What is Safeguarding and Child Protection?
Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
Safeguarding children and child protection guidance and legislation applies to all children up to the age of 18. Child Protection is part of Safeguarding and promoting welfare. It refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specfic children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm.
Staff and Governors at Stanhope Primary are aware that many children are the victims of different kinds of abuse and that they can be subjected to social factors that have an adverse impact upon their lives – including domestic violence, substance misuse, bullying, mental health and radicalisation. We also acknowledge that safeguarding incidents could happen anywhere and staff should be alert to possible concerns arising.
Through our curriculum we teach children to stay safe and happy. We encourage the understanding that any problem or worry that they may have is legitimate, and to share their worries, big or small with their trusted adult; at home; school or with ChildLine.
Keeping safe from bullying is an integral part of our PSHE curriculum. Through our Values-based curriculum pupils learn how to behave towards each other promoting the British values of tolerance and mutual respect.
In our recent safeguarding review, pupils told us that bullying is extremely rare, children spoke confidently about different types of bullying and what to do if they were being bullied. Children were able to distinguish between ad hoc name calling and persistent bullying as a result of our teaching and approach to bullying.
Mental Health & Place2Be
Mental health is a major priority for the government this year, with plans to transform the children’s mental health and adolescent service (CAMHS) by 2020. Over 10% of children in the UK have a diagnosed mental health problem and children as young as five are experiencing severe anxiety or depression. In order to prevent the rise of children’s mental health problems, the department of education and the department of health have reported on the role that schools can play to support the mental health of their pupils. This is why at Stanhope we have implemented the Place2Be services in order to ensure our children's emotional health and well-being.
What difference does Place2Be make at Stanhope Primary?
Place2Be is a national charity working in 200 UK schools to improve the confidence and emotional wellbeing of children. They help children feel better about themselves and when children feel better about themselves, they are able to learn more easily and that means less worry for parents.
How Place2Be help children
Place2Be works with children one-to-one and in small groups, offering regular time-tabled support for those who will benefit most. All pupils can find help with friendship issues and other worries by choosing to visit Place2Talk. Short lunchtime sessions are open to individuals and to groups. We always obtain consent from parents or carers before working with children.
How Place2Be help families
Place2Be routinely meet with parents to discuss their worries about their children.
How Place2Bee helps Stanhope
Place2Be also supports teachers and school staff members via Place2Think which also helps the whole school to thrive.
How Place2Be works
There is a special Place2Be room inside the school where children can go to express and think about their worries, through talking, creative work and play. Trained adults called School Project Managers support this process, helping children to find new ways of coping with difficulties to find new ways of coping with difficulties so they don’t get in the way of friendships or learning.
Times when we’re especially useful
There are times when children feel especially sad, confused, fearful or angry, due to family problems such as separation or illness, or even the death of a much-loved pet. Some may become withdrawn; others may become demanding or challenging in their behaviour: that’s when having Place2Be at Stanhope is especially helpful.
You are welcome to talk to our Place2Be School Project Manager; either face-to-face or via telephone or email. Here’s who to talk to if you’d like to know more: Please call school office and ask for Penolope Stanley.