Long Lawford Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at school.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child's welfare. Concerns will be discussed with parents / carers first unless we have reason to believe such a move would be contrary to a child's welfare.
Our Lead Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs N Hetherington (deputy head teacher). She is assisted in this role by 3 other deputy DSLs: Mrs J McSweeney, Mrs C Bird and Mrs C Stringer.
Our procedures for keeping children safe are set out in our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy, which can be viewed by clicking the link at the bottom of the page.
The number for MASH (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub) is 01926 414144.
Online Safety is an important part of safeguarding and we want to ensure that all students and staff at Long Lawford School are responsible online citizens both in and out of school. Everyone is encouraged to do what they can to make the Internet a better place and to make sure they keep themselves safe when using the Internet, particularly when using games, apps and websites which allow social interaction.
We also want to make sure that all pupils are accessing content and playing games which are age appropriate and ask for the help of parents with this. There are some posters from National Online Safety to view here. There are also some great Internet safety leaflets for parents here.
Some of our students have made videos to remind everyone about how important it is to keep safe online. You can watch the videos here.
Photos in School
Due to safeguarding reasons, Long Lawford Primary is a 'no phone zone'. We ask that parents/carers/visitors refrain from taking photos and videos of their children when on school grounds during events such as parties, discos, assemblies and sports events.
Subject to other restrictions notified to parents in advance in writing or verbally, you are welcome to take still photographs of your own children during certain school activities (e.g. parents will be asked to wait until the end of a school performance or activity before taking photos, instead of taking photos during a performance or activity). Parents must not publish photographs of other children inadvertently captured during school events without the express permission of the parents of those children (including on social media).
Parents are not welcome to video record their own children during school activities, subject to the same terms and conditions as for photographs above.
Additionally, school staff with check regularly with parents/carers regarding photo permissions. Parents/carers will be told how their child's photographs will be used and can give or withdraw consent as they see fit. School staff will abide by wishes made by parents/carers. Further information can be found in our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy.
We also ask that parents/carers do not use their phones on school site whilst dropping off or picking up children at the start and end of then school day. Please wait until you are off school site to make and receive calls. We ask that parents greet their child with a smile, not a mobile.
Being safe in our Neighbourhood
There are many ways to remain safe in our neighbourhood. Here are some useful links to support us all.
We are a Team Teach School. Team Teach is all about de-escalation strategies and how to support children in crisis. However, it may at times be appropriate to physically intervene. Key staff have been trained to move, handle and hold children to keep them safe and only when it is in the best interests of the child. We will only use Team Teach moving and handling techniques when:
- a child is hurting themselves
- a child is hurting someone else
- a child is causing damage to school property
- a child is committing a criminal offence
- a child is demonstrating behaviours that are prejudicial to maintaining the good order and discipline either in school or when off site (e.g. attending a school trip).
The inclusion team works with every child after experiencing crisis to explore triggers and support needed to ensure crisis is avoided as much as possible.
Any incidents of moving and handling are recorded by school staff and parents are spoken to regarding what has happened and any further support that the school can offer children and families.
We comply with the Department for Education guidance regarding Use of Reasonable Force (2013), which can be found here.
We are a Protective Behaviours school. Protective Behaviours is a practical and down to earth approach to personal safety. It is a process which encourages self-empowerment and brings with it the skills to avoid feeling and being victimised. This is achieved by helping people recognise and trust their intuitive feelings (Early Warning Signs) and develop strategies for self-protection.
The Protective Behaviours process encourages an adventurous approach to life which satisfies the need for fun and excitement without violence and fear.