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Safeguarding Children

Who is responsible for Safeguarding in the School?

At Phoenix Community Primary School, everyone is responsible for ensuring high standards of pupil behaviour, safety and welfare.

The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is the one responsible for all matters related to safeguarding in the school. At Phoenix Community Primary School, this person is James Tibbles (Headteacher).

Chris Johnson (Deputy Headteacher), Claire Sledger (SENCO) and Tracy McDowell-Austin (Safeguarding & Welfare Manager) have also had the necessary training to act as DSL.

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Who are the Safeguarding And welfare Team? 

The Safeguarding and Welfare Team are:

  • James Tibbles (Headteacher)
  • Tracy McDowell-Austin (Family Liaison Officer)
  • Diane Davis (Office Manager/Attendance Officer)
  • Claire Sledger (SENCO)
  • Chris Johnson (Deputy Headteacher)

Every week, the team meet and review all concerns that are currently ongoing and discuss new referrals from staff and parents. If you have any concerns about the welfare of any child in school, then please do not hesitate to come in and speak to any member of the team. 

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Photographing Children: FAQ's

 

Why do we need a policy?

Schools, playgroups and youth groups have always used photographs as a way of celebrating achievement or seeking publicity for fundraising etc. Parents and families and the children themselves often derive great pleasure from seeing their loved ones in print or on a website. We want to ensure that everyone can continue to enjoy these activities safely. However parents need to be aware that placing any identifying information in the public domain has risks. Parents need to understand these issues in order to give properly considered consent. It is important that parents and schools have the opportunity to fully consider the issues before any problems can arise. 

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Online Safety

With technology advancing at a rate faster than most of us can cope, and with the added pressure of children nowadays being at the forefront of exposure to this advanced technological age with regard to the internet, mobile phones, laptops, computers and tablet devices, we believe that e-safety awareness and safe practice is of paramount importance.

While prevention is sometimes better than the cure as it is so often said, we understand and appreciate the need for children to learn of and embrace these technologies and as a result we equally understand the need to teach them to use it responsibly, ethically, wisely and to guide them on how to best prepare themselves to stay safe while online.

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Kent Safeguarding Children's Board

 

Kent Safeguarding Children Board works to protect and safeguard the children of Kent: http://www.kscb.org.uk

There is a wealth of information on the KSCB website for professionals, parents, carers and young people.

 

About Us

The Children Act 2004 required each local authority to establish a Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB). 

 

The core objectives of a LSCB are:

  • To co-ordinate what is done by each person or body represented on the Board for the purposes of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in the area of the authority; and
  • To ensure the effectiveness of what is done by each such person or body for that purpose.