Safeguarding and Well-being at Riverside Primary School
Riverside Primary School fully recognises the contribution it makes to safeguarding children. We recognise that all staff, including volunteers, have a full and active part to play in protecting our children from harm. For some children at risk, the school environment might be the only stable, secure and predictable element in their lives so we endeavour to support them and other pupils by giving them support and encouraging a feeling of self-worth.
All staff and Governors believe that our school should provide a caring, positive, safe and stimulating environment which promotes the social, physical, moral and emotional development of the individual child.
Our Safeguarding and Wellbeing team consists of:
Designated Safeguarding Lead and Mental Health First aider- Mrs Hart
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead and Mental Health First aider- Miss Coull
Riverside Primary understands that parents may use childcare facilities to enable parents to continue working. In order to safeguard your child we have provided a link for a childminder checklist so you can receive clear guidance on what to look for when thinking about placing your child with a childminder.
Some of our parents may want their child to enrol in private tuition or OOSS (Out Of School Setting) such as a youth club or community activities. There is no single legal framework that governs how these settings operate, and they are not inspected or inspected by a single regulator. Organisations and clubs working with young people, as a minimum, should have safeguarding policies in place to reduce the risk of harm.
To help keep your children safe during community activities, after-school clubs and tuition, the government has released guidance to help parents and carers choose safe out-of-school settings. Please click the link below to read the guidance.
As you will be aware, there has been a lot of social media coverage around the website ‘Everyone’s Invited’. To support and assist anyone affected, the NSPCC (in partnership with the DfE) have set a dedicated helpline. The new dedicated, confidential helpline will be run by the NSPCC and is available to current or past victims as well as parents, carers or professionals with concerns.
The NSPCC helpline is due to open at 9am this Thursday (1 April), and the number is 0800 136 663. The helpline is free and anonymous and will be open Monday to Friday 8am – 10pm and Saturday to Sunday 9am – 6pm.
United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child:
Article 19: (protection from violence, abuse and neglect) Governments must do all they can to ensure that children are protected from all forms of violence, abuse, neglect and bad treatment by their parents or anyone else who looks after them.
Article 34: (sexual exploitation) Governments must protect children from all forms of sexual abuse and exploitation.
Article 35: (abduction, sale and trafficking) Governments must protect children from being abducted, sold or moved illegally to a different place in or outside their country for the purpose of exploitation.
Article 36: (other forms of exploitation) Governments must protect children from all other forms of exploitation, for example the exploitation of children for political activities, by the media or for medical research.