Swarcliffe Primary School and Nursery is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our children. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent, effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at school.
We follow the procedures set out by Leeds City Council- Leeds Safeguarding Children Partnership (LSCP- https://www.leedsscp.org.uk/) and take account of guidance issued by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (in particular Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) 2021 and Safer Recruitment in Education policy 2021).
Our first priority is of course your child’s welfare and school is required to take any reasonable action to ensure the safety of its pupils. However there may be occasions when we have reason to be concerned that a child may be subject to ill-treatment, neglect or other forms of abuse. We will ensure that our concerns about a child are discussed with his/her parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare. In this case school is obliged to follow the Child Protection procedures established by the Leeds Safeguarding Children’s Partnership and inform Social Services of the concern.
If you would like further information about keeping your child safe, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) has lots of advice and guidance. Please see the link below:
Advice and Support for Parents
The following websites are useful links to offer guidance and support for parents and children. We also have a leaflet display in the entrance hall- please help yourself.The Department for Education recommended site providing advice for parents on a range of issues: https://parentinfo.org/
The Market Place Leeds – The market place offers a range of services including one to one support, counselling, group-work and drop-in. All of these services are delivered by our Youth Work Service and Counselling Service and are free, confidential, and available for 11 – 25 year olds in Leeds.
Thinkuknow — Thinkuknow is the education programme from CEOP (Child explotation and online protection) A UK organisation which protects children both online and offline.
Mindmate – Children of all ages can need emotional support this website provides information, advice and support for children and young people, parents and professionals.
Gingerbread — A UK charity providing expert advice, practical support and campaigns for single parents
Leeds Mind — Information about services for Leeds people experiencing mental health problems, campaigns, and projects.
Barnardos – Willow — a charity working with children and young people who care for another member of their family
Scope – Supporting families with disabled children in Leeds
www.kooth.com- Kooth online counselling wellbeing service Kooth online counselling is a free, safe and anonymous service for 10-18 year olds where young people can chat 1-2-1 with counsellors, access self-help articles 24/7 and connect with peers through live moderated forums.
firstname.lastname@example.org- Families and professionals can access our Leeds helpline at 01133 503598 or email
OWLS Bereavement Service- Bereavement support for Children and Young People for 4 to 11 year olds & families. Tel: 0113 4333737.
www.leedsyoungcarers.org.uk -Support for Children who are Carers for a family member
https://ldvs.uk Leeds Domestic Violence Service (LDVS) is a partnership of 3 specialist services in Leeds: Leeds Women’s Aid, Behind Closed Doors and Womens Health Matters.
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