Children protection and safeguarding
At Belle Vue Primary School & Nursery the health, safety and well-being of every child is our priority. We expect all staff, governors and volunteers to share this commitment to safeguarding our pupils.
We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. All school staff are trained in Child Protection, and children are made aware of the adults they can talk to if they have any concerns. Staff are trained to look out for signs of physical/emotional harm or neglect and are required to report these to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).
The procedures which we follow have been laid down by the Dudley Safeguarding Team and the school has adopted a Child Protection Policy in line with this, for the safety of all. On rare occasions our concern about a child may mean that we have to consult other agencies. We will ensure that all concerns are discussed with parent/carers first, before any referrals are made, unless we believe that such a move may be contrary to a child’s welfare.
We actively support the Government's Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism.
Key Contacts are:
Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mrs C Davies (Deputy Head Teacher).
Deputy Safeguarding Leads: Mrs C Mulligan, Mr M O’Sullivan, Mrs A Perrett and Mrs S Richardson.
Designated Person for Looked After Children (LAC): Mrs C Davies.
Designated Teacher for Pupil Premium: Mrs C Muilligan.
What should I do if I have a concern?
If you are concerned about the safety of a child, you can email the DSL on firstname.lastname@example.org or you can contact the school on 01384 818615.
If you have concerns regarding a child or adult during holiday time please contact the Dudley Safeguarding People Partnership on the following:
For children 0300 555 0050 – 9 am to 5 pm
For adults 0300 333 0055 – 9 am to 5 pm
For all out of hours calls contact 0300 555 8874 or in an emergency call 999
Information and policies relating to child protection and safeguarding
External agency advisory services for parents and carers
"Extremism is vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. We also include in our definition of extremism calls for death of members of our armed forces, whether in this country or overseas" (HM Government Prevent Strategy)
PREVENT in the context of Counter-terrorism is intervention before any criminal offence has been committed with the aim of preventing individuals or groups from committing crimes.
Keeping children safe from these risks is a safeguarding matter and is approached in the same way as safeguarding children from other risks. Children should be protected from messages of all violent extremism including, but not restricted to, those link to extreme Islamist ideology, or to Far Right/Neo Nazi/White Supremacist ideology, Irish Nationalist and Loyalist paramilitary groups, and extremist Animal Rights movements.
Belle Vue Primary & Nursery school are part of the Operation Encompass project which runs alongside The West Midlands Police.
Operation Encompass reports to schools, prior to the start of the next school day, when a child or young person has been exposed to, or involved in, any domestic incident.
A key adult, liaises with the police and to use the information that has been shared, in confidence, while ensuring that the school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children, or their families, who have been involved in, or exposed to, a domestic incident.
Dudley's early help offer
Providing early help is more effective in promoting the welfare of children than reacting later.
Early help means providing support as soon as a problem emerges, at any point in a child’s life. Early help can also prevent further problems arising.
Effective early help relies upon local organisations and agencies working together to identify children and families who would benefit from early help and to undertake an assessment of the need for early help.
For more information on Early Help please view the Dudley Early Help page, or speak to a DSL