At Overchurch Infant School our priority is to ensure all children in our care are protected from harm and abuse in a safe, secure environment.
The welfare of our children is paramount.
We set clear priorities for safeguarding and have clear lines of responsibility and accountability for all aspects fulfilling our statutory requirements at all times.
All staff are familiar and updated with safeguarding policies and procedures, and we endeavour to maintain an ethos where children feel secure and are encouraged to talk and are listened to. We achieve this through our policies, procedures, pastoral care, circle time, relationships and partnerships with other agencies.
Through the curriculum, opportunities are created to equip children with the skills they need to stay safe from harm.
In cases where the school has reason to be concerned that a child may be subject to ill-treatment, neglect or abuse, staff have no alternative but to follow Safeguarding Procedures and inform Social Services of their concerns.
On 1 July 2015, the Prevent duty (section 26) of The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 came into force. This duty places the responsibility on local authorities and schools to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.
Overchurch Infant School is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its pupils. As a school, we recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation is as important as safeguarding against any other vulnerability.
All staff are expected to uphold and promote the fundamental principles of British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. We believe that children should be given the opportunity to explore diversity and understand Britain as a multi-cultural society; everyone should be treated with respect whatever their race, gender, sexuality, religious belief, special need, or disability. As part of our commitment to safeguarding and child protection, we fully support the government’s Prevent Strategy.