Safeguarding

Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has an important role to play in safeguarding children.

School staff are particularly important as they are in a position to identify concerns early and provide help for children, to prevent concerns from escalating. Schools and their staff form part of a wider safeguarding system for children. At New Close School we are committed to the well-being and safety of all our children and we will always adopt a sensitive and caring approach to support them and their families.


What is Safeguarding?

Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.

Safeguarding means:

  • Protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
  • Preventing harm to children’s health or development ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
  • Taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. 


What is Child Protection?

Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. This includes child protection procedures which detail how to respond to concerns about a child.

Safeguarding at New Close Primary School

At New Close we work to our values to ensure that every child, regardless of their age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation, has a right to equal protection from harm. 

Mr Ryan Bird is the New Close Safeguarding link Academy Councillor and works with the school safeguarding team to support and sustain a safe and child-centred culture across all our school.

 

New Close's Safeguarding Team's Contact Information and Policy 

Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mrs Louise Kilminster

01985 212304

Contact method for out of school hours or term time:


Out of hours
Children/Students can seek support via Childline on 0800 1111. The phone call is free and it is a confidential helpline. 

Click here to view all our policies, including our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy 


At New Close, we are aware of our Prevent Duty and staff are trained frequently with annual updates. Our Prevent risk assessment can be found at the link below:

New Close Acorn Prevent Duty Risk Assessment

When responding to any claim of sexual violence, sexual harassment and harmful sexual behaviour, we use the following system and procedure:

Response to reports of Sexual Violence Harmful Sexual Behaviour and Sexual Harassment


Operation Encompass

Our school receives information from Wiltshire Police in the event of any of our pupils experiencing or witnessing domestic violence or abuse. This information is shared as part of Wiltshire Police’s ‘Operation Encompass’ programme, aiming to ensure schools can offer support to these pupils when needed.

Wiltshire Police aim to share this information with us before the next school day, following a domestic incident, so that we can be ready to support the pupil on their arrival to school. Wiltshire Police also confirm with school whether or not the pupil is aware of the incident, so that decisions can be made around whether or not explicit or more discreet support can be offered.

In the event of an incident taking place outside of Wiltshire, the relevant Police Force dealing with the situation will pass the information to Wiltshire Police, who will then inform school via Operation Encompass.

Links to the relevant parts of our curriculum can be found here:

Our British Values Curriculum

Our Safeguarding Curriculum


If you have a concern about a child

If a child is in immediate danger, call 999. The Police will assess the situation and take the appropriate action to protect the child.

If you are a parent or another adult who has concerns about the safety of one of our children/students, please contact Mrs Louise Kilminster our Designated Safeguarding Lead.

If the child is not at immediate risk, contact your local child protection services. Their contact details can be found on the website for the local authority the child lives in. Wiltshire Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub can be contacted on:

Many people worry, “What if I am wrong?” but if we take a child-centred approach to safeguarding, we should all be asking, “What if I am right?” By raising a concern, you could be protecting not just one child, but future children. Whenever you are worried, whether it’s a big or little worry, always tell someone who can help.

In England, the Department for Education is the government sector responsible for all child protection policy. On a local level, local safeguarding partners such as the police, the local authority and designated safeguarding groups are in charge of managing any complaints or issues and ensuring that the principles of the Children Act are upheld.