Stoke Park Infant School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection Policy and Safeguarding Policy which can be viewed in the section below.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies, when there are concerns about a child's welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare.
We actively support the Government's Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism.
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Emma-Jane Chales (Head teacher). Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are Mrs Jane Brennan (Deputy Headteacher), Mrs Penny Earl (Resource Provision Manager), Mrs Donna Bright (Home School Link Worker/ELSA), Mrs Holly Wells (Pupil Premium Lead). The Governor with responsibility for safeguarding in our school in Mrs. Tracey Morgan.
Anyone can make a referral to children's services if they have a concern regarding a child. The contact number is 0300 555 1373.
Partnership with Stoke Park Junior School
We work closely with our Junior School on matters of Safeguarding and Child Protection to support families who have children in both schools. We also share information regarding concerns so that we can offer full support to families in need, those on child in need plans or child protection plans; this ensures that we all have a full picture and can offer the right support.
Photographs and Videos
Whilst lots of parents and carers really enjoy seeing photos and videos of their children’s school life we are very mindful of our duty of care towards all our pupils. We take the issue of safeguarding very seriously and this includes the use of photographic and video images.
Any photographs or videos taken by parents, carers and relatives at school productions, sports days or other events are for the enjoyment of individual families. They must not be used in any way that could potentially place a child at risk. This would include publishing images in any form of print or on the internet including social networking sites. This is emphasised before concerts and shows etc and where practical a record of parents and relatives taking photographs or videos is made.
We understand that in exceptional circumstances a parent or carer may not wish their child to be photographed or videoed in this way. If this is the case then please contact the headteacher to discuss how this can be best achieved.
Occasionally, the local press will be invited to take photographs of school events and special achievements. We like to use photographs of our children on our website, in school documents, for parent information meetings, newsletters and on our display screens around the school. If you do not wish photographs of your child to be used for these purposes, then please contact the Head teacher.