Oatlands Junior School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children. We expect everyone who comes into contact with children, their families and carers to share this commitment in safeguarding our children.
We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support children, families and staff at school.
We ensure that all staff, volunteers and governors receive appropriate training, guidance and support to undertake the effective safeguarding of children.
We believe that an open and honest partnership with our families is of great importance. Problems at home often manifest themselves in school and vice- versa. Communication is vital so that we can support the child concerned. Please let us know if events at home might affect a child’s behaviour and emotional well-being in school.
In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all professionals should make sure their approach is child centred. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.
Oatlands Junior School will follow NYSCP multi-agency procedures. They have been developed as a framework for services working in child safeguarding within North Yorkshire. They reflect relevant legislation, guidance and the local context in North Yorkshire. Professionals that are or may be involved in the protection of children need to have a working knowledge of these procedures and to refer to relevant sections as required which can be found through the following link – NYSCP procedures
Oatlands Junior School will follow NYSCP Practice Guidance. This has been agreed as a framework for multi-agency working in child protection across North Yorkshire. It reflects the relevant national legislation, current guidance and local context in North Yorkshire. Professionals that are or may be involved in the safeguarding of children need to have a working knowledge of these documents and to refer to relevant sections as needed. This can be found through the following link – NYSCP guidance
It is everyone’s job to safeguard children. Please let the Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher or a senior leader in school know, if you have any concerns about any child.
If you are unable to contact any of these members of staff, please call Children and Families' Service on 01609780780.
We have close links with a number of agencies based in the Harrogate area. We have strong working relationships with social care and the members of the health service. The Headteacher is the designated person responsible for child protection. If an issue is raised of a child protection nature, the adults concerned will usually be informed depending upon the nature of the referral. However, in some cases direct contact might be made with social services.
We recognise that all families can have times of crisis and might need the support of professionals. We encourage our families to let us know if they are experiencing difficulties and we will do our best to put them in contact with the relevant agency. Referral can be made for many different reasons and support provided in order to prevent issues from escalating. If you feel you would like their help, please contact the Headteacher.
What should you do if your child has a problem?
A small problem to an adult can seem enormous to a child, and can often be quickly sorted out. Therefore, it is important that a child tells someone who can do something about it. Please make sure that your child knows that we do listen and there are several options if your child feels uncomfortable about approaching a specific person. We have ‘Need to Talk’ posters around school, reminding children of these options. Similarly, as a parent, if you feel there are any problems please don’t let them develop - do come and talk to us sooner rather than later.
The advice I would give to new children is that you can tell somebody anything, if you have a worry.
Evie, Year 3
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North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children’s Partnership (24 hours) 01609 780780
Red Kite Learning Trust is a Multi-academy trust made up of 14 schools in North and West Yorkshire, serving more than 9,750 children and young people and their families, from nursery to sixth form. We are passionate about learning, providing a rich curriculum which releases potential and creates opportunity for all our pupils.
Oatlands Junior School is part of Red Kite Learning Trust, a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company number 7523507, registered office address: Red Kite Office, Pannal Ash Road, Harrogate, HG2 9PH