Safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility.
Swaffham CE Primary Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Safeguarding Policy, which can be viewed here.
We may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child's welfare. We will often share and follow up our concerns about our pupils with their parents/carers, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the safety of the child.
Our Safeguarding Designated Lead is Miss Wright (Deputy Headteacher). Our Deputy Safeguarding Designated Professionals are Mrs Kaye (Headteacher), Miss McConalogue (Year 6 Teacher), Mrs Aird (Inclusion Support) and Mr Reeve (Student and Family Support Worker).
Our Designated Safeguarding Governor is Mr Paul Smith.
Our Chair of Governors is Mr Mike Dwyer.
What to do if you are concerned about a child:
If you have seen or heard something that makes you concerned about the safety of a child, there are a number of actions you can take:
~ If you believe a child is in immediate danger, call 999.
~ Call the school and ask to speak to one of our safeguarding professionals (see list above).
~ Call Norfolk Children's Services yourself on 0344 800 8020. (Click here for their website.)
~ Report your concern to the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000. (Click here for online information and reporting.)
~ If appropriate, encourage the child to contact Childine on 0800 1111. (The child can access online support here.)
At Swaffham Primary Academy we are working in partnership with Norfolk Constabulary and Norfolk Children’s Services to identify and provide appropriate support to pupils who have experienced domestic violence in their household; this scheme is called Operation Encompass. In order to achieve this, Norfolk Children’s Advice and Duty Service will share police information of all domestic incidents where one of our pupils has been present with the Designated Safeguarding Lead(s). On receipt of any information, the Designated Safeguarding Lead will decide on the appropriate support the child requires, this could be silent or overt. All information sharing and resulting actions will be undertaken in accordance with the ‘Norfolk Joint Agency Protocol for Domestic Abuse – Notifications to Schools’. We will record this information and store this information in accordance with the record keeping procedures outlined in this policy.