Safeguarding our Children
The NSPCC describes safeguarding as the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm. It is a top priority at Ruskin Junior School.
- protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
- preventing harm to children’s health or development
- ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
- taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes
Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm.
Safeguarding children and child protection guidance and legislation applies to all children up to the age of 18.
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Mrs Karen Agambar
Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL) is Miss Jess Delicata
The Headteacher, Andrew Beadnell, is also a member of the school's safeguarding team
The named Governor responsible for safeguarding is Mrs Saskia Gilooley.
If you are ever concerned about the safety or wellbeing of any child, please speak directly to:
- one of the named safeguarding leaders above
- any member of Ruskin's staff team
- a member of the NSPCC safeguarding helpline on 0808 800 5000
- a member of Swindon's Family Contact Point on 01793 466903
Our Duty of Care
All staff have a duty of care to report concerns when they arise. Parents and carers will be informed of such concerns unless to do so would increase the risk to the child.
A written record of any concern will be kept on file and shared with other safeguarding professionals as necessary. Written records will be transferred to the children's new schools when they leave Ruskin. Copies will not be kept on site.
Please click here to access our current Safeguarding and Child Protection policy.
- All members of staff receive Level 1 safeguarding training annually.
- Every member of staff is expected to read and understand Part 1 of Keeping Children Safe in Education
- All members of staff are expected to undertake online Prevent Duty training
- All members of staff are expected to read and follow Safer Working Practice guidance
- Karen Agambar, Jess Delicata and Andrew Beadnell have attended Level 3 training with Swindon's Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB)
- Andrew Beadnell, specific members of the LGB and also the Senior Leadership Team, have attended Safer Recruitment training with Swindon's Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB).
- In staff meetings, we regularly review safeguarding scenarios and share termly safeguarding updates from Swindon LSCB, Family Contact Point and other pertinent information
The Wider Context of Safeguarding at Ruskin
First Aid and Medicines
Please click this link to read our policy on Supporting Children with Medical Conditions.
We have a dedicated team of First Aiders here at Ruskin who receive paediatric first aid training regularly. We also work closely with our school nurse, Clare Spruce
Health and Safety
A dedicated team of senior staff works hard to keep our premises safe and secure. We undertake fire drills regularly and we also have an emergency plan. The Health and Safety team is also responsible for ensuring that all trips that the children attend are properly risk assessed. When on site, all visitors are expected to sign in and out and must wear a Ruskin identification badge.
We expect all staff and volunteers to share our commitment to safeguarding. All staff and volunteers are expected to undertake an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. We also carry out identity, professional qualification and disqualification by association checks before any person undertakes any role within our school.
Through the South West Grid for Learning, we apply strong filters and safety systems on all our school computers and tablets. All internet use by children is overseen by a member of staff and we actively teach children about keeping safe online through our cross-curricular Computing curriculum.
Web Links for Parents and Carers
All actions are taken in line with the following legislation/guidance:
- Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE March 2015)
- South West Child Protection Procedures (SWCPP)
- Section 175 Children Act 2002
- Working Together to Safeguard Children (March 2015)
- Swindon Local Safeguarding Children Board guidance
- What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused (DfE March 2015) – non-statutory advice for practitioners
- Information-sharing :advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services (DfE March 2015)
- The Prevent duty - Departmental advice for schools and childcare providers (July 2015)
For further reading, and additional policies linked to promotion of Safeguarding at Ruskin, please click on the following:
Keeping Children Safe in Education