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Virtual worry box: worrybox@fielding.ealing.sch.uk

Children please use this to contact us if you have any worries.

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Safeguarding at Fielding

Staff and Governors at Fielding Primary are aware that many children are the victims of different kinds of abuse and that they can be subjected to social factors that have an adverse impact upon their lives – including domestic violence, substance misuse, bullying,  mental health and radicalisation. We also acknowledge that safeguarding incidents could happen anywhere and staff should be alert to possible concerns arising. 

 

Through our curriculum we teach children to stay safe and happy. We encourage the understanding that any problem or worry that they may have is legitimate, and to share their worries, big or small with their trusted adult; at home; school or with ChildLine.

Key contacts 

  • Designated Safeguarding Lead - Clare Haines, Deputy Head
  • Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead - Peter Dunmall, Head Teacher
  • Clubs and Childcare Safeguarding Lead - Karen Esprit, Club Manager
  • Nursery Safeguarding Lead - Tracy Cherry, Nursery Manager
  • Safeguarding Governor - Suzana Howard
  • Chairs of Governors - Alisa Voyznaya, Carl Pheasey

Safeguarding Overview

Click on the link below for full size version of our overview.

Staff were asked to describe safeguarding at Fielding in 5 words...

Policy

Peer on Peer Sexual abuse and/or harassment

Dedicated NSPCC helpline 0800 136 663

This helpline provides both children and adults who are potential victims of sexual abuse in schools with the appropriate support and advice. This includes how to contact the police and report crimes if they wish. The helpline also provides support to parents and professionals. See section 21 on our safeguarding policy for our procedures. 

Peer on peer sexual abuse and harassment is not acceptable and not tolerated. Sexual harassment refers to unwanted conduct of a sexual nature that occurs online or offline. Sexual harassment violates a pupil’s dignity and makes them feel intimidated, degraded or humiliated, and can create a hostile, sexualised or offensive environment. If left unchallenged, sexual harassment can create an atmosphere that normalises inappropriate behaviour and may lead to sexual violence.

Sexual harassment could include:

  • Sexual comments.
  • Sexual “jokes” and taunting.
  • Physical behaviour, such as deliberately brushing against another pupil
  • Online sexual harassment, including non-consensual sharing of images and videos and consensual sharing of sexual images and videos (often known as sexting), inappropriate comments on social media, exploitation, coercion and threats 

Domestic abuse - Operation Encompass

At Fielding we are working in partnership with the Metropolitan Police and Children’s Services to identify and provide appropriate support to pupils who have experienced domestic incidents; this scheme is called Operation Encompass.

The purpose of Operation Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been involved in, or witness to a domestic incident. Domestic abuse impacts on children in a number of ways. Children are at increased risk of physical injury during an incident, either by accident or because they attempt to intervene. Even when not directly injured, children are greatly distressed by witnessing the physical and emotional suffering of a parent. To find out more about what is considered to be a domestic incident please take a look at the guidance from the Met Police on their website: https://www.met.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/daa/domestic-abuse/what-is-domestic-abuse/

Operation Encompass has been created to highlight this situation. It is the implementation of key partnership working between the police and schools. The aim of sharing information with local schools is to allow key adults i.e. DSL or Deputy DSL the opportunity of engaging with the child and to provide access to support that allows them to remain in a safe but secure familiar environment. 

In order to achieve this, the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) will notify us of all domestic incidents where one or more of our pupils has been present, to the Designated Safeguarding Lead(s) (DSL) via an online notification system.  On receipt of any information, the DSL will decide on the appropriate support the child requires, this should be covert dependent on the needs and wishes of the child.  All information sharing and resulting actions will be undertaken in accordance with the Metropolitan Police and MASH Encompass Protocol Data Sharing Agreement.  We will record this information and store this information in accordance with the record keeping procedures outlined in this policy.

Prevent Strategy

Prevent is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists  or supporting terrorist or extremist causes. Many of the things we do in school to help pupils become positive, happy members of society also contribute to the Prevent strategy. 

Find out more in our leaflet:

Anti-bullying 

Keeping safe from bullying is an integral part of our RSHE curriculum. Through our Values-based curriculum pupils learn how to behave towards each other promoting the British values of tolerance and mutual respect. 
In our recent safeguarding review, pupils told us that  bullying is extremely rare,  children spoke confidently about different types of bullying and what to do if they were being bullied. Children were able to  distinguish between ad hoc name calling and persistent bullying as a result of our teaching and approach to bullying.

 

Children who feel they may be being bullied have the following methods to report this. 

 

  • Speak to a trusted adult
  • Using the class worry box.
  • Sending an email to the schools worry box worrybox@fielding.ealing.sch.uk
  • Speaking to an Anti-Bullying Ambassador

 

Bullying that is taking place outside of school can also be reported. 

 

Parents are also encouraged to report concerns and bullying to the school. This is normally the initially the class teacher. 

Anti-bullying Ambassadors Launch

Anti-Bullying Advice for Parents

 

What to do if your child is experiencing bullying behaviour

 

It can be hard as a parent or carer to find out your child is experiencing bullying behaviour. If your child tells you that this is happening, listen to them carefully, thank them for confiding in you and remain calm.

 

Speaking to your child

  • It is important to praise and acknowledge that your child is taking a difficult but positive step in talking to you.

  • Unhelpful responses include: “just ignore it”, “stop telling tales”, or “it is just a normal part of growing up”.  Instead, try helpful responses like “Thank you for telling me”, “We will get through this together” or “I will support you through this”.

  • Focus on acknowledging how they feel. Try to remain calm and provide them with reassurance that you’re there to support them and together you will find a solution.

 

Get all the facts.

  • Ask open questions, “Tell me”, Explain”, “Describe”.

  • Encourage your child to tell you what has been happening in their own words.

  • Remember that experiencing bullying behaviour is never the young person’s fault.

  • Keep notes of the information from your child.

 

Work with the school:

  • Parents are encouraged to report concerns and bullying to the school. This is normally initially the class teacher.

  • Familiarise yourself with the schools Anti-Bullying policy – See link below.

  • Organise a meeting with your child’s teacher as soon as possible. Agree together on the strategies you will use to support your child. Bring any evidence or notes you have from discussing with your child. Arrange another meeting for a few weeks’ time to discuss progress and any next steps.

  • If your child feels worried about you speaking to the school, reassure them that their teacher and school staff are there to support them.

  • Other parents: You may be tempted to speak to other parents or even post something on social media. This is not recommended. It can be detrimental and possibly exacerbate the situation.

 

Ongoing

  • Discuss strategies with your child.

    • How to respond to a child is being unkind “Why are you doing / saying this, I thought we were friends?”.

  • Help your child build their resilience and self-esteem. For example, you might try regularly doing activities that you know they enjoy together, which can give your child a sense of achievement and belonging. This could be things like exercising or playing sport, cooking and baking, or colouring, drawing, or painting. Try to notice and affirm their efforts in these activities.

  • Encourage your child to broaden friendship groups.

    • Encourage them to spend time with peers who treat them well. Help them to think about who these people are and support them to arrange times for activities such as playdates.

  • Who do they feel are trusted adults at school they can speak to?

  • Regular check in with your child to establish If the bullying has stopped.

  • Observe & discuss your child’s overall wellbeing.

    • A young person who is experiencing, or has experienced, bullying may struggle with anxiety, low mood, or difficult feelings associated with the experience.

 

 

Links

 

Safeguarding at Fielding: https://www.fieldingprimary.com/safeguarding/

Fielding Anti-Bullying Policy: https://primarysite-prod-sorted.s3.amazonaws.com/fieldingprimaryschool/UploadedDocument/322caaf9-768f-4090-86fd-835414bd5e81/2023-12-antibullying-policy.pdf

 

Further Support:

 

Diana Award

https://www.antibullyingpro.com/support-centre

The Diana Award Crisis Messenger provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK. If you are a young person in crisis, you can text DA to 85258. Trained volunteers will listen to how you’re feeling and help you think through the next step towards feeling better.

 

NSPCC

Advice and support for anyone who is worried that a child is being bullied or cyberbullied.

Opening times:

8am - 10pm, Monday - Friday; 9am - 6pm at weekends

0808 800 5000

help@nspcc.org.uk

 

Childline

Children can confidentially call, chat online or email about any problem big or small.

Sign up for a free Childline locker (real name or email address not needed) to use their free 1-2-1 counsellor chat and email support service.

Opening times:

24/7

0800 11 11

 

 

 

Anti bullying assembly, Clare Haines

Termly safeguarding assembly

Happy and Safe Assembly

Termly safeguarding video, reminder on abuse and a focus on Online harm and safety.split into 3 age- appropriate partsYears 1-6, Abuse and sharing images on ...

Keeping Safe Assembly

Mrs Haines, Buddy and the NSPCC talk to you about keeping safe and who to talk to if you have any worries.

Safeguarding assembly, Peter Dunmall

NSPCC Pants campaign, keeping your child safe

ChildLine

 

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