Safeguarding & Child Protection
Mason Moor Primary School is committed to ensuring that every child feels safe and well-cared for. We work hard to provide a secure school environment for learners, staff, parents/carers and visitors.
The school takes pupil welfare and safety very seriously, and takes action to reduce all kinds of harm including: abuse, bullying, discrimination and avoidable injuries. We also promote a culture where children and adults feel confident to share their concerns about their own or others’ safety and wellbeing.
The school’s safeguarding leads are Daniel Constable-Phelps (Designated Safeguarding Lead) and Kathryn Deakin (Deputy Safeguarding Lead, Child Protection Lead), who can be contacted on 023 8039 0140 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are concerned about the immediate safety or well-being of a pupil, please call 023 8039 0140 (8am to 4.30pm).
If you believe that a child is in imminent danger, please contact the police. Dial 999.
At Mason Moor we use CPOMS (Child Protection Online Monitoring System) to log concerns, record chronological events and to action outcomes from disclosures. The system is managed by DSLs at the school. CPOMS integrates with TrackIt (our behaviour logging system) to ensure that all pertinent information related to children is recorded.
Safeguarding TEAM AT MASON MOOR
Level 3 Safeguarding Trained Staff Members
|Daniel Constable-Phelps (DSL)||Level 3 Trained (Southampton City Council - 2023)|
|Oliver Precious (DDSL)||Level 3 Trained (Southampton City Council - 2022)|
|Anna Brooks (DDSL)||Level 3 Trained (2023)|
Categories of Abuse - Safeguarding
There are four main categories of abuse:
Persistent emotional ill treatment of a child. It may involve telling children that they are worthless or unloved, inadequate, or valued only insofar as they meet the needs of another person.
Forcing or enticing a child or young person to take part in sexual activities, whether or not the child is aware of what is happening. It may also include non-contact activities such as involving children in inappropriate sexual activities.
Persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs, which is likely to result in the serious impairment of the child’s health or development.
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If you suspect Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) of a child please inform the police. If you have concerns around risk, please inform the school or Children's Resource Service (formerly Southampton MASH) by calling 023 8083 3004 or via the details on their website. https://www.southampton.gov.uk/health-social-care/children/child-social-care/childrens-resource-service/
Child Missing in Education
Why might children be missing from education?
There are various reasons for this which include, but are not limited to:
- Child not starting at school when they reach compulsory school age and therefore never entering the system;
- Failing to transition between schools. For example, at phase transfer or if a family moves from one local authority to another;
- A delay in applying for a new school place upon arriving in the city;
- Refusing an alternative offer of a school place, when the preferred school is full;
- Leaving a school, with no forwarding education provision or destination.
At Mason Moor we have a duty to ensure that every child we know should be 'in the system' is and that we have forwarding information for children who leave the immediate local area.
Southampton City Council CME:
PROTOCOL FOR THE TRANSFER OF PUPIL SAFEGUARDING RECORDS
When children transfer from us - either to other primary settings or to a secondary school - we have a protocol in place to ensure the consistent and safe transfer of Child Protection information.
The school uses CPOMS as the safeguarding information management system to record, review and action cases. Where children transfer to schools using CPOMS, relevant details would be shared.
For physical record transfer - we operate a strict receipt system between the sender/receiver to ensure these are maintained for our records. We do not send records via post - unless this is special delivery. The local authority operate an internal post system - though we prefer to physically transfer the records using the school minibus at the beginning of the academic year.
Safeguarding children with special educational needs and disabilities
"Children and young people who have disabilities are at an increased risk of being abused compared with their non-disabled peers"
Jones et al, 2012
Who is at most risk of abuse?
Disabled children at greatest risk of abuse are those with behaviour or conduct disorders. Other high-risk groups include:
children with learning difficulties/disabilities
children with speech and language difficulties
children with health-related conditions
Adults who work with children and young people with SEND need to be aware of the additional needs children may have that could mean they are more vulnerable to abuse and/or less able to speak out if something isn’t right. Some children may be vulnerable because they:
have additional communication needs
they do not understand that what is happening to them is abuse
need intimate care or are isolated from others
are dependent on adults for care.
We recognise that children with additional needs or disabilities may display signs of abuse in different ways to their peers, these could include:
Diagrams and drawings – they may seem inconsequential initially – but could be building a bigger picture of a child’s experiences and a disclosure.
Escalating behaviours that seem disproportionate
Not accepting that an injury is the result of the child’s additional needs
Fabricated or induced illness
Considering behaviour such as self-harm as possibly being indicative of abuse
STAFF statutory safeguarding - 2023
Changes to Keeping children safe in education 2022
STAFF TRAINING MARCH 2023 - CASE STUDY - SERIOUS CASE REVIEW & LEARNING.