Everyone at Camelot Primary School works together to ensure that children and young people are kept safe by contributing to:
- providing a safe environment for children and young people to learn; and
- identifying children who are suffering or likely to suffer physical, emotional, significant harm, neglect, effects of domestic violence and taking appropriate action with the aim of making sure they are kept safe both at home and at the school.
Safeguarding Lead: Madeline Eastwood - Deputy Headteacher
Deputy Safeguarding Lead - James Robinson - Headteacher
If neither of the Designated Persons are available and you are concerned about a child, then you can see;– Gisela Wilkinson- Family Support Worker or Sotira Stephanou- Learning Mentor
Governor in charge of Safeguarding: Rosemary Blomfield
If you have a concern or would like to contact our Designated persons, please click on the link below or contact the school office.
Guidelines for Staff
If you think a child is in need because they are suffering or likely to suffer you MUST do the following.
- Act quickly and share the information with your designated person;
- Make a note of what you have seen or been told. Personal relationships, opinions, emotions, are not relevant.
- Do not make assumptions – keep an open mind.
- Do not ask any leading questions and or cross-examine the child. Only ask simple and open questions – Who? What? Where? When? Etc, NEVER ask why.
- Do not physically examine the child (other than in an emergency when no first aider is available).
- NEVER promise to keep “secrets”. Explain that you can listen to them, but make it clear that if you perceive that they are in any danger of harm then you will have to seek advice because you have a duty to protect children and young people. Reassure them that they can be helped and kept safe.
- Maintain confidentiality for the child or young person. It is vital that you NEVER ring home or contact Children’s Social Care services yourself – that is the role of the Designated Person.
- Be discreet – do not do or say anything that may place the child or yourself at risk.
- If the disclosure or your concern relates to a member of staff, this must as soon as possible be shared with the Designated Person and nothing should be said to the colleague involved.
If you are in any kind of doubt about procedures for Safeguarding Children, then please see the Headteacher straight away.
The School’s Safeguarding Policy contains more detail.