Mrs Catherine Oliver is our Designated Safeguarding lead
Mr Anthony Tierney is the deputy Designated Safeguarding lead
Mr Tim Boardman is our named Safeguarding governor
At Burbage, we strongly believe in the principles set out in our safeguarding statement (see below). Our staff are vigilant, professionally curious and genuinely care about the safety and wellbeing of our children.
Every day, our staff go above and beyond to maintain children's safety and wellbeing and always make decisions that they believe to be in children's best interests.
Our staff are keen to extend their knowledge and understanding of safeguarding issues: we promote a culture where staff ask if they are unsure of or concerned about something (even if it may seem only a minor issue); staff regularly hold discussions about children's safety and wellbeing and they strive to do all they can to provide the support and care, children deserve.
Our safeguarding statement
Burbage Primary School Safeguarding Statement
At Burbage Primary School, we want our pupils to grow up as confident, happy young people. We want our school to be a place where everyone feels safe, secure and supported. We want teaching to be effective and engaging, and learning to be enjoyable and fun. We want all our children, regardless of their background or ability, to reach their full potential and to be proud of their work and achievements. We want there to be clear communication between school and home, and for parents to feel fully involved. We value, and want to be valued by, our local community. We are dedicated to working together to achieve this vision for our school. Our safeguarding arrangements are underpinned by four key principles:
- Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility: all staff/anyone who has contact with a child or young person, including Governors and volunteers, should play their full part in keeping children safe;
- We will aim to protect children using national, local and school child protection procedures;
- All staff/anyone who has contact with a child or young person, including Governors and volunteers, have a clear understanding regarding abuse and neglect in all forms; including how to identify, respond and report. This also includes knowledge in the process for allegations against professionals. Staff, Governors and volunteers should feel confident that they can report all matters of safeguarding in the school where the information will be dealt with swiftly and securely, following the correct procedures with the safety and wellbeing of the children in mind at all times;
- We operate a child-centred approach: a clear understanding of the needs, wishes, views and voices of children.
We follow the guidance in:
- ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ (Updated July 2018);
- “Keeping Children Safe in Education” (September 2022);
- “What to do if you are worried a child is being abused: Advice for Practitioners”. (March 2015);
- “Information Sharing: Advice for Practitioners providing Safeguarding Services to Children, Young People, Parents and Carers”. (July 2018);
- “The Prevent Duty Departmental, advice for Schools and child care providers (June 2015);
- Furthermore, we will follow the procedures set out by the Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Children’s Partnership.
Sometimes, we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies about a pupil’s welfare. We will endeavour to ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with their parents or carers first, unless we have a reason to believe that it is not in the child’s best interests. On some occasions, our concern about a child may mean that we have to consult other agencies even before we contact parents.
Our Deputy Head, Mrs Oliver, is the Designated Safeguarding Lead and designated person for Child Protection; should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact her: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or please call the school office on 0129822278.
Our Headteacher, Anthony Tierney, is our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead.
Tim Boardman is our Safeguarding Governor and is also fully trained in this area; he works with Mrs Oliver to check policy documents, practices and procedures linked to safeguarding and child protection.
Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy
Children Missing from Education Policy