Article 3: (best interests of the child) The best interests of the child must be a top priority in all decisions and actions that affect children.
Article 19: 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.
Newlands Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and requires all staff, parents, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment. This section of our website aims to give you a guide to safeguarding policies and procedures in our school. If you cannot find something, please contact the school and let us know!
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is: Mrs Halsey - Deputy Headteacher
We also have a Safeguarding Team of trained staff who can support or help in the absence of Mrs Halsey: Mrs K Mellor - Headteacher, Mrs H Cook - Pastoral Leader, Miss Tracy Legg - Assistant Head Teacher & Mrs Welch - SENCo
Our governor for Safeguarding is: Mr A Milligan
We fully recognise our responsibilities for safeguarding and promoting the health and well-being of all the children in our care.
We therefore strive to:
Please click the link below to see our policies related to safeguarding, including:
Safeguarding, Child Protection, Anti-Bullying, Online Safety, Intimate Care, SEND, Health & Safety etc
As a school we recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation is no different from 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.
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 to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.
As part of Newlands Primary School’s commitment to safeguarding and child protection we fully support the government’s Prevent Duty.
All schools are required to “have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This is called the Prevent Duty. This duty places the responsibility on schools to put in place robust procedures to protect its pupils from radicalisation and extremism. Every school is different and a ‘one size fits all’ approach to dealing with the threat of extremism won’t work. Individual school based risk assessments should be taken into account based on the circumstances of the school and local community.
Protecting the children against extremism and radicalisation should be treated in the same way as protecting them from other harms such as drugs, gangs, neglect and sexual exploitation, whether these come from within their family or are the product of outside influences.
In addition to other safeguarding responsibilities, the school should also help pupils build resilience against extremism and radicalisation by fostering a strong ethos and values-based education, as well as by providing a safe space for them to debate controversial issues and develop the critical thinking skills and knowledge they need to be able to challenge extremist arguments.
There are no mandatory reporting requirements under the duty.
The Prevent duty is not about spying on pupils or carrying out unnecessary intrusion into family life. It’s about ensuring that staff know how to identify behaviour of concern and how to refer pupils who may be at risk of radicalisation for appropriate support.
What does the Prevent duty mean for schools?
The Prevent Duty is about ensuring that appropriate support is available for individuals who may demonstrate vulnerabilities to radicalisation. This is an extension of the safeguarding process in the same way that schools help to safeguard young people from child sexual exploitation, drugs and other forms of harm.
At Newlands we aim to build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British Values and enabling them to challenge extremist views. It is important to emphasise that the Prevent duty is not intended to stop pupils debating controversial issues. On the contrary, school provides a safe space in which children and staff can understand the risks associated with terrorism and develop the knowledge and skills to be able to challenge extremist arguments.
Channel is a multi-agency approach to protect vulnerable people who may be susceptible to radicalisation. Channel is a voluntary, confidential programme which operates throughout England and Wales to safeguard people identified as vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism. It is a multi-agency process, involving partners from the local authority, the police, education, health providers, and others. Referring possible cases of early stage radicalisation works in a similar way to safeguarding processes designed to protect people from gang activity, drugs, and physical/sexual abuse.
It uses existing collaboration between the police, statutory partners and the local community to:
Who can make a referral?
A referral can come from anyone who is concerned about a person they know who may be at risk of radicalisation, whether a family member, friend, and colleague or from a wide range of partners: social services, children and adult services youth offending teams, health, police, education establishments, and places of worship and community organisations (through the normal safeguarding process).
Make a referral by clicking