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Safeguarding Statement

All children have the right to be protected from harm.

East Wittering Community 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 and volunteers are trained in Child Protection and Safeguarding, 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 both staff and volunteers are required to report these to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).

To promote a safe environment for students, East Wittering Community Primary School employs a strict selection and recruitment policy which includes all statutory checks on staff and regular volunteers including Enhanced DBS (disclosure and barring service) checks.

We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection and safeguarding policy, a copy of which can be found by following the link below. 

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

The West Sussex Integrated Front Door (IFD) can be contacted on 01403 229900 or out of hours on 0330 222 6664.

We work in partnership with other agencies like the Health Authority, Children's Services and the police to identify, assess, and support children who are, or who may be, suffering harm.

Because our first concern must be the well-being of your child, there may be occasions when we have to consult other agencies before we contact you. The procedures we have to follow have been laid down in accordance with the Local Authority Child Protection Procedures and can found in our policy. 

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL):  Mrs Justine Brooks Headteacher

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead:  Miss Parysah Yazdanpanah Deputy Headteacher

                                                                            Mrs Katie Ireland KS1 Phase Leader

                                                                            Mrs Kirsty Geary- SENCo

Designated Governor for Child Protection and Safeguarding:  Mr David Aspden  Vice Chair of Governors

Areas of safeguarding are also covered in the school's policies including:

Acceptable Use Policy (including E Safety, Digital and Social Media)

Anti-bullying, Behaviour 

Attendance, Removal from Roll, Missing Children in Education

Child Protection and safeguarding (incl. Management of allegations against staff & Recording Policy)

Drugs and Substance Misuse

Equal Opportunities Policy

First Aid (including management of medical conditions, intimate care)

Health and Safety (including school security)

Off-site Activities

Recruitment and Selection

Use of Reasonable Force

Use of Photographs/Video

Whistle Blowing (Confidential Reporting Policy)

Statutory school policies are published on the school website; hard copies may also be obtained from the school office.

Click for Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy Sept 2022

In regards to our commitment to safeguarding children, we abide by the statutory guidance in Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022.  This document sets out the legal requirements of our staff in relation to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.  Our Child Protection and Safeguarding policy takes account of this document and it is included within our safeguarding training.  You can read more by clicking the link below. 

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022