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Safeguarding

Keeping children safe is central to everything we do, from risk assessments for trips, fire drills, safer recruitment processes, welfare/medical procedures, supervision ratios, curriculum coverage, enhanced DBS checks for all staff, to enabling mechanisms for pupil voice and reporting hazards on site.

A specific branch of our safeguarding responsibility is called ‘Child Protection’ and this puts a duty on all members of staff to promote the welfare of all children and protect them from actual or suspected harm, defined as follows:

  • protecting children from maltreatment (neglect, physical, emotional and sexual)
  • preventing impairment of children’s health or development
  • ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
  • taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes (including referral to children’s social care for statutory assessments under the Children Act 1989, especially section 17 [children in need] and section 47 [a child suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm]).

Our statutory duty to protect children from harm is clearly set out in government guidance, the latest of which guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ can be found by clicking this link. 

Keeping Children Safe In Education 2018

If you have a concern about the welfare of a child, please get in touch immediately with Claire Piggott (Designated Safeguarding Lead) or Laurence Clarke (Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead) via the email safeguarding@belmontjnrschool.haringey.sch.uk

If you would like advice from Haringey’s Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (social care), they can be contacted as follows:

  • Monday to Thursday 8.45am to 5pm; Friday 8.45am to 4.45pm
    Tel: 020 8489 4470
  • Out of office hours, including weekends the Emergency Duty Team
    Tel: 020 8489 0000

For more information see Haringey's Child Protection site

Online safety

The use of technology has become a significant component of many safeguarding issues.

An effective approach to online safety empowers us to protect and educate our children in their use of technology and establishes mechanisms to identify, intervene in, and escalate any incident where appropriate.

We are currently working on our ‘digital strategy’, one part of which will include reviewing our IT curriculum to ensure that the 3 key areas of risk online (Content, Contact, Conduct) are addressed thoroughly.  In addition, we work alongside the Met Police in our delivery of online safety objectives.

We have also signed up to the NSPCC’s ‘online newsletter’ and will share bulletins with parents via this website, so parents can partner with us in keeping children safe online.