Safeguarding and Welfare
What is Safeguarding and Child Protection?
Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
- protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
- preventing harm to children’s health or development
- ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
- taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes
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 specific children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm.
Staff members at Stanhope have a responsibility to provide a safe environment in which children can learn. They have a responsibility to identify children who may need extra help or those who are likely to suffer significant harm (Keeping Children Safe in Education, April 2014).
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.
NSPCC Children’s Services
Our services are crucial in our fight for every childhood.
We transform lives by working directly with children and families at our service centres. But it's about more than those children and families we help face-to-face. Find out how we develop new ways to keep more children safe.
Below are a number of policies that relate to safeguarding at Stanhope. If you have any questions about safeguarding please come and speak to Mrs Siddiqui, Ms Hayat or Ms Augustin. You can also visit the NSPCC website by clicking on their link for extra resources and information.
The Prevent Strategy
Protecting children from the risk of radicalisation is seen as part of schools’ wider safeguarding duties, and is similar in nature to protecting children from other forms of harm and abuse.
From 1 July 2015, schools are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This duty is known as the Prevent duty.
Preventing extremism in schools and children's services
Telephone: 020 7340 7264
For more detailed information, the following documents and links are available below.
Extremism and Radicalisation
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 the school office and ask for Azana Lewis on 020 8575 9989