Safeguarding / Child Protection Lead
The Safeguarding / Child Protection Lead for St. George’s C.E. (V.A.) Primary School is Mrs Mandy Brown, Headteacher, supported by Mrs Sarah Craig, Deputy Headteacher.
School Safeguarding Policy (2015/16) [PDF icon]
Alongside our own [policies and procedures], information from other sources will be posted to give advice, facts and resources to support parents/carers to help protect their children.
Child Sexual Exploitation
Child Sexual Exploitation, or CSE, is a form of sexual abuse which sees children / young people being manipulated or coerced into sexual activity for receiving ‘something’ such as; gifts, money, food, attention, somewhere to stay etc.
Technology is very often used to groom victims. This may occur through social networking sites, mobile phones with internet access and console games with internet access.
CSE has gained a large amount of media attention over the last few years as lots of services involved with children and young people have noticed a big rise in cases involving CSE.
PACE (Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation) is a national charity that works with parents and carers whose children are sexually exploited. PACE offers one-to-one telephone support, national and local meet-ups with other affected parents and information on how parents can work in partnership with school, police and social care. Click here to visit the PACE website.
Children and young people spend lots of time on the internet. They may go online to research information for homework or to play games, chat with friends and make new ones.
The internet holds a massive amount of useful information and can also be a really good way of learning about new things and keeping in contact with friends and family. It can also be a very dangerous place so it is important that children are protected and monitored when they are online.
Click here to visit our page dedicated to E-Safety.
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
In April 2014 every school in England received new safeguarding guidelines and detailed information on identifying and responding to Female Genital Mutilation.
FGM is a procedure carried out on young girls between the ages of infancy and 15 years of age. Female Genital Mutilation is classified as a form of Child Abuse in the UK. It therefore makes the procedure of it a serious Child Protection issue.
It is illegal for anyone to perform FGM in the UK or to arrange for a child to be transported to another country for the procedure. The maximum sentence for carrying out FGM or helping it to take place is 14 years in prison.
There is lots of information and support available online for parents / carers concerned about this subject, or if you know someone who is at risk.
Contact the Police if you think that a girl or young woman is in danger of FGM and is still in the UK.
Contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (020 7008 1500) if she’s already been taken abroad.
The Daughters of Eve is an organisation that helps to raise awareness of this issue and sign-posts those affected by it to supportive services. You can visit their website by clicking here.
The NSPCC has detailed advice on how to spot the signs, symptoms and effects of FGM and provides support for people who are concerned about a child or who have been affected themselves. Visit their website by clicking here.
The NSPCC offers a free and anonymous FGM 24 hour helpline. Call 0800 028 3550 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reporting a Concern of Abuse or Neglect
If you have concerns that a child you know is at risk of serious harm through Abuse or Neglect it is important that you report your worries to the correct agency. You can make an anonymous call or referral to Derbyshire’s Starting Point team on 01629 533190 or via the website by clicking here. This team will use your information to make a decision about how they can best respond to your concerns.
You can also report your concerns to the NSPCC who will offer you support and advice if you are feeling worried about a child’s safety by calling 0808 800 5000.