Prevent / Safeguarding

At Lostock Hall Academy (LHA) safeguarding permeates all aspects of school life and is everyone's responsibility; the school forms part of a wider safeguarding system. To fulfil our responsibilities, we adopt a child-centred approach. This means that:

· Safeguarding systems and procedures are oriented around the wishes, feelings and best interests of children;  
· We seek to give children a 'voice', listen to what they say, take them seriously and work collaboratively to meet their needs  

Our school aims to provide a positive, stimulating, caring and safe environment which promotes the social, physical, emotional and moral development of each child. We work hard to maintain a safeguarding ethos and culture whereby children feel safe and are safe whilst at school and on their way to and from school. 
 
'Safeguarding' includes but is about much more than 'child protection'.  All staff are aware of our responsibility to act in order to protect children from various potential sources and types of harm: 
· Physical, sexual, emotional abuse and neglect; 
· Bullying, including online bullying and prejudice-based bullying; 
· Racist, disability and homophobic or transphobic abuse; 
· Gender-based violence/violence against women and girls;
· Radicalisation and/or extremist behaviour;
· Child sexual exploitation and trafficking; 
· The impact of new technologies on sexual behaviour, for example sexting; 
· Substance misuse;
· Domestic abuse;
· So-called 'honour-based violence' including female genital mutilation, forced marriage, breast ironing / flattening; 
· Fabricated or induced illness (formerly known as 'Munchausen's'); 
· Poor parenting, particularly in relation to babies and young children.
 
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is a really important part of our school's work and we have certain legal duties that we must fulfil; it is the responsibility of our governors to make sure that we have the right things in place. When we are inspected, Ofsted checks to make sure that this is the case and that we are meeting our safeguarding responsibilities.
When we talk about safeguarding we mean helping children to keep safe, including online. This means protecting them from child abuse and neglect but safeguarding is about much more than that. Schools are particularly important because staff see children every day. This means that they are in a good position to pick-up on problems and concerns and that schools can provide or get some early help which might stop things from getting worse. 

 

Some examples of the ways that we safeguard children in school include: 
· Teaching them to understand the risks around them and what to do when they feel unsafe. We do this as part of the curriculum but also use assemblies and speakers / organisations from outside school e.g. the NSPCC;
· Listening carefully to what children tell us and regularly ask them what they think;
· Consulting and working in partnership with parents, carers and, where necessary, external agencies and professionals;
· Recruiting and checking staff and volunteers who work in our school safely, in-line with national guidance and best practice;
· Keeping our site as secure as possible, so that we know where children are and who comes into school; 
· Promoting good attendance and positive behaviour. This helps us to prevent and protect children from different types of bullying, among other things;
· Helping children to understand and keep safe from risks and dangers which they may encounter online or via the use of phones and other technologies;
· Promoting healthy eating;
· Promoting children's spiritual, moral, social and cultural wellbeing and development, including British Values, so that they understand and are protected from all forms of radicalisation and extremism;
· Dealing properly with sensitive and confidential information. This includes keeping records safely and securely, seeking appropriate consent and sharing information only with people who need to know;
· Ensuring that contractors and other people who come into school or use our facilities are checked and trained in safeguarding and child protection;
· Making sure that all governors, staff and volunteers know how to conduct themselves and that they are well trained and up-to-date on safeguarding issues so that they all know what to look for and exactly what to do if they are worried;
· Having staff trained to lead on particular issues in school so that they are in a position to advise and support other staff, parents and pupils e.g. SENDCo and the ICT lead. 
· Having senior staff who act as Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) in school. They receive more in-depth training and take the lead on safeguarding and child protection. The DSLs work closely with other professionals as part of their safeguarding role.
 
 
 
Things that YOU can Do to Help Us Safeguard Children
We ask all parents and carers to do all that they can to help us to keep children safe. Some especially important things that you can do include:
· Delivering, reinforcing and supporting keeping safe messages such as the importance of good time-keeping, regular school attendance and high standards of behaviour;
· Respecting school policies on things like parking on and around the site;
· Sticking to Acceptable Use Policies on the use of mobile phones, cameras / videos / images, including online and at school events etc; 
· Modelling responsible use of social media and helping to reinforce key messages to your children about keeping safe when using technology and the internet; 
· Treating one another, all staff and pupils with dignity and respect at all times; 
· Sharing good ideas and / or practice as well as bringing any issues, problems or concerns to our attention as soon as possible and in good faith. This includes concerns about an adult's conduct or about the behaviour of or concerns about a child's welfare.