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Safeguarding at Penair School

If you are concerned about any safeguarding matters in school please contact either of the Designated Safeguarding Lead- Mrs Hosking or the Headteacher. 

Penair School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and safety of all our students. We expect all staff, governors, parents and volunteers to share this commitment, as safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility. 

Penair School takes its responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children seriously. All staff and Governors believe that our school should provide a safe, caring, positive and stimulating environment that promotes the social, physical and moral development of the individual child. All staff receive annual training in child protection and safeguarding, and are aware of the procedures for passing on welfare concerns within the school (and out of school in an emergency) due to the annually updated Child protection and Safeguarding policy. 

We work closely together to ensure there are appropriate arrangements within our school, to identify, assess and support any child who is at risk.  The Pastoral team recognise that all staff and Governors have a full and active part to play in protecting our pupils and that every child’s welfare is our paramount concern. All members of staff are able to report safeguarding concerns immediately via ©My Concern and these are triaged frequently throughout the day by the DSL. Fortnightly, Student Action Group meetings have established efficient communications between the ‘in-house’ teams to provide necessary interventions and support. Each Key Stage is supported by a Pastoral lead teacher, an Academic Lead teacher and 2 Student Welfare Officers. 

Penair School works closely with a range of external agencies in the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Partnership and we pride ourselves on our positive working relationships. The following link relates to safeguarding awareness and key contacts within Cornwall. 

https://www.safechildren-cios.co.uk/health-and-social-care/childrens-services/cornwall-and-isles-of-scilly-safeguarding-children-partnership/

The Prevent Duty 

What is the Prevent strategy? 

Prevent is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist or extremist causes. 

The Prevent strategy covers all types of terrorism and extremism, including the extreme right wing, violent Islamist groups and other causes. 

How does the Prevent strategy apply to schools? 

From July 2015 all schools have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism. This means we have a responsibility to protect children from extremist and violent views the same way we protect them from drugs or gang violence. Importantly, we can provide a safe place for pupils to discuss these issues so they understand how to protect themselves. 

What does this mean in practice? 

Many of the things we already do in school to help children become positive, happy members of society also contribute to the Prevent strategy. Assemblies, Tutorials, PSHE and Citizenship lessons contribute to the guiding of our students. 

  • This includes: Exploring other cultures and religions and promoting diversity 
  • Challenging prejudices and racist comments 
  • Developing critical thinking skills and a strong, positive self-identity 
  • Promoting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils, as well as British values such as democracy and the rule of law. 
  • We will also protect children from the risk of radicalisation, for example by using filters on the internet to make sure they can’t access extremist and terrorist material, or by vetting visitors who come into school to work with pupils. 

Further information for parents – The Prevent Duty – Government Guidelines.

Key documents and Policies 

Keeping children Safe in Education (DfE) Sept 2019 

Child protection and safeguarding policy (Penair policy) 

Contact 

Designated Safeguarding Lead – Mrs Nicola Hosking – nhosking@penair.cornwall.sch.uk     01872 275162 

Links 

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/

https://www.safechildren-cios.co.uk/health-and-social-care/childrens-services/cornwall-and-isles-of-scilly-safeguarding-children-partnership/

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