Eastcote Primary Academy is committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all our children in school. We believe that our pupils have a right to learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment which includes the right to protection from all types of abuse; where staff are vigilant for signs of any children in distress and are confident about applying the processes to avert and alleviate any such problems.
We follow the Bexley Local Safeguarding Children Board procedures. The school’s Safeguarding & Child Protection and policy is available on request from the office or can be viewed on the school website.
Safeguarding is about ensuring that everyone is safe from harm – safe from bullying, safe from people who could abuse, safe from discrimination or harassment – and that we all feel safe in our environment.
If your child is ever concerned about their safety or well-being or about a friend, they should talk to someone such as a parent or a member of staff at school. Talking helps, and if these people agree there is a problem, they will find other people to help – the designated Staff for Child Protection are Mrs Hall and Mrs Brown. They will then work together with other people to address the problems and ensure everyone is safe.
Safeguarding against radicalisation
Eastcote Primary Academy is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its pupils. As a school we recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation is no different from safeguarding against any other vulnerability. All staff are expected to uphold and promote the fundamental principles of British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
In formulating this supplement to the safeguarding policy, the Governors have taken account of the guidance from the Department for Education (DfE) who has called for all public bodies to make explicit their preventative measures to minimise the threat of extremism in their setting.
Definitions and indicators
Radicalisation is defined as the act or process of making a person more radical or favouring of extreme or fundamental changes in political, economic or social conditions, institutions or habits of the mind. Extremism is defined as the holding of extreme political or religious views.
The Governing Body has a zero tolerance approach to extremist behaviour for all community members. We rely on our strong values to steer our work and ensure the pastoral care of our pupils protects them from exposure to negative influences. Furthermore, our positive promotion of our values and virtues equips our pupils with the skills to reject violence in all its forms.
Aims and Principles
The main aims of this policy statement are to ensure that staff are fully engaged in being vigilant about radicalisation; that they overcome professional disbelief that such issues will not happen here and ensure that we work alongside other professional bodies and agencies to ensure that our pupils are safe from harm.
The principle objectives are that:
Pupils are encouraged to adopt and live out our Core Values and virtues. These complement the key “British Values” of tolerance, respect, understanding, compassion and harmonious living.
Pupils are helped to understand the importance of democracy and freedom of speech, through PSHE, collective worship, through the elected School Council members and work in committees.
Pupils are taught how to keep themselves safe, in school and when using the internet.
Pupil’s wellbeing, confidence and resilience is promoted through our planned curriculum and out of hours learning opportunities.
Pupils are supported in making good choices from a very young age, so they understand the impact and consequences of their actions on others.
Governors, teachers, teaching assistance and non-teaching staff demonstrate an understanding of what radicalisation and extremism are and why we need to be vigilant in school.
Our Designated Safeguarding Leads are: Mrs K Hall, Mrs A Brown
Mrs K Hall
Mrs A Brown
Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is: Mr D Ball.
Mr D Ball
If you have any concerns about a child and the school is closed please telephone the London Borough of Bexley on 0208 303 7777 and ask for Children’s Social Care.