Safeguarding and Child Protection
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our pupils and we recognise it is the responsibility of all staff and visitors to safeguard children and young people in accordance with Keeping Children Safe in Education (updated Sept. 2021). This ensures that Kippax Greenfield is a secure and safe learning environment for our pupils to grow into independent, confident and successful young people. Respect is one of our school drivers and we believe children should be treated with respect and dignity. As a result, they feel safe and are listened to within school.
Safeguarding is paramount in every adult’s mind as we all want our children to live safe and happy childhoods. We ensure the safety and well-being of our children is upheld through our safeguarding policies and procedures, safe recruitment and training of all staff, governors and volunteers. Our pupils are continually taught and encouraged to live healthy lifestyles and adopt safe practices through our PHSE lessons, circle time, assemblies and also the wider curriculum which includes addressing issues such as self-esteem, bullying, drug use, sex and relationship education and online safety.
All staff have a responsibility with regards to child protection and all staff receive regular training. Kippax Greenfield Primary School works with other services for children and families (e.g. Children’s services Leeds, The Brigshaw Learning Partnership Guidance and Support Team, Attendance Officer, Social Care, Health Visitors, School Nurses, Police) to support the needs of all our children.
Our Safeguarding Team:
The designated safeguarding team are responsible for the co-ordination of all child protection activity and this is dealt with in the strictest confidence. A nominated governor has a strategic responsibility for child protection and liaises with the designated lead and other designated members of staff.
Our designated safeguarding lead is Mrs Spence (Assistant Head and SENCo) and the Deputy Safeguarding Lead is Ms Hartshorne (Headteacher). Our named governor for child protection is Mr Odu.
Kippax Greenfield Primary School is part of a project that is running jointly between schools and West Yorkshire Police. The project has been established to support children who are residents in households where there are incidents of domestic violence and abuse. We know that children can be significantly physically or emotionally hurt either by being present in the house or directly witnessing an incident of domestic violence.
The Domestic violence and abuse school notification project has been designed to provide confidential notification to schools on any incidents of domestic violence and abuse which occur within a child’s household that might have an impact on a child whilst they are in school.
We use the information that has been shared, in confidence, and ensure that the school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children, or their families, who have been involved in or witnessed a domestic violence or abuse incident. We are keen to offer the best support possible to our pupils, and we believe this is going to be extremely beneficial for all those involved.
If you would like further support or information about domestic violence and abuse, please click here.
At Kippax Greenfield Primary School, we aim to eliminate discrimination, advance equality and foster good relations. We value and appreciate the diversity of people’s backgrounds and circumstances, and we expect that discrimination is understood by all members of the community as completely unacceptable.
The school follows the General Public Sector Equality Duty and considers equality implications when developing and reviewing policies. We understand that PSED applies to all aspects of school life, which are to do with how the school treats its pupils, prospective and former pupils and their parents and carers; how it treats its employees and how it treats members of the local community. Further, we will not discriminate because of the characteristics or relationships a person has.
We actively seek to understand and promote equality in the context of our wider community, and we refer to local and national contexts when we review our practices. We also activel seek views from our pupils, partner schools and agencies, parents and carers, staff and groups in our local community.
Our Inclusion policy adheres to the Equality Act 2010. The protected characteristics it defines are: race and ethnicity; disability; sex; religion or belief; sexual orientation; pregnancy and maternity; and gender identity and reassignment.
To report a concern as a member of the public:
During office hours
You can call Children’s Social Work Services on 0113 222 4403 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm). This should be your first point of call and you can remain anonymous if you choose. You can also discuss your concerns with someone who works with children and families, e.g. your health visitor, social worker, school nurse or teacher (all schools have a teacher responsible for child protection).
Out of office hours
If you think a child is in immediate danger please call the police on 999
Please find our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and Equality statement in the School Policies section of this website.