SAFEGUARDING IS EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY
Minerva Primary Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. It is our expectation that all staff, volunteers and members of the school community share this commitment.
Our Safeguarding Team
Jess Crossley – Designated Safeguarding Lead
Jenifer Harvey – Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Laura McDonald – E-Safety Lead
Should you have any concerns relating to the safety and welfare of a child at the school you should immediately contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead, Mrs. Jessica Crossley or in her absence Mrs. Jennifer Harvey, the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead.
For more information of what to do should you be concerned about a child
Concerns about Staff
Should you have any concerns in terms of safeguarding relating to the behaviour of a member of staff, you should immediately contact the designated person as above. If the allegation concerns these individuals, you should contact: Mrs Jenny Harvey, Acting Principal.
Should you feel that your concerns have not been dealt with appropriately by the school or Chair of Governors you should contact the Local Authority Designated officer (LADO), Nicola Laird 0117 903 7795
If you have any concerns regarding the safety of the school site, please contact Mrs Flavia Sterrett, Operations Manager.
The governors and school staff team are committed to keeping our children safe and we regularly review our school policies and procedures to ensure that everything is being done to fulfil our duty of care. The designated Safeguarding Academy Councillor (Governor equivalent) at Minerva Primary Academy is Mrs Bridget Suitters. All staff are familiar with the government’s guidance for schools.
We are an equal opportunities employer. At least one member of every interview panel has had Safer Recruitment training. All offers of employment are subject to a disclosure and barring check (DBS), medical clearance and satisfactory references.
Prevent is part of the United Kingdom’s counter terrorism strategy. It aims to prevent people from becoming involved in terrorism or supporting terrorism.
In Minerva Primary Academy, the Prevent strategy is part of our wider safeguarding duties. We have a duty to protect children from radicalisation and extremism. As part of their education, children will learn about different religions and cultures as we believe the best way of preventing extremism and radicalisation is by increasing understanding of each other.
All academy staff and the academy council have received WRAP (Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent) training. We have an in-house facilitator to deliver this workshop to all new members of staff. This training means that all adults in school understand Prevent’s aims, have considered who may be vulnerable to radicalisation, understand why some people may be able to influence and manipulate others and can recognise when a child may be in need of help.
If staff have concerns that a child is at risk, the school safeguarding procedure is followed in the same way as with all safeguarding concerns. The academy’s safe guarding officer then makes the decision to refer concerns to the Channel multi-agency panel.
If a parent has a concern that a pupil at Minerva Primary Academy is at risk of radicalisation, please contact the Safeguarding Team
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Honour based Violence (HBV)
Female genital mutilation is the mutilation of the external female genetalia for non-medical reasons. It is often referred to as female circumcision, ‘cutting’ or ‘sunna’.
Government Statement opposing FGM
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is child abuse and an extremely harmful practice with devastating health consequences for girls and women. Some girls die from blood loss or infection as a direct result of the procedure. Some women who have undergone FGM are also likely to find it difficult to give birth and many also suffer from long-term psychological trauma.
Female genital Mutilation is a crime in the United Kingdom. Even if a girl is taken abroad to undergo FGM, it is still a crime in the UK if the mutilation is done by a UK national or a UK resident.
It is also a crime if a UK national or resident assists or gets a non-UK national or resident to carry out FGM overseas on a UK national or resident.
If FGM is committed against a girl under the age of 16, each person who is responsible for the girl at the relevant time is guilty of an offence.
Anyone found guilty of an FGM offence – or of helping somebody commit one – faces up to 14 years in prison, a fine, or both. Anyone found guilty of failing to protect a girl from risk of FGM faces up to 7 years in prison, a fine, or both.
If you are worried that this might happen to you or someone you know, you can speak to a member of the safeguarding team in school. They will be able to help and support you.
Alternatively, you can report this abuse by contacting one of the following:
If there’s immediate danger or if you or someone you know is in immediate danger of FGM, contact the police.
Call 999 to report emergencies or 101 for non-emergencies.
You should also contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office if you know a British national who’s already been taken abroad.
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Telephone: 020 7008 1500
If you or someone you know is at risk
Contact the NSPCC anonymously if you’re worried that a girl or young woman is at risk or is a victim of FGM.
NSPCC FGM Helpline
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 0800 028 3550
Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children. School staff receive regular training to help them to identify concerns at an early stage.
Training for staff includes:
- Safeguarding awareness for every member of staff and academy councillors to include basic awareness, and more detailed issues as described in KCSiE 2018 (CSE, FGM/HBV, County Lines & CCE, peer on peer abuse, sexual violence & harassment, children with family members in prison, preventing radicalisation, bullying, E-safety, homelessness).
- Prevent training for every member of staff and academy councillors.
- Channel/Prevent online course for all members of staff and academy councillors.
- CPOMS training for all staff.
- Safer Recruitment training for SLT
- E-Safety awareness.
- Regular refresher training and updates from safeguarding team.
Safeguarding for Students
All children at Minerva take part in weekly PSHE lessons. The school uses Jigsaw scheme of work which covers 6 areas over the academic year: Being Me in My World, Celebrating Difference, Dreams & Goals, Healthy Me, Relationships, and Changing Me.
In addition, children take part in:
- Safeguarding assemblies.
- E-Safety assemblies and E-Safety week twice a year.
- Young Carers assembly.
- Anti-Bullying assembly and anti-bullying week.
- Mental Health & Well-being assembly and ‘Looking after yourself’ week.