Safeguarding Our Children
Tinsley Meadows Primary Academy is passionate about and committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff and visitors 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. All concerns are passed through the members of staff who are trained as “Designated Child Protection Officers” in school in compliance with the “sharing of information” guidance.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Deborah Sanderson (Principal). She is supported by Lindsey Wills (Senior Learning Mentor) and a large team of Deputy Child Protection Lead Officers (CPLOs). These are:
Tania Macpherson (Deputy Head)
Jenna Jina (Assistant Head)
Claire Peats (Assistant Head)
Esther Bloomer (SENCO / Teacher)
Julie Mason (Pupil Support Officer)
Craig Swift (Learning Mentor)
Tinsley Meadows Primary Adademy also has a designated Link Governor with a responsibility for safeguarding our children: David Sandilands.
If you have any serious concerns about your child or any other pupil at Tinsley Meadows Primary Academy please do not hesitate to contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead who knows who to contact for the best advice and help and is experienced in using the appropriate degree of confidentiality.
For the best interests of all our children we use the following safeguarding measures:
Tinsley Safeguarding Policy
Tinsley Meadows Primary School has a robust policy in place for ensuring the well being of our children. This policy underpins our practice and values shared by every single member of staff in our school.
The 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 with Tinsley Meadows Primary School.
Key members of our staffing team are ‘safer recruitment’ trained. This means they know what to do to safeguard children and young people from unsuitable applicants and to avoid employing anyone who might pose a risk to our children. There is always at least one trained member of staff involved in the shortlisting and selection process.
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)
– Use the provisions set out in a 2012 amendment made to the School Staffing (England) Regulations 2009 to request from the applicant’s current or previous employer details of any capability history that may have occurred in the previous two years, and the reasons for this.
– 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)
– Check eligibility to work in the UK
All school posts are exempt under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, and so all criminal convictions must be stated, with dates.
All children use computers at school, at home or in places like libraries and clubs, and Tinsley Meadows Primary School is keen to use the benefits of the internet to support children’s learning.
As a pupil you might find the following links useful:
- Website: thinkuknow.co.uk
- Website: bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/quiz
- Website: Childnet.com
- Website: Chatdanger.com
- Website: Disney.go.com
- Website: Netsmartzkids.org
- Website: bbc.co.uk/stay-safe
As a parent you might find the following links useful:
- Website: childnet.com
- Website: safeguardingsheffieldchildren.org.uk
- Website: thinkuknow.co.uk/parents
- Website: saferinternet.org.uk/advice
What to do if you are concerned about a child
Children and young people have the right to grow up safe from harm or abuse. If you are worried about a child or young person, please tell someone about your concerns.
Don’t think “What if I’m wrong?” – think “What if I’m right?”
Who you can contact:
You can talk to a professional at one of the agencies below, in confidence. You do not have to give your name or address.
- Children and Families Services – you can speak to a Duty Social Worker for Children and Families Services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Ring (0114) 273 4855. More information about getting help from Social Care Services can be found on the Sheffield City Council Website.
- Sheffield City Council First Stop Reception – you can call, in person, to the Council First Stop Reception, Howden House, Union Street, Sheffield S1 2SH from 8.45 am – 5.15 pm Monday to Friday (4.45 pm on Fridays).
- South Yorkshire Police – you can call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Ring (0114) 220 2020.
- Other professionals – you can also speak to other professionals such as a doctor, health visitor, teacher, or the NSPCC who can advise you and put you in touch with a social worker or police officer, or who can pass on information on your behalf.
In an emergency – do not delay – call 999
Don’t forget – you can also talk to us at school. We know who to contact and we can point you in the right direction.
What to do if you are a parent and you need more support to care for your child
Being a parent is one of the most important jobs there is – it is also one of the hardest.
Most parents want to do their best for their children but for many, living with disadvantage can severely compromise their ability. Poverty, unsuitable and insecure housing, domestic violence, lone parenthood, and being a young parent can all disrupt a parent’s ability to cope, and families under stress need extra support. Even without any of these factors present, sometimes a little help can go a long way in helping us to cope with the pressures of parenthood.
- 61 per cent of British parents describe parenting as ‘fairly’ or ‘very difficult’.
- 94 per cent of parents say it is helpful to talk to another person about parenting problems. (Barnardo’s, 2014)
If you are a parent and you think you could benefit from additional support in caring for your child you have a number of options.
First of all – please feel free to talk to someone at school. We have a wealth of knowledge about local support services and we can signpost or refer you to the right place.
You can also contact Sheffield East Multi Agency Support Team (East MAST) for more support. MAST provide advice and support for children and families on a range of issues and can help with:
New parenting skills
Helping parents to build a closer relationship with children and encourage better behaviour, including:
- Teaching new skills
- Coping with stress
- Managing problem behaviour
Being healthy and happy
Supporting families to be healthier, happier and more confident, including:
- Pregnancy support and advice about feeding new babies
- Teaching children to eat healthily
- Details about baby groups (e.g. baby massage and play sessions)
- Support at times of family crisis e.g. separation or bereavement
Help with children’s learning and behaviour
Supporting children through school which can help improve the way they behave, including:
- Supporting families when moving schools
- Helping with anger management or conflict by working with the family
Helping to improve both children’s attendance at school and their performance, including:
- Help with getting children to school
- Working with children in school to improve attendance
- Helping integrate children back into school
Helping families to find out what services are available, including:
- Understanding and completing forms
- Making appointments and attending them with family
- Signposting to other services within the city
MASTs assist with signposting, connection and delivery of a wide range of services for children aged 0-19, and to discharge statutory duties on behalf of the Local Authority on School Attendance.
Here are some useful numbers if you would like more support:
- Tinsley Meadows School Pastoral Team: Laura Hitch (0114 2440195)
- Sheffield EAST MAST (0114 2053635)
- Sheffield Social Care (0114 2037463)