Keeping Children Safe
Keeping children safe is our top priority at Bluebell Primary School. Without feeling physically and emotionally safe, children can not thrive or learn.
Throughout our curriculum, and the school year, there are opportunities to teach the children how to keep themselves safe, for example: online safety, riding a bike safely, road safety.
We are all committed to safeguarding children and all staff are trained to look out for and report any signs of abuse or neglect. Staff report this to the designated safeguarding leads in school, who are experienced in handling these concerns. Where we feel that a family needs some extra support, DSLs may refer them to Early Help, to work with a range or practitioners. Where we feel that a child may be in danger, we would urgently refer the family to Children’s Services. In all cases, we would seek to work with the family, to name our concerns, and work on plans to improve the situation. Sometimes this means having difficult conversations, but the safety of the child is our ultimate concern.
If you have concerns that you need to share, you can speak to any of the school DSLs.
Photos of Helen Plowman, Ed Dooley, Susanna Eastick and Sarah Honeyman. There will always be at least one DSL available at school. If you would rather make a referral yourself to Children’s Services, you can call 0344 800 8020. If it is an emergency and a child is in current or imminent danger, call 999.
We work with Norfolk County Council and Norfolk Constabulary to keep children safe. Where a child from Bluebell Primary School is a witness to or involved in an incident that police are called to, the school are informed through Operation Encompass. https://www.schools.norfolk.gov.uk/pupil-safety-and-behaviour/safeguarding/operation-encompass
When visitors come to the school they are expected to read our safeguarding information and to follow all school procedures. Visitors working with children in an unsupervised capacity will be asked for their DBS.Safeguarding-Arrangements-Leaflet-for-Visitors
Any allegation concerning a member of staff, a child’s foster carer or a volunteer should be reported immediately to the Headteacher. If an allegation is made about the Headteacher you should pass this information to the Chair of the Governing Body – Jane Rolph. Alternatively, you can contact the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO).
More details can be found about safeguarding in our policies section.