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Safeguarding - key information

Safeguarding - Key information 

 

At Saltersgate Infants, we strive to provide a welcoming place for everyone in our school community. Children’s well-being, mental health and welfare are at the heart of everything we do, and keeping our children safe is our priority. We firmly believe that by working closely as a staff, as a community, and with our partner agencies, we can provide the safest environment for our children. 

 

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Mrs Rachel Wolfe, responsible for Safeguarding and Child Protection in school. Mr Lee Bell, Miss Nic McCue and Mrs Kellie Morton are our Deputy Safeguarding Leads (DDSLs), deputising in the absence of Mrs Wolfe. Our Safeguarding Link Governor is Ms Alison Fleetwood who supports the school in maintaining and keeping abreast of all Safeguarding matters. 

 

Should you have a Safeguarding concern, please inform one of our Safeguarding Team immediately on 01302 784429 or email us at familysupport@saltersgate-inf.doncaster.sch.uk 

 

Always call 999 immediately if someone is in specific danger. 

 

At Saltersgate Infants, we have policies and procedures in place to respond effectively to child protection and safeguarding issues. We carefully adhere to the procedures and guidance set out by the Doncaster Safeguarding Children’s Partnership (DCSP) and the statutory guidance issued by the Department for Education (in particular, ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021’). We have clear systems in place to share concerns about children’s welfare with our DSL, DDSLs, parents, and with the relevant external agencies. As part of our legal duty to safeguard children, we may consult specifically with and take advice from, the Police and Children’s Social Care as necessary.  

 

Within school, we ensure that our selection and recruitment processes include all statutory checks of staff, governors and regular volunteers, including obtaining an enhanced DBS check for everyone. All staff are trained at a level appropriate to their safeguarding responsibilities and duties, and both staff and Governors receive annual safeguarding training to remind them of the procedures and of protocols we adhere to. Staff have access to relevant legislation and guidance in relation to the working with and to the protection of our pupils, and demonstrate a commitment to promoting British Values within our curriculum offer. 

 

All staff understand the protocol for sharing concerns regarding staff conduct around children, which is detailed in our ‘Whistleblowing Policy’, and this has been discussed and adopted by all staff and our Governors. 

 

All staff are trained in basic first aid, with a large number of staff specifically trained in Paediatric first aid. 

School policies cover every aspect of school life. Below are some of our most important policies for your reference. If you want to know our policy on something that is not listed, please ask the school office.

Family Support Worker

 

Mrs Morton is our Family Support Worker in school, 

  

Mrs Morton's role in school is to provide support, advice and information to the families within our school community. She can help you with any worries you may have in relation to your child’s education, behaviour and well-being, and is also here as someone to talk to for our Saltersgate grown-ups too, should you need it. 

  

Advice and support is confidential, and non-judgmental, although Mrs Morton may not have all the answers, she will always try her best to help you find them whilst guiding you in a positive direction. 

  

Mrs Morton's role involves building positive relationships with your children, and maintaining them throughout their infant school years, ensuring they always have a consistent ‘go to’ person to share anything they are worried about, their achievements, or to share the fun they had at the weekend! 

  

As a Family Support Worker, Mrs Morton may visit your family home as a welfare visit for absent children or to provide more bespoke family support. This is again, not to be intrusive, or judgmental, and it is purely to see how your child and your family are – Because here at Saltersgate, we care. 

  

As a school, we feel that being together as a community is important; for parents to have those positive relationships, not only with Mrs Morton, our Family Support Worker, but with other parents in school, someone to chat to, or sometimes just to listen to, so keep a look out for coffee mornings and parent workshops as Mrs Morton will be organising these throughout the year.   

 

If you would like to contact Mrs Morton, she is based in the front office in the main school entrance. She will also be around on the playground most days at drop off or pick up times. You can also contact Mrs Morton on 01302 784429 or emailing Familysupport@Saltersgate-inf.doncaster.sch.uk

Useful links

 

https://www.doncasterchildrenstrust.co.uk/how-we-work-you/early-help

Early Help is a way of thinking and working together as services with families that have additional or more complex needs. Early Help can prevent problems from getting worse by providing support to families when a need is identified or as soon as a problem emerges.

 

https://solihullapproachparenting.com/online-courses-for-parents/  

Across the UK and internationally, the Solihull Approach supports mental health and wellbeing in parents, children, schools, older adults and high stress workplaces through an evidence based model in trainings, online courses and resources.

 

https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/services-near-you/

Find your nearest NHS services, including pharmacies, GPs, and A&E

 

https://www.autism.org.uk/directory/l/little-rainbows-autism-group

Little Rainbows is a voluntary group providing support to the families of young children affected by Autism and Asperger's Syndrome in the Doncaster Area. 

 

https://www.familylives.org.uk/advice/

Find advice on all aspects of family life from bonding with your new baby, dealing with tantrums, positive discipline, bullying, communicating with teens and divorce and separation. 

 

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/support-for-parents/

Parenting tips for all stages of your child's life, as well as advice on how to deal with difficult situations.

 

https://www.gingerbread.org.uk/

Information pages containing a wealth of regularly updated guidance, signposting and general information for all single parents on all aspects of single parent life.

 

https://www.doncaster.gov.uk/services/crime-anti-social-behaviour-nuisance/domestic-abuse-support

Support for victims of domestic abuse, children and young people, people who are abusive and information to help those you are worried about.

 

https://www.doncaster.gov.uk/services/schools/families-information-service-fis

Families Information Service provides information, advice and guidance for parents, carers, practitioners, children and young people on a wide range of services and activities/events available in Doncaster and beyond.

 

https://www.rdash.nhs.uk/services/our-services/adult-mental-health-services/

Adult Mental Health Services provide inpatient and community support in Doncaster, Rotherham and North Lincolnshire.

 

https://hubofhope.co.uk/

The Hub of Hope is the UK’s leading mental health support database. It is provided by national mental health charity, Chasing the Stigma, and brings local, national, peer, community, charity, private and NHS mental health support and services together in one place for the first time. 

 

https://www.nhs.uk/start4life

Trusted NHS help and advice during pregnancy, birth and parenthood

 

https://thesleepcharity.org.uk/   

High quality information and advice to deal with most sleep issues.

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