Should you have any Safeguarding concerns please do not hesitate to contact our Designated Safeguarding Lead Mrs Ruth Nelmes or our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead Mrs Kate Gresham. Our Chair of Governors, Mr Brian Irvine is our Safeguarding Governor. Our Safeguarding and Child Protection policy can be found on our Policies page.
At Staverton CE Primary School we are committed to Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Our school is a safe place for children and every every adult in our school takes the responsibility for Safeguarding our children extremely seriously. We have trained Designated Safeguarding Leaders and a Designated Safeguarding Governor.
Teaching children how to stay safe and what to do if they feel unsafe is embedded in our curriculum. Children are taught Protective Behaviours and these are revisited frequently, with all children knowing who their named trusted adults are on their safety network. We have annual visits from Childline and our PCSO who delivers The Blue Butterlfly Project to help children understand the feelings they might have and the importance of talking to a trusted adult to get help and support. Children have workshops with Simon Aston, an online safety and wellbeing officer, who encourages the importance of giving children a strong foundation to digital resilience by allowing them to explore the online world but with boundaries in place.
Our staff recruitment policies and practices meet safer recruitment requirements. We always pursue identity checks and qualification checks and we take up written references before confirming employment. We require clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) before employing any staff, in addition to pursuing ISA list checks; this includes supply teachers and outside club and coaching staff.
For Northamptonshire County Council, which includes contact details for Northamptonshire Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) if you have concerns about the safety of a child, please use the followng link:
The Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Partnership http://www.northamptonshirescb.org.uk/ has a whole host of useful information for parents.
Useful numbers and contacts:
If you think a child is at immediate risk of harm, please contact the Police on 999
If you suspect a child is being harmed please report it to our DSL or Deputy DSL immediately
Alternatively, you can report it to MASH: Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH): 0300 126 7000
If you would like alternative support or advice these are useful contacts:
Childline: 0800 1111
NSPCC: 0808 800 5000
Safeguarding themes and information for parents
How to make safe and healthy journeys when travelling with children: Advice for parents and families | Brake
Better health - healthier families: Healthier Families - Home - NHS (www.nhs.uk)
Support groups and organisations for victims of domestic violence
Northamptonshire Domestic Abuse Service (NDAS) www.ndas.co.uk
Local charity that has been operating since 1974. NDAS provide safe refuge for men, women and children fleeing domestic abuse. NDAS also provide a specialist refuge for female victims of abuse that also have drug and alcohol addictions.
NDAS also offer:
- Group work
- 12 week intensive support programme for adult victims
- Drop in services
- Specialist training for professionals
NDAS can be contacted in a variety of ways:
- 24 hour helpline: 0300 0120154
- Online chat www.ndas.co
- Facebook messenger: www.facebook.com/NorthamptonshireDAS
A registered charity working with survivors of domestic violence and abuse since 1984. We are based in Northampton but take referrals for refuge accommodation from all over the Country. We have been running a Family Refuge in Northamptonshire for over 35 years.
Our Restored Programme helps women who are victims of domestic abuse to rebuild their lives and prepares them for a future. We offer therapeutic group work sessions for women, children and families that help them to identify domestic abuse and to develop the resilience and confidence to change their lives. We also train professionals in a range of topics to help them help victims become survivors.
WEN Women's Aid: www.wenwomensaid.co.uk Online chat www.ndas.co Facebook messenger: www.facebook.com/NorthamptonshireDAS EVE (formerly NVCFR): www.eveda.org.uk A registered charity working with survivors of domestic violence and abuse since 1984. We are based in Northampton but take referrals for refuge accommodation from all over the Country. We have been running a Family Refuge in Northamptonshire for over 35 years. Our Restored Programme helps women who are victims of domestic abuse to rebuild their lives and prepares them for a future. We offer therapeutic group work sessions for women, children and families that help them to identify domestic abuse and to develop the resilience and confidence to change their lives. We also train professionals in a range of topics to help them help victims become survivors. WEN Women's Aid: www.wenwomensaid.co.uk Provides safe, secure and confidential accommodation in three refuges within Northamptonshire for women and their children who are fleeing domestic violence or the threat of domestic violence. We also provide an Outreach & Support Service for women who live in their own accommodation. www.thehideout.org.uk Women's Aid have created this space to help children and young people to understand domestic abuse, and how to take positive action if it's happening to you.
Women's Aid have created this space to help children and young people to understand domestic abuse, and how to take positive action if it's happening to you.
The website has pages aimed directly at children, young people and adults.
National Domestic Violence Helpline: www.nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk
24-hour National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline 0808 2000 247
Immediate information and support for women experiencing domestic violence.
If lines are busy on the Helpline, keep trying. Quieter periods are after 4pm, evenings, nights and weekends. In an emergency, always call the police by dialling 999.
In addition to the Helpline, the Women’s Aid and Refuge website links can provide immediate online support and information for women experiencing domestic violence.
Information and help on the NHS Choices website for men who may be experiencing Domestic Abuse.
Northamptonshire Early Help
What is early help?
Every family goes through challenging times at some point. Early help means working with you and your family so that small problems don’t become big problems. Early help is for everybody, for families with children and young people of any age. And it’s your choice whether to have it or not.
Why would I want early help?
There are lots of reasons why people look for early help. It could be that you’re worried about your child’s health, development or behaviour, or how they’re doing at school, or perhaps because you are caring for a disabled child. It may be that you’re worried about
money or housing and how that is affecting your family. Maybe your child or your family is affected by domestic abuse, drugs or alcohol or crime. Perhaps your child is a carer for other people, or maybe you’ve had a bereavement in the family that’s made life a
You can find out more about early help by clicking the link below:
What should I do if I have concerns about a child or family?
1. Speak with one the Safeguarding leads at school.
2. Contact Northamptonshire multi agency safeguarding hub (MASH) on 0300 126 7000
3. Click on the link below for further advice from Northamptonshire MASH
4. Speak to the NSPCC:
Remember safeguarding is everyones business. EVERY child matters.