The Potton Federation’s Safeguarding Policy aims to provide clear direction with regards to expected codes of behaviour in dealing with child protection issues. The policy also aims to make explicit the Federation’s commitment to the development of good practice and sound procedures.
The purpose of the policy is, therefore, to ensure that child protection concerns and referrals are handled sensitively, professionally and in ways that support the needs of the child. The Potton Federation follows the definition for Safeguarding॓ adopted by Ofsted which they summarise as follows:
- protecting children from maltreatment
- preventing the impairment of children’s health or development
- ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
- undertaking that role so as to enable those children to have optimum life chances and enter adulthood successfully
We are aware that because of the day-to-day contact with the children, Potton Federation staff are well placed to observe the outward signs of harm. We will, therefore, continue to develop and maintain an environment where children feel secure, are encouraged to talk, and are listened to. In support of our vision statement we will ensure that children know that there are designated adults in the school whom they can approach if they are worried about any issues, whether it be related to their school life or life outside of school.
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility
If you have concerns about a child of a family, please contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead.
Our Designated Lead Professionals in this area are:
Designated Safeguarding Lead – Duane Brooks – Interim Deputy Headteacher
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads:
Phil Adams – Acting Assistant Head (Curriculum)
Meggie Howe – Head of Foundation and Key Stage 1
Samantha Chamberlain – Head of Key Stage 2
Our Safeguarding Governor is Deborah Ridley-Joyce
Alternatively, you can contact Central Bedfordshire Council’s Access and Referral Hub on 0300 300 8585.
Out of hours: 0300 300 8123
Parents and children can access information and website links about how to protect young people online by clicking on the relevant tabs below.
Domestic Abuse information
Educate Against Hate
A pocket-size booklet for parents with information about extremism and radicalisation, produced by Educate Against Hate.
Are you aware of these two text messaging services for parents and young people?
Parentline: for parents and carers of those aged 0-19 TEXT 07507 331456
Parentline offers advice and support on a range of issues such as weaning, sleep and emotional health. You can also find out how to access other local services. For more information please visit: www.cambscommunityservices.nhs.uk/Bedfordshire/services/health-visiting/parentline or watch our short animation: https://vimeo.com/333146030
ChatHealth: for young people aged 11-19 TEXT 07507 331450
We’ve also launched ChatHealth, a similar service for young people to confidentially ask for help about a range of issues, or make an appointment with a school nurse. Young people can also find out how to access other local services including emotional support or sexual health services. For more information please visit: www.cambscommunityservices.nhs.uk/Bedfordshire/services/school-nursing/chathealth-bedfordshire or watch our short animation: https://vimeo.com/507047916/7266be3f14
Parentline and ChatHealth are available Monday to Friday from 9am to 4.30pm. Parents, carers and young people can send a text anonymously to a dedicated number from any type of mobile phone.