Safeguarding (including PREVENT)
What is safeguarding?
Safeguarding is our duty of care to minimise the risk of harm to children regardless of their age, gender, religion or ethnicity.
The purpose of Putteridge Primary School's safeguarding policy is to provide a secure framework for our staff in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the pupils who attend our school.
The policy aims to ensure that:
- All our pupils are safe and protected from harm
- Policies and guidelines are in place to enable our pupils to feel safe and adopt safe practices
- Staff, pupils, governors, visitors, volunteers, parents and carers are aware of the expected behaviours and the school’s legal responsibilities in relation to safeguarding and promoting the safety and well-being of all our pupils
Protecting children from extremism and radicalisation
From 1 July 2015, all schools have become subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in the exercise of their functions, to have 'due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism'. This duty is known as the Prevent Duty for Schools.
The statutory guidance refers to the importance of Prevent awareness training to equip staff to identify children at risk of being drawn into terrorism and to challenge extremist ideas. The Home Office has developed a core training product for this purpose – Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent (WRAP). All our staff have received WRAP training relating to what Prevent is about and how to deal with any issues they may see inside or outside school.
Preventing extremism and radicalisation strategy
We take seriously our duty contained in the Counter Terrorism and Security Act (2015), to prevent pupils and those working in school from being radicalised or drawn into extremism. We follow the advice contained within the Prevent Duty (June 2015) in conjunction with the other duties, which we already have for keeping children safe in school.
Safeguarding Team at Putteridge Primary School
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Bianca Spiteri.
We have a number of Deputy Safeguarding Leads and they are:
Colin Pickard, Nicola Chinnery, Vicki Prowle, Lorraine Bright and Ellen Rowenoak.