At Chesham Primary School, we actively promote the well-being of children and work closely in partnership with families and local external agencies to keep our children safe and provide the best possible care and support. Keeping children safe is our key priority and we are committed to maintaining an environment where children feel secure and are encouraged to talk and are always listened to.
At Chesham our key adults are:
- Designated Safeguarding Lead - Miss F Patel (Associate Principal)
- Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead - Mrs Ann Marie Percival (Interim Deputy Headteacher)
- Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead - Mr Chris Roche (SENDCO)
Please click here for our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy 2023
The following link takes you to the DfE document "Keeping Children Safe in Education." All staff are familiar and compliant with the contents of this document click here.
If you have concern that a child is being harmed as a result of abuse or neglect, do not keep these concerns to yourself.
If you live in Bury Local Authority, these are the numbers that you can ring for advice and to make a referral:
- MASH - Contact Bury Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (0161-253 -5678) during office hours 8.45am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday) or Emergency Duty Team (0161-253-6606) outside of office hours or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Children’s Social Care – 0161 253 5454
- If you have reason to believe that a child is at IMMEDIATE RISK OF HARM, contact the police on 999
As well as speaking to Bury Authority, you can also contact:
- Police: 0161 872 5050 or 999 in an emergency
- Parentline Plus: 0808 8002 222
- NSPCC: 0808 8005 000
The purpose of Bury Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been exposed to Domestic abuse. This abuse impacts on children in a number of ways. Children are at increased risk of physical injury during an incident, either by accident or because they attempt to intervene. Even when not directly injured, children are greatly distressed by witnessing the physical and emotional suffering of a parent.
Encompass has been created to address this situation. It is the implementation of key partnership working between the police and schools. The aim of sharing information with local schools is to allow ‘Key Adults’ the opportunity of engaging with the child and to provide access to support that allows them to remain in a safe but secure familiar environment.
Following the report of an incident of domestic abuse, by 9.00am on the next school day the school’s Key Adult will be informed that the child or young person has been involved in a domestic incident. This knowledge, given to schools through Operation Encompass, allows the provision of immediate early intervention through silent or overt support dependent upon the needs and wishes of the child.
The purpose and procedures in Operation Encompass have been shared with all parents and governors in a letter which can be downloaded on this page and is detailed as part of the schools Safeguarding Policy and in our Encompass Commitment which can also be downloaded on this page.
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As part of our safeguarding and child protection duties, we fully endorse the Government’s PREVENT strategy.
From July 1st 2015 all schools are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in the exercise of their functions, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.” This duty is known as the PREVENT Duty For Schools.
At Chesham Primary school, we build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values and enabling our pupils to challenge extremist views.
The statutory guidance refers to the importance of PREVENT awareness training to equip staff to identify children at risk of being drawn into terrorism and to challenge extremist ideas.
If you or your child have any concerns about safety online, have been the victim of online abuse, or seen online abuse you can report it here
Chesham Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and safety of children and expect all staff to share this commitment. Any candidate applying for employment at our school will undergo rigorous checks to ensure our children are safe at all times. Checks continue to be carried out on staff and volunteers throughout their employment within our school.
Key members of our staff team are trained in Safer Recruitment. There is always at least one trained member of staff involved in the shortlisting, selection process and interview stage.
Our recruitment procedures are very robust and essential checks are made throughout the selection process.
As part of our recruitment and selection procedures we:
- take up references from the applicant’s current or former employer, following up with the author of the references if there is anything that appears to be contradictory or incomplete.
- The school reserves the right to contact present employers and any previous employer.
- Employers will be asked about disciplinary offences, including those which have expired.
- consider whether the candidate has the necessary physical and mental fitness to teach, including whether any reasonable adjustments are required to enable the individual to provide effective and efficient teaching (as required by the Education Health Standards (England) Regulations 2003).
- consider the flexibilities that exist to make appointments subject to the successful completion of a probationary period in order to provide the opportunity to assess an applicant’s suitability for the post over a period of time.
- ensure Disclosure and Barring Service Forms are completed and verified before employment commences (in line with Section 115 of the Police Act 1997).
- ensure every member of staff completes a Disqualification by Association declaration form about themselves and other adults living in their family home.
- check eligibility to work in the UK.