“Oakfields is committed to creating a happy and safe environment for our children to learn.”
This section will help you understand how we keep your children safe by telling you the following:
- How children can be harmed
- What we must do to keep your child safe from harm
- What you must do as a parent to help your child be safe and enjoy school
This is an important subject in which all staff receive regular training. Our priority is to work with you but there may be times when we have to involve other people.
Everybody has a responsibility to keep all children under the age of 18 safe.
What Parents Must Do
Parents are the most important people to keep their children safe.
You should always:
- Feel confident to raise concerns about your child
- Talk to the school if you need help or support
- Read the school policies about safety issues
- Let the school know if your child has a medical condition
- Let the school know if you have any court orders relating to the safety of your child
- Let the school know if there is a change in your circumstances such as a house move, a new contact number, a change of name, a change of parental responsibility
- Who will be dropping off or collecting your child and two other emergency contacts. You must inform the school of any changes to agreed arrangements
- Let the school know if your child is going to be absent and the reasons why
What The School Must Do
A child should be able to school and feel safe so that they can achieve their very best.
- Anybody who works or volunteers at Oakfields will be checked by the Police to make sure they are safe to work with children and then trained to identify child abuse and what to do if they are concerned.
- The school has a Designated Senior Person for Safeguarding, Miss Lauren Brewster and Mrs Sarah Murphy (EYFS), who has had extra training to know what to do when a concern is brought to them.
We will always listen to you and work closely with you if we are concerned about your child but, sometimes we may not be able to discuss our concern. The school has a safeguarding policy which tells you more about this and when we must speak to the police or children’s services. The policies are available on our website.
- We will help your child to learn about keeping themselves safe. Lessons can include healthy eating, anti-bullying, online safety, road safety, healthy relationships, drug and alcohol awareness.
- As part of these lessons your child will be told what to do if they are worried or concerned about their safety.
Harm is identified in four ways:
Physical – This is when a child is deliberately hurt or injured
Sexual – This is when a child is influenced or forced to take part in a sexual activity. This can be a physical activity or non physical, e.g. being made to look at an inappropriate image
Emotional – This is when a child is made to feel frightened, worthless or unloved. It can be by shouting, using threats or making fun of someone. It can also be when children see their parents or visitors to the home fighting or using violence
Neglect – This is when a child is not being taken care of by their parents. It can be poor hygiene, poor diet, not keeping appointments for additional support, not coming to school or being left home alone
Where to go for more information?
Contact the school
If you have any questions or concerns about the Prevent Strategy and what it means for your child, please do not hesitate to contact the school.
See our policies
The following sources may also be useful for further information: