Safeguarding and Prevent
The Designated Safeguarding Leads for the school are:
If you see or hear something that could be terrorist related, trust your instincts and call the confidential ANTI-TERRORIST hotline on 0800 789 321.
- Designated Safeguarding Lead - Mrs Heggie (Head of ARP)
- Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads - Mrs Howlett (Headteacher), Mrs Priestnall (Family Liaison Officer), Mrs Mill-Brown (Deputy Head)
- Kerri Byrne - Safeguarding Governor
- Chris Gentry - Chair of Governors
All schools have a statutory duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
We have a duty of care for the children who attend our school. The health, safety and well-being of every child at Princes Risborough Primary School are of paramount importance. We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. We want to work in partnership with you, to help your child achieve well and be prepared for the next stage in their education.
Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children. We promote a culture of 'Everyone's Responsibility' at PRPS. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all professionals must make sure their approach is child-centred. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.
To ensure a safe environment for pupils, our Safer Recruitment Policy, requires us to complete checks on all staff and regular volunteers and their suitability, including Disclosure and Barring Service checks (formerly CRB checks), as recommended by Buckinghamshire Council and in accordance with current legislation. All visitors to the school must enter via the main reception, sign in our using our visitor system and wear a visitor badge at all times. A leaflet is given to all new visitors, to the school site, detailing key arrangements for safeguarding, fire, lockdown etc.
The Headteacher, Mrs Amy Howlett, is the Designated Person for Child Protection and has received appropriate training for this role. It is her responsibility to ensure that all staff in contact with children receive child protection awareness training, including training on issues such as radicalisation, peer on peer abuse, FGM and CSE, on a regular basis. The day to day responsibility of this role is shared with the Safeguarding team - Mrs Melanie Heggie, Mrs Carrie Priestnall and Mrs Josie Mill-Brown.
We work with a range of agencies that are able to provide help, support and advice for parents and families. There are occasions when a concern about a child may mean that we have to consult other agencies. Whilst we would always aim to work in partnership with parents there may be exceptions to this, when concerns are raised, for the protection of a child.
The school has adopted a Child Protection Policy in line with guidance from the 'Keeping Children Safe in Education' DFE document and guidance from the local authority for the safety of all our pupils. If you want to know more about our procedures, please speak to one of the Designated Safeguarding Leads at PRPS or refer to our policy below.
We recognise that at times parents/carers may have concerns about other families or children within our school setting. In this situation please come and talk to one of the Designated Safeguarding Leads to share any concerns. Similarly, we understand that there are times within a family setting when the situation may become difficult. If you feel you would like some support or someone to talk to please do contact Mrs Priestnall (via the school office) who can offer a range of guidance and support in the first instance. Mrs Priestnall is also available to provide pastoral support for pupils in school.
As part of Princes Risborough Primary School's commitment to safeguarding and child protection, we fully support the government's Prevent Strategy, and take guidance from Teaching Approaches to help build resilience to extremism.
What Is The Prevent Strategy?
The Prevent strategy is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. It:
- responds to the ideological challenge we face from terrorism and aspects of extremism, and the threat we face from those who promote these views
- provides practical help to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support
- works with a wide range of sectors (including education, criminal justice, faith, charities, online and health)
All school staff have received WRAP training (Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent) to support them in recognising who may be vulnerable and how to deal with any concerns of radicalisation that may arise. This is part of an ongoing school programme of Safeguarding and Child Protection training.
Internet filters have been upgraded to meet the highest recommended standard, in order that the risk of exposure to extremist and offensive materials is minimised and managed.
Some advice on talking to children who are worried about terrorism can be found on the NSPCC, see links below. Please refer to our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and links below for support.
Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy 2023
Useful Contact Details
Thames Valley Police: 101 or 999 in an emergencySocial Care out of hours: 0800 999 7677 First Response Team: 0845 4600 001 NSPCC: 0808 800 5000 Samaritans - Helpline:116 123 Childline: 0800 1111 Female Genital Mutilation Helpline (NSPCC): 0800 028 3550 Kidscape – Parent Advice Line (bullying) (Mon-Weds from 9:30am to 2:30pm): 020 7823 5430 Forced Marriages Unit - Foreign and Commonwealth Office: 020 7008 0151 Crimestoppers: 0800 555 111
R-U Safe? Barnardos - Children/Young People Sexual Exploitation Service: 01494 785 552