Safeguarding

"I like being at school because I feel safer and wake up feeling bright because it is a school day"… Year 5 pupil

Safeguarding Statement

The Minster Junior School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Safeguarding Policy which can be viewed in the Policies section of our website.

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child's welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare.

We actively support the Government's Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism. 

Our Designated Safeguarding Joint Leaders are Jasent Robertson (Family Link Worker) and Derrick Francis (Deputy Headteacher). The Deputy Safeguarding Leader is Hannah Farhan (Headteacher).

NB: An updated version of Keeping Children Safe in Education- click here

What are the key changes to Keeping Children Safe in Education from September 2020?

Mental Health

All staff should also be aware that mental health problems can, in some cases, be an indicator that a child has suffered or is at risk of suffering abuse, neglect or exploitation. Only appropriately trained professionals should attempt to make a diagnosis of a mental health problem. Staff however, are well placed to observe children day-to-day and identify those whose behaviour suggests that they may be experiencing a mental health problem or be at risk of developing one

Where children have suffered abuse and neglect, or other potentially traumatic adverse childhood experiences, this can have a lasting impact throughout childhood, adolescence and into adulthood. It is key that staff are aware of how these children’s experiences, can impact on their mental health, behaviour and education. If staff have a mental health concern about a child that is also a safeguarding concern, immediate action should be taken, following their child protection policy and speaking to the designated safeguarding lead or a deputy.

Homelessness

A  new resource has been added on homelessness:  Homelessness: How local authorities should exercise their functions – Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government guidance.  See the following link: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/homelessness-code-of-guidance-for-local-authorities

Inspections

From September 2019, Ofsted’s inspections of early years, schools and post-16 provisions will be carried out under Ofsted’s Education Framework. This replaces the previously-used Common inspection framework.

Section 128 checks

This section was updated in KCSIE 2018: where it previously only applied to management, it was extended to include governors/trustees, headteachers, members of the Senior Leadership Team and departmental heads. This year’s update provides further clarity for how it applies to governors.

To view the full Keeping Children Safe in Education Policy 2020-click here

To view our current Safeguarding Policy, please click here

To view our Online Safety Policy, please click here