Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy 2023/2024

Safeguarding Statement 


John Perryn Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.


We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. All school staff are trained in Child Protection, and children are made aware of the adults they can talk to if they have any concerns. Staff are trained to look out for signs of physical/emotional harm or neglect and are required to report these to one of the safeguarding team at school.


We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection Policy which can be viewed in the policies section on our website.


Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies, when there are concerns about a child's welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare.


We actively support the Government's Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism. 


Our Safeguarding Team is made up of Ms. Catherine Mulvany (Deputy Head and Designated Safeguarding Lead), Ms. Leah Wright (Headteacher), Ms. Anna Lebiszczak (Assistant Head - maternity leave), Ms Anna Nou (SENDCO) and Ms Sophie Upfield (Acting Assistant Head). The Governors with responsibility for safeguarding in our school is Mr. Gerard Dineen. This Safeguarding Team work together closely and one of us will always be available to respond immediately to any safeguarding needs or concerns. We also work closely with every other member of the staff and volunteers here at John Perryn as we all have a collective responsibility to keep our children safe.


If you are concerned about a child or young person's welfare or safety, The Ealing Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) can be contacted on 020 8825 8000. If you have low level concerns and do not feel you need to speak to a social worker, please call the Family Information Service on 020 8825 5588.


If parents need support we can refer to Supportive Action for Families in Ealing (SAFE). Parents and families also have to option to self-refer if they prefer. SAFE workers support families and work together with school.



Photographs and Videos

Whilst lots of parents and carers really enjoy seeing photos and videos of their children’s school life, we are very mindful of our duty of care towards all our pupils. We take the issue of safeguarding very seriously and this includes the use of photographic and video images.


Any photographs or videos taken by parents, carers and relatives at school productions, sports days or other events are for the enjoyment of individual families. They must not be used in any way that could potentially place a child at risk. This would include publishing images in any form of print or on the Internet, including social networking sites. This is emphasised before concerts and shows etc and where practical a record of parents and relatives taking photographs or videos will be made.


We understand that in exceptional circumstances a parent or carer may not wish their child to be photographed or videoed in this way. If this is the case then please contact the headteacher.


Occasionally, the local press will be invited to take photographs of school events and special achievements. We like to use photographs of our children on our website, in school documents, for parent information meetings, newsletters and on our display screens around the school. If you do not wish photographs of your child to be used for these purposes, then please contact the Head teacher.


Safeguarding is most successful when all aspects are integrated together. Three key elements include a clear safeguarding ethos, a policy that sets out clear expectations and processes, and high-quality training that ensures staff know what to do and do it consistently across the school. 


The safety of our children and families is of the utmost importance to everyone working at John Perryn and we strive to ensure the very best outcomes for our community. Communication is absolutely key and we are always available to talk to anyone who may need help or support. Above all, we care.


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