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Stalyhill Infant School
  • Stalyhill Infant School, Stalyhill Drive,
  • Stalybridge, SK15 2TR
  • 01457 763 598

Keeping Children Safe

Keeping Children Safe in Education Update September 5th 2016

An updated version of KCSiE has been published following the DfE’s recent consultation. Please see the link below to view.

 

The DfE has attended to the many suggestions put forward during consultation and has clearly taken these into account. The DfE has also listened to calls for the recent changes to come into effect from September and therefore as this guidance will commence from 5th September 2016, we are currently updating school staff and  amending all relevant school policies in light of required changes and these will be ready over the next few weeks.

 

DfE's summary of the changes is as follows:

 

"The changes aim to strengthen the guidance so that all staff are clear as to their responsibilities in safeguarding children and know how to respond if they have concerns about the welfare of a child.

 

Main changes include:

  • reinforcing the importance of Part one of the guidance as a starting point for all staff in schools and colleges to read and have mechanisms in place to support understanding;
  • reducing the size of Part one so the more detailed additional safeguarding information can be targeted at those staff who work directly with children;
  • increasing the focus on the importance of a child-centred and coordinated response to safeguarding;
  • emphasising further the role that individual staff play in safeguarding and the fact that it is everyone’s responsibility;
  • highlighting the importance of early help and how it sits in the wider safeguarding system;
  • clarifying the difference between a concern and a child in immediate danger and the required action in each case;
  • inserting a new requirement into the guidance to ensure staff are regularly updated on safeguarding and child protection, as required, but at least annually;
  • clarifying confidentiality and moving it from Part two to Part one so that all staff will see it;
  • updating information on whistleblowing, in particular signposting to the new NSPCC helpline;
  • clarifying the role of the designated safeguarding lead and cover for the role; and
  • inserting a new section to cover online safety, including the requirement in guidance for schools and colleges to have appropriate monitoring and filtering systems in place and an annex to support schools and colleges."

Operation Encompass

 

Between November 2016 and February 2017 our school is taking part in a pilot of a new project that will run jointly between Stalybridge schools and Greater Manchester Police. This project is called Operation Encompass.  It aims to support children who are affected by domestic violence by ensuring that their school is informed. This allows the school to support the children. If you have any other questions about this project, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

All staff, including temporary staff and volunteers are subject to stringent background checks including clearance with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to ensure their suitability for working with children.

 

Whilst the prime focus of Stalyhill Infant School is to secure the best educational provision for the child, the school believes that the safety, welfare and care of children is paramount. We are therefore committed to the highest standards in protecting and safeguarding the children entrusted into our care at all times.

Our designated Child Protection Lead Person is Mrs L Lockett. 

Our deputy Child Protection Lead is Mrs L Plant.

 

Our Child Protection Link Governor is Mrs J Nolan. 

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