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Safeguarding at Marnel Junior School
Here at Marnel Junior School safeguarding responsibilities are of the up most importance to us. All staff have undergone the relevant checks to enable them to work around children. We also provide regular safeguarding and 'top up' training sessions, to ensure we are reporting, recording, and sharing safeguarding concerns appropriately. As a school we work closely with Basingstoke Children Services Department and Early Help Hub. We are regularly updating guidance, policy and procedures in accordance with Hampshire County Council and the Hampshire Safeguarding Childrens Board.
We have a duty of care to report any safeguarding concerns and share this information with certain individuals and outside agencies where relevant. Within school we currently have four members of staff trained as Designated Safeguarding Leads. One or more of these adults will always be available to staff, parents, and pupils.
If you or anyone you know has any safeguarding concerns regarding a child in the school please contact one of the following members of staff.
HomeSchool Link Manager: Mrs V Dore (Lead DSL)
Acting Headteacher: Mr T Jordan (Deputy DSL)
Deputy Headteacher: Mrs L Herring (Deputy DSL)
SENCo: Mrs R Preece (Deputy DSL & Designated Teacher for LAC and PLAC)
As in all school, if there are concerns about a member of staff these are reported to the Headteacher. If concerns are raised regarding the conduct of the Headteacher that these are shared with our Chair of Governors, Steve Matthews. Our staff 'Whistleblowing Policy' has been a discussed with all staff and is readily available for all to read.
For further information please see our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policies under the 'policy' section of our school website.
In March the NSPCC came into school and completed their Speak Out Stay Safe sessions with the children. Their trained volunteers worked with the children through interactive sessions and assemblies. The purpose of their work is to equip the children with the knowledge and understanding that they need to stay safe from abuse and neglect. The children were taught to speak out if they are worried, to either a trusted adult or Child line.
All the children engaged really well in the child-friendly and engaging workshops. With the help of Buddy the speech bubble children were left empowered to speak out if needed. We really hope they took a lot away from the sessions and can carry these skills through the rest of the childhood and into their adult years.
If you have any questions or would like more information on the NSPCC's Speak Out and Stay Safe programme please visit their website https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/our-services/working-with-schools
or come into school and speak to a member of staff.
There is also a great website the NSPCC have out together, Net Aware which is a simple guide to the social networks our children use: https://www.net-aware.org.uk