Safeguarding is at the heart of everything we do at Taddington and Priestcliffe Primary School. We all work together to safeguard every child in our school community. We all have a statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people.
Our Safeguarding Team
Safeguarding Lead - Mr James Handley
Deputy Safeguarding Lead - Miss Sarah Bellicoso
Senco - Mrs Helen Woodruff
Safeguarding Governor - Mrs M Teeboon
Online Safety Officer - Mr James Handley
Safeguarding at Taddington and Priestcliffe Primary School
Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Partnership have developed a website to provide easily accessible and up-to-date safeguarding information for professionals, and for children, young people, families and members of the public.
Taddington Primary adopts every safeguarding policy made by Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Partnership and they are available to view on the Safeguarding Derbyshire website.
You can also view a copy of our school Safeguarding Policy by clicking on the attached document at the bottom of this page.
On the 9th December 2020 the government and the DfE updated their statutory guidance- 'Working Together to safeguard Children'. The updated guidance is attached as a file at the bottom of this page. The rest of the updated guidance can be found here:
The Barnado's website provides key information for parents and carers related to recognising the signs of abuse and how to support and protect vulnerable children:
The school is on the edge of Taddington village and is one of the highest schools in Derbyshire. There is a strong working village community which is supportive of the school. Governors accept pupils who live within the Church Parish, mainly the village, then outlying hamlets and occasionally pupils from further afield. The proportion of children eligible for free school meals and Pupil Premium are lower than national averages so too are the number of children who have an education, health and care plan.
Taddington and Priestcliffe Primary is committed to safeguarding, promoting the welfare of all its pupils and to protecting them from the risks of harm. The Governors expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment by demonstrating their understanding of how each individual adult working on behalf of the school has an active part to play in protecting children from harm and promoting their welfare. Our links to our local community are strong; we share safeguarding advice with our parents via noticeboards in school, the school website and a half-termly newsletter. We have good transition procedures in place with our feeder nurseries ; the children visit school regularly prior to starting school in September, the staff visit the nursery setting and parents are involved and informed during transition. As a community, we have to be aware of the challenges presented by living in a very non- diverse and monoethnic area with a significant number of parents who work yet find it difficult to make ends meet but who do not qualify for universal credit nor free Public school meals.
Unresolved parental conflict and separation can be another common challenge to our children’s wellbeing. All staff must be clear about their own role and that of others in providing a caring and safe environment for all pupils and must know how they should respond to any concerns about an individual child that may arise. To this end Taddington and Priestcliffe will ensure that all staff (whether permanent or temporary) and volunteers know who the senior designated leads are with overall responsibility for child protection. The Designated Leads for Child Protection details can be found on Page 25 of our Safeguarding policy. In the absence of the designated person we will ensure that we have a member of staff who has the knowledge and skills necessary to deputise. All staff will receive training during their induction period, and annually thereafter in order that they are equipped with the skills needed to keep children safe.
Taddington and Priestcliffe School will always follow safe recruitment procedures so that we can be confident that all adults working in our school are safe to do so .
Taddington and Priestcliffe Safeguarding Statement
At Taddington and Priestcliffe Primary School we want our pupils to grow up as confident, happy young people. We want our school to be a place where everyone feels safe, secure and supported. We want teaching to be effective and engaging, and learning to be enjoyable and fun. We want all our children, regardless of their background or ability, to reach their full potential and to be proud of their work and achievements. We want there to be clear communication between school and home, and for parents to feel fully involved. We value, and want to be valued by our local community. We are dedicated to working together to achieve this for our school. Our safeguarding arrangements are underpinned by four key principles:
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility: all Staff/anyone who has contact with a child or young person including Governors and volunteers should play their full part in keeping children safe;
We will aim to protect children using national, local and school child protection procedures;
That all Staff/anyone who has contact with a child or young person including Governors and volunteers have a clear understanding regarding abuse and neglect in all forms; including how to identify, respond and report. This also includes knowledge in the process for allegations against professionals. Staff, (Governors and Volunteers) should feel confident that they can report all matters of Safeguarding in the School where the information will be dealt with swiftly and securely, following the correct procedures with the safety and wellbeing of the children in mind at all times;
That we operate a child-centred approach: a clear understanding of the needs, wishes, views and voices of children.