Keeping children safe is our priority
• On arrival to the school please make yourselves known to the office and sign in, please be aware that ID will be checked if you are unknown to the school.
• Remember to sign out when you leave the school site.
• Please wear a visitor’s badge during your visit.
• Please take a moment to read our visitors’ guide
• Mobile phones may not be used to take photos on site
• If you have any safeguarding concerns, please report them to the Headteacter (Mrs Buckingham), who is our senior designated officer or, if she is not available, to Mrs Ascot or Mrs Carowicz who are our deputy safeguarding officers.
Knowing children as individuals
You can find more information at: http://www.devonsafeguardingchildren.org/
Top Ten Safeguarding Tips
• Listen and accept
• Say you will share information
• Don’t promise confidentiality
• Reassure the child
• Tell the child that you take them seriously
• Try not to interrupt
• Ask questions only to clarify
• Note accurately what the child says
• Don’t investigate
• Report ASAP to the child protection officers
British Values and Prevent strategy
The Department for Education has published guidance on promoting British values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. All schools have a duty to ‘actively promote’ the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. These values were first set out by the government in the ‘Prevent’ strategy in 2011.
A key part of the plan for education is to ensure children become valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and tolerance, regardless of background. We want every school to promote the basic British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs. This ensures young people understand the importance of respect and leave school fully prepared for life in modern Britain.
Examples of the understanding and knowledge pupils are expected to learn include:
• an understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process
• an understanding that the freedom to hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law
• an acceptance that people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour
• an understanding of the importance of identifying and combating discrimination.
As a school, we ensure that our policies and procedures for Safeguarding pupils are frequently updated and revised with all staff. Pupils’ safety is of the highest priority for all staff and adults at Mary Tavy and Brentor Primary School
To promote British values here at Mary Tavy and Brentor we:
• have included in our curriculum – as appropriate for the age of pupils – material on the strengths, advantages and disadvantages of democracy, and how democracy and the law works in Britain, in contrast to other forms of government in other countries
• ensure all pupils within the school have a voice that is listened to, and demonstrate how democracy works by actively promoting democratic processes such as a school council whose members are voted for by the pupils
• use opportunities such as general or local elections to hold mock elections to promote fundamental British values and provide pupils with the opportunity to learn how to argue and defend points of view
• use our circle times to discuss matters of interest
• use our assembly time to share current affairs
Supporting Children: Operation Encompass
The school has been given the opportunity to take part in a project that will run jointly between schools and Devon and Cornwall Police. Operation Encompass is the reporting to schools, prior to the start of the next school day, when a child or young person has exposed to, or involved in, any domestic incident.
Operation Encompass will ensure that a member of the school staff, known as a Key Adult, is trained to allow them to liaise with the police and to use the information that has been shared, in confidence, while ensuring that the school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children,or their families, who have been involved in, or exposed to, a domestic abuse incident.
The key adults for our school are Debbie Buckingham, Kere Ascott and Clare Carowicz
We are keen to offer the best support possible to all our pupils and we believe this will be extremely beneficial for all those involved.
Operation Encompass website: www.operationencompass.org
Splitz Domestic Abuse Service: www.splitz.org
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