We all have a safeguarding responsibility and have a duty to refer any safeguarding issues to external agencies that need to be involved.
The Designated Leads for Child Protection at Aveton Gifford are:
Deputy Safeguarding Lead - Mrs Fern de Beer
(Head of Teaching and Learning)
Deputy Safeguarding Lead - Miss Katy Round Smith
At Aveton Gifford Primary School, we are committed to ensuring that all children are safe during their time with us. Our safeguarding covers many aspects including:
- Recruiting staff and volunteers
- Allowing visitors into the school
- Checking attendance and following up any low attendance
- Ensuring play-times are safe and enjoyable for all pupils
- Educating our pupils about bullying, on line safety, staying safe in the community, drug and alcohol awareness and health education
- Training staff and volunteers
Our procedures for visitors, volunteers and parents:
- All parents, volunteers and visitors who come into the main school MUST sign in on our electronic ipad which will be in the main reception and have a visible blue ‘parent visitor’ sticker before entering the school. The only exception is Thursday Celebration assembly and productions where an adult will be around to guide parents and visitors into the hall.
- During open classrooms, parent evenings and school lunches, when we invite parents into school, a blue sticker must be worn by parents. This will be collected from Reception. All parents will need to be visible by a school adult.
- There will be no direct access to the classrooms before or after school. All access to the school must be through the main office. Parents can still take children to the playground in the morning. There will be staff on the playground who will collect children at the beginning of the day although we encourage you to use the MyEd messaging system should you have any questions for staff as in the morning staff will be setting up their classrooms.
- Mobile phones or recording devices should not be used by any parents or visitors. The exception to this is during school performances however this should never be put onto social media and should only be of your child.
- Volunteers will only be allowed into school to help with our children once they have had this training. All volunteers must have a visible lanyard on them at all times so children are aware that they are safe to be around.
- Staff have been told if lanyards or stickers are not visible, they will take the adult to School Reception so the correct procedures can be put in place.
Aveton Gifford C of Primary School
‘Sowing the Seeds for Success’
While with us, please ensure the following values are upheld:
All children have the right to be safe, no matter who they are or what their circumstances
Keeping children safe is everyones responsibility
We all need to listen to children; even though we may not be comfortable with what we hear
During your time at school, we kindly ask that you do not use your mobile phones. If you do need to use it, then please to go the school office or approach a member of staff and they will direct you to an appropriate room.
At our school, these are the adults who you should speak with if you hear or see something that causes you a concern including how adults conduct themselves.
Before letting a visitor into the school, we will make sure:
- that ID is checked
- the school's safeguarding procedures will be given to the visitor to read
- visitors must sign that they have read and understood the safeguarding procedures
- that the school's policy in the use of mobile devices is clarified while visiting
- that the visitor lanyard is required to be worn where it can be seen at all times
- that should a concern exist about a child or adult, any visitor return to reception so that a DSL team member can be found
- visitors must return their lanyards when leaving the school premises
The First Federation Trust schools aim to deal with concerns as quickly, sympathetically and effectively as possible. It is hoped that most concerns will be settled amicably without recourse to the formal Complaints procedure. Parent and carers should talk about their concern to their child's class teacher in the first instance. If they feel their concern has not been dealt with appropriately, parents and carers should then make an appointment to discuss it further with the Head of Teaching & Learning.
If the complainant remains dissatisfied, they will be directed through the formal stages of the First Federation Complaints procedure. The complainant will initially be invited to meet with a member of the Trust Senior Leadership Team. If they remain dissatisfied, the complainant will then be invited to a meeting of the Complaints Panel, which is the final stage of the procedure
The complete First Federation Complaints procedure can be viewed and downloaded below. This explains the different complaint stages and timelines.
The Complaints form, to be used for Formal Complaints, can be also downloaded separately below.
Please visit the FF Trust website to view the correct forms.
The internet has changed all of our lives and our children are no exception. For parents and carers, this opens up a whole new world of things to be aware of.
Gaming, social networking, chatting, sharing, internet browsing and using mobile phones are all a part of our every day lives now but they all come with risks, such as:
- Inappropriate websites
- Losing control over pictures and video
- Viruses, hacking security
One thought provoking statistic about the risks our children face online: 21% of 8 to 11 year olds have been deliberately targeted, threatened or humiliated by an individual or group through the use of mobile phones or the internet.
We urge you to take this issue seriously and take some time to find out how to keep children safe online.
To access the First Federation Trust policies relating to safeguarding, for example the E-safety policy and child protection & safeguarding policy, please click here.
Code of Conduct
Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy
Devon CAP (Devon Child Assault Prevention Project)
Here at Aveton Gifford C of E (VC) Primary School the safety and well-being of our children is of paramount importance to us. To this end we work very closely with Devon CAP (Devon Child Assault Prevention Project) on a yearly rolling basis.
Devon CAP is a school based programme that offers education, guidance and support by giving children positive messages on how they can protect themselves. Devon CAP work with each school as a whole - children, staff, parents and carers - leading workshops, during and after the school day, where children can learn to recognise unsafe situations and develop the confidence to act on them, so that they remain "Safe, strong and free".
If you would like to find out more about Devon CAP, please take a look at their website: www.devoncap.org.uk
Further help and useful information can be found on the ChildLine website: www.childline.org.uk