Safeguarding and Child Protection
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Safeguarding is one of our most important tasks, as we care for the young children who attend our infant school. Safeguarding is considered to be a ‘golden thread’, running through our every policy and interaction, as we foster good mental and physical health in our pupils and ensure they feel safe, happy and confident in school.
Our safeguarding policy is updated annually, approved by the Governors and read by all staff. It is available below and on our ‘policies’ page.
On entering the school, all staff and visitors are asked to read our safeguarding notice, also shown below. If you become concerned about the welfare of a child in school, please contact the School's Designated Safeguarding Leader, Mrs Shirley James, and in her absence the Deputy Officer, Mrs Sarah Smithers. Alternatively our Governor responsible for safeguarding is Mrs Becky Perry, whose contact details can be obtained from the school office.
As part of West Byfleet Infant School's ongoing safeguarding and child protection duties we are fully behind the government’s Prevent Strategy.
From 1 July 2015 all schools are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in the exercise of their functions, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This duty is known as the Prevent Duty for Schools.
At West Byfleet Infant School, we build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values and enabling our pupils to challenge extremist views.
General safeguarding principles apply
to keeping children safe from the risk of radicalisation as set out in the relevant statutory
guidance, Working together to safeguard children and Keeping children safe in
education, which all staff at school have read and understood. In line with the statutory guidance, which refers to the importance of Prevent awareness training to equip staff to identify children at risk of being drawn into terrorism and to challenge extremist ideas, they have also undertaken the online general awareness training module on Channel. This is a programme which focuses on providing
support at an early stage to people who are identified as being vulnerable to being drawn
into terrorism. It provides a mechanism for schools to make referrals if they are
concerned that an individual might be vulnerable to radicalisation. An individual’s
engagement with the programme is entirely voluntary at all stages.
Please refer to our E-safety page to see how to safeguard your children when using computers, the internet and social media.