Alfreton Nursery School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff, governors and volunteers to share this commitment.
We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy which can be viewed in the Policies section of our website.
We listen to our children and take seriously what they tell us. All school staff are trained in Child Protection, and children are made aware of the adults they can talk to if they have any concerns. Staff are trained to look out for signs of physical/emotional harm or neglect and are required to report these to the Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL).
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child's welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our children are discussed with his/her parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare.
We actively support the Government's Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism.
Online Safety & Other Safeguarding Links
The safety of children in school is our highest priority and this includes issues around safe internet use. Children are never left alone to use the internet without an adult and a sophisticated filter system exists to eliminate any possibility of inappropriate content being viewed by anyone in school. Children are also taught that the little red cross in the top right hand corner must always be pressed if anything happens on screen to make them feel unhappy. Our on-line safety message is designed to equip children in later life to have skills to be independent, be resilient when faced with potentially risky and dangerous situations, and to help them with strategies to solve disputes and support others.
Staff are always extremely vigilant when using the internet and if children’s images, records etc are stored, they are always stored in secure areas, controlled by usernames and passwords in line with GDPR requirements. For more information, please speak to a member of staff
Safer Derbyshire have teamed up with ‘Get Safe Online’ to help protect children online. Please follow this link for their latest newsletter.
Guidance on how to help keep new devices safe can be found by following this link www.getsafeonline.org/christmasdevices
For the latest information from Safer Derbyshire, please click on the following link https://saferderbyshire.gov.uk/news-and-events/news-items/there-are-apps-for-most-things-you-do-online-use-them-safely-and-securely..aspx
Other useful websites with further information include Parent Info, Childnet, LGfL, Net Aware, Let’s Talk About It, UK Safer Internet Centre, Staying Safe Online, NSPCC, ParentZone, Internet Matters & Think You Know
Hollie Guard is a smartphone personal safety app that provides enhanced levels of protection.
Virgin Media O2, would like internet users of all ages to enjoy all the wonderful things the web has to offer, safely. That’s why their experts have created a children’s internet safety test to help build awareness for parents and children of all ages to ensure they are better protected online. https://www.virginmedia.com/blog/online-safety/childrens-internet-safety-test
Designated Senior Leads
Safeguarding at Alfreton Nursery School is everyone’s priority. The Designated Safeguarding Leads and Safeguarding Governor take overall responsibility for Safeguarding and Child Protection, providing support to staff members to carry out their safeguarding duties and liaising closely with other services such as children’s social care.
Within any academic year, each DSL should receive up-to-date training for their area/s of responsibility, up-date any policies in consultation with the Governors and take personal responsibility for the dissemination of this training to the SMT, Governing body and all school staff as appropriate. As additional priorities emerge, the above responsibilities will incorporate changes as appropriate
- Designated Lead for Safeguarding and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO)– Emma Haywood
- Designated Lead for Safeguarding, Designated Teacher for Children in Care and CEOP Ambassador – Amanda Hubball
- Designated Safe Guarding Leads - Laura Dolby and Neil Beeson
- Governor Designated Lead for Safeguarding – Gill O’Hagan
- CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) Ambassador – Peter Ellse (Governor)
All members of the safeguarding team can be contacted via the school office.
Information to be reviewed annually as part of the school’s Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy
Specific Safeguarding Issues
Specific Safeguarding Issues (taken from Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy)
There are specific issues that have become critical issues (*are current key concerns in Derbyshire ) in Safeguarding that Schools and Colleges will endeavour to ensure their Staff, (Governors and Volunteers) are familiar with; having processes in place to identify, report, monitor and which are included within teaching:
Bullying including cyber bullying
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and as defined by Working Together 2017*
Fabricated or induced illness
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
Gangs and Youth Violence
Gender based violence/Violence against women and girls (VAWG)
On line abuse/Sexting
Teenage Relationship abuse
Missing children and vulnerable adults
Child sexual abuse within the family
Poor parenting, particularly in relation to babies and young children
At Alfreton Nursery School Safeguarding is at the heart of our practice, it is everybody’s priority. We ensure that all the specific and critical issues are addressed as needs arise in our school. Linking into our whole school offer, our CEOP ambassadors are working with all staff, Governors and parents to deliver on line safety to a wider audience.
Domestic Abuse - Information for Parents/Carers from Derbyshire County Council
This school will receive from Derbyshire Police a notification of every incident that has been reported to them or known to them of domestic abuse where a child is known to be living in the household.
This is a Derbyshire Police initiative working with Derbyshire County Council Childrens Services. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and this is to help schools with responses to domestic abuse by helping them support children and their families exposed to or involved in domestic abuse.
This may mean talking to pupils about their experiences, raising awareness through classroom discussion and schools activities, helping victims and families by providing to them signposting information.
This school is committed to protecting children and young people and working with partners to stop domestic abuse.
Help and advice for families for professionals
Domestic Abuse Helpline Service