Safeguarding

Oaktree Primary School is very conscious that we have a responsibility to safeguard all our pupils. School staff are trained to a high standard and reflect the School’s philosophy of “Safeguarding first”. As the School’s safeguarding team we ensure that all pupils have a positive experience and parents are safe in the knowledge that their child is looked after.

Oaktree Primary School work closely with Swindon Safeguarding Partnership, following all statutory advice. Our school adheres to “Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020” and Guidance for Safer Working Practice for Adults who work with Children and young People in Education Settings.

Every member of staff holds a current Safeguarding Child Protection Training Certificate. They are trained in recognising signs of abuse and know exactly what to do if they have concerns about any child in school – this training is renewed every 18 months, however, extra training takes place at our school, such as PREVENT, British Values, Child Sexual Exploitation and Online Safety. Several members of staff are Team Teach and Attachment focus trained.

We have 1 Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) at our school and 4 Deputy Safeguarding Leads. They ensure that information regarding safeguarding is shared with staff. New staff are trained and safeguarding remains of the highest priority.

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

Lisa Maslin

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (DDSL)

Sue Rees (Headteacher)

Bonnie Devenney (Nurture Room Leader)

Emma Venghaus (Acorns Manager)

Kate Howard (Deputy Headteacher)

Oaktree Primary School aims to work in close partnership with parents to support our pupils in every way possible. However, there is a clear responsibility on all schools to work with all agencies to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children. As a result, if concerns are raised within the school or a child/parent reports a situation involving possible abuse, we are required to refer such matters to the appropriate agency and seek advice from Swindon’s MASH team. (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub).

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff to share this commitment. All adults working in school are required to complete a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) Enhanced Check. This includes visitors to the school.

Visitors’ lanyard coding-

Green – DBS seen and recorded

Orange- DBS not seen and will need to be accompanied by a member of staff at all times.

The Local Authority requires the School’s Designated Safeguarding Lead to report any obvious or suspected case of child abuse or safeguarding worry, which includes non-accidental injury, physical neglect, emotional abuse or sexual abuse. This procedure is intended to protect children at risk. This does mean that there is a risk of upsetting some parents by reporting a case, which on investigation proves unfounded. In such circumstances, we hope that parents will appreciate how difficult it is to carry out this delicate responsibility. We will always act in the best interests of our pupils.

A copy of the School’s Safeguarding Policy can be obtained from the School office and it is also available on this website.

Quote from Ofsted-

'Safeguarding is effective.

​Leaders have ensured that safeguarding arrangements are fit for purpose. Policies, procedures and training relating to safeguarding meet requirements and are up to date. You are taking appropriate action following local authority and external advice to update your record-keeping when incidents occur. ​ ​Staff have a keen awareness of the risks that pupils face and act swiftly when they are concerned about a pupil. Leaders with specific safeguarding responsibilities and parent support workers follow up these concerns to ensure that pupils, and their families, receive the support they need when they need it. They escalate concerns if they assess that pupils are not getting the support they need to keep safe. Records relating to child protection are kept meticulously. Pupils say that teachers and support workers listen and help them sort out any problems quickly.'