From 20th March 2020, parents/ carers were asked to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and for schools to remain open only for those children of workers critical to the COVID-19 response – who absolutely need to attend.
Schools and all childcare providers were asked to provide care for a limited number of children – children who are vulnerable, and children whose parents are critical to the COVID-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.
This addendum of the IFtL and Olney Middle School Safeguarding and Child Protection policy contains details of our individual safeguarding arrangements.
Should you have concerns for the safety of any children, the Milton Keynes multi-agency safeguarding hub (MASH) will be running as usual. They have encouraged staff to work from home, where possible, but are still available on the normal contact numbers 01908 253169 or 253170. Should you have any concerns in schools, please contact Miss Circuitt on the email address firstname.lastname@example.org .
We are also aware this may be a difficult time for the children, as they see the world go through all of the change and uncertainties. As always, we have the worry teacher available, and children can email the worry teacher with any concerns or worries. This is often used when children find it difficult to verbalize their fears, and has been a great source of comfort for some children over the years. This service will continue to be manned and children can contact the worry teacher on email@example.com . When the service is used, a member of staff will decide on the appropriate action depending on the need.
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Olney Middle School
At Olney Middle School, safeguarding and child protection are paramount and we are fully committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all our children.
We believe that students have a right to learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment which includes the right to protection from all types of abuse; where staff are vigilant for signs of any student in distress and are confident about applying the processes to avert and alleviate any such problems.
Our key aims are to ensure;
- All our pupils are safe and protected from harm.
- Other elements of provision and policies are in place to enable pupils to feel safe and adopt safe practices;
- Staff, pupils, governors, visitors, volunteers and parents are aware of the expected behaviours’ and the school’s legal responsibilities in relation to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all of our pupils.
We believe that Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and as such our school aims to create the safest environment within which every pupil has the opportunity to strive and reach their potential. We recognise the importance of us ensuring our pupils know how to seek support, feel that they will be listened to and appropriate action taken. We will do this by endeavouring to work in partnership with other agencies and seek to establish effective working relationships with parents, carers and other colleagues to develop and provide activities and opportunities throughout our curriculum that will help to equip our children with the skills they need. This will include materials and learning experiences that will encourage our children to develop essential life skills and protective behaviours.
At Olney Middle School, we follow and adhere to the Milton Keynes Local Safeguarding Children Board procedures and a direct link to their website is available at this link: www.mkscb.org
Any concerns or support sought will be via the Children and Families Practices at the Children and Families Referral Hub, who strive to offer families with the support they require. They will work with us in an integrated way to improve outcomes for our children and their families.
Safeguarding is about ensuring that everyone is safe from harm – safe from bullying, safe from people who could abuse, safe from discrimination or harassment – and that we all feel safe in our environment.
If you have any concerns with regards to your or another child talking helps. The Designated Safeguarding Staff at Olney Middle are as follows:-
- Laura Circuitt(SENCo and Safeguarding Lead)
- Heather Lamble (Safeguarding Deputy)
- Debbie Eldridge(Safeguarding Team)
- Linda McCabe Smith (Safeguarding Team)
They will then work together with other people to address the problems and ensure everyone is safe. Please note the information will remain confidential but if there are concerns in relation to the safety of the child, we will have to refer it to the Children and Families Referral Hub.