Arundale Primary School is committed to safeguarding its children and ensuring their safety whilst on the school grounds, as well as their welfare outside of school time. We believe that pupils have the right to feel safe in a caring and supportive environment. Our staff are vigilant for any signs of distress and safeguarding procedures are immediately put into place should there be any problems.
As you will be aware children are growing increasingly interested in social media and the opportunities it presents them. Whilst it is hard to believe our children would be encouraged to overshare, incidents of misuse are growing and we ask that you take a short look at the documents below where we have created a Parents comprehensive list of the 17 most common Apps children may use and the potential threats/dangers they may be exposed to.
The It’s Not Okay scheme– organised by the multi-agency Project Phoenix team – is aimed to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation and, in particular, encourage people to stay alert to anyone who may be vulnerable while travelling.
During the Week of Action, Tameside Phoenix team visited train and bus stations, schools and Ashton Moss leisure complex to raise awareness of CSE safety messages. Tameside taxi and cab drivers also received training in spotting the signs of CSE. There was also multi-agency visits to Tameside premises where intelligence suggests there may be links to CSE activity.
Arundale Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff, volunteers and members of the wider school community to share this commitment. For full details of our safeguarding arrangements please refer to the Safeguarding policy.
Should you have any concerns relating to the safety and welfare of a child at the school you should immediately contact our designated person(s) for safeguarding:- Mrs Stocker and Miss Whitfield, Designated Safeguarding Leads or Mr Hartley and Mrs Whitehurst, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads.
Should you have any concerns in terms of Safeguarding relating to the behaviour of a member of staff, you should immediately contact the designated person as above. If the allegation concerns the Assistant Head, Executive Head of School or any other teacher, you should contact: Mrs Dolan, Chair of Governors, via school who will arrange for her to call you as soon as possible.
Should you feel that your concerns have not been dealt with appropriately by the school/chair of governors, you should contact the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO), which can be found on the following website http://www.tamesidesafeguardingchildren.org.uk/professionals/managementofallegations.aspx
Copies of the Safeguarding and Child Protection Policies can be found on our Policies page.
We all want our children to live in a safe and loving environment so that they can grow up to become happy, confident adults. You will already know that your children can be vulnerable to risks both inside and outside the home, and will have taken steps to protect them so they can grow, learn and develop to their fullest potential.
Protecting your children from radicalisation and extremism is similar to protecting them from the other harms you may be more familiar with, such as drugs, gangs and sexual exploitation.
People sometimes wonder what the difference is between the terms safeguarding and child protection.
In practice, Safeguarding is the policies and practices that schools and Governing Bodies employ to keep children safe and promote their well-being. This means everything from security of the buildings, to the safe recruitment of staff and everything in between. This diagram sets out what Safeguarding means in schools:
As you can see, Child Protection is one aspect of Safeguarding. Child Protection is a term used to describe the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering or likely to suffer significant harm.
Since January 2019, Arundale Primary School has implemented a project run jointly between schools and Greater Manchester Police. The 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 children to be supported by school. You can find out more about Operation Encompass on the link below.
As parents, you want to make sure that your children develop healthily and thrive. We're here to help you with advice on how you can build strong relationships with your children and keep them safe.
There is a useful guide for parents should you have any worries or concerns. You can find a this on the Tameside Safeguarding Children's Partnership website.
Here is advice and resources for helping parents to keep their children safe, advice for parents on keeping children safe out of school, at home and online, when using the internet, social networking websites and playing online games, help and advice for creating a safe and nurturing environment for your children.
For guidance, further details can be found from:
If you become concerned that a child is in danger of serious or imminent harm contact the police on 999 at the first instance. If you have a concern that a child or young person may be being harmed by abuse and neglect you can contact either the NSPCC (See information below), or call children's social care on 0161 342 4101. or 0161 342 2222 if it is out of office hours.
(The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children is a charity campaigning and working in child protection in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands).
Calls are free from landlines and most mobiles.
This service is free and we'll try to text you back within three hours.
We will try to read and act on your email within 24 hours.