Safeguarding and Attendance.

You can find out more by visiting http://www.operationencompass.org

Internet Safety

It’s important we talk to children about online safety, the internet has changed all our lives, in particularly our children’s where appropriate keeping safe on line is taught as part of the PSHE and RE curriculum for a parents it may feel daunting to talk about staying safe online, especially when your children are using the internet differently to you, however its vital that we start these conversations, we have put together the following parent resources to help.

Useful Links

Thinkuknow

Childnet

Mencap – learning disabilities, autism and internet safety

NetAware

NSPCC Keeping Children Safe Online

Internet Matters

Facebook and Messenger – a Guide for Parents

Parents Zone

National Online Safety

TIkTok a Guide For Parents – Internet Matters

Snapchat safety a how to guide for parents – internet matters

Online gaming a guide for Parents – Internet Matters

CEOP Police

Safeguarding Documents 

Trust Safeguarding Policy

Kingfisher Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021

Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018

Educational Neglect Policy 2020

Teaching Online Safety in School

Safeguarding Resources

Oldham Safeguarding Children’s Partnership

Oldham council Child Protection

End the Fear – Greater Manchester Against Domestic Abuse

Project Choice Oldham

HALO Project – Break the Silence

Turning Point – Health and Wellbeing

Samaritans

Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)

Prevent duty guidance for England and wales – April 2021

Health and Safety

Appointed Person

Karen Taylor – Director of Support Services

Tony Whipp – Facilities Manager

Pradeep Vaja – Network Manager

Lynne Rogers – Director of Pastoral Care

Cath Croke – Moving and Care Lead

First Aid

Appointed Person

Carol Shaw – HLTA

Alison Mottershead – Teaching Assistant

Fateha Begum – Teaching Assistant

Lindy Cartwright – Teaching Assistant

Cath Croke – Moving and Care Lead

Allyce Firth – Teaching Assistant

Sally Ann Hall – Teaching Assistant

Cath Hunter – Teaching Assistant

Kirsty Kelly – Teaching Assistant

Stacey McDonald – Teaching Assistant

Debbie Riley – HLTA

Nicola Cooke – Teaching Assistant

Lisa Garside – Unqualified Teacher

Vivienne Halliwell – Teaching Assistant

Jill Lomax – Teaching Assistant

Rachel Mitchell – Teaching Assistant

Diane Molden – Teaching Assistant

Joanne Ryan – Teaching Assistant

Michelle Seers – Teaching Assistant

Pam Seers – Teaching Assistant

Joanne Tierney – HLTA

Kim Firth – HLTA

First Aiders (For Staff)

Kim Firth – HLTA

Debbie Riley – HLTA

Carol Shaw – HLTA