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Safeguarding Statement

Cononley Primary School  is committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all children in school. All North Yorkshire schools, including Cononley Primary School, follow the North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Partnership procedures. The school will, in most circumstances, endeavour to discuss all concerns with parents about their child/ren. However, there may be exceptional circumstances when the school will discuss concerns with Social Care and/or the Police without parental knowledge (in accordance with Child Protection procedures). The school will, of course, always aim to maintain a positive relationship with all parents. The school’s child protection policy is available using the link below. If you would prefer a paper copy, please contact the school office.

School Commitment

Cononley Primary School is committed to Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of all of its pupils. Each pupil’s welfare is of paramount importance. We recognise that some children may be especially vulnerable to abuse e.g. those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (ref. Keeping Children Safe In Education para 185), those living in adverse circumstances. We recognise that children who are abused or neglected may find it difficult to develop a sense of self-worth and to view the world in a positive way. Whilst at school, their behaviour may be challenging. We recognise that some children who have experienced abuse may harm others. We will always take a considered and sensitive approach in order that we can support all of our pupils. 

How We Keep Our Children Safe

Safeguarding includes the establishment and implementation of procedures to protect children from deliberate harm. Safeguarding also encompasses all aspects of pupils' health, safety and well-being. At Cononley Primary School, we have a number of policies and procedures to keep our pupils safe. An outline of these documents is listed below and can be read in full by clicking the links at the bottom of the page. 

Child Protection and Safeguarding Training

Each year, staff and governors undertake child protection and safeguarding training so that we know the best way to keep our children safe. Here are links to some of the key documents and web-sites that we use to inform our practice: 

Child Protection Policy - please see the link at the bottom of the page.

Keeping Children Safe in Education

What to Do if You are Worried a Child is Being Abused

Working Together to Safeguard Children

Prevent ( the duty to prevent people being drawn into terrorism)

Action Counters Terrorism (reporting suspicious behaviour that could be potentially related to terrorism)

Safer Recruitment

Safer recruitment is a set of practices to help make sure our staff and volunteers are suitable to work with children and young people. It's a vital part of creating a safe and positive environment and making a commitment to keep children safe from harm. At least one person who is interviewing for a new member of staff or volunteer will have undertaken recent Safer Recruitment training. 

More Information about Safer Recruitment Training

Expectations for Staff, Volunteers and Governors

Staff, volunteers and governors are expected to uphold the highest standards of behaviour. These standards are made explicit through our Codes of Conduct and Responsible Use of ICT document; all staff, governors and volunteers are required to read and abide by these codes. There are procedures in place so that staff, volunteers and governors are able to report concerns about any aspect of safeguarding in school. All of these documents are linked below. 

Related Policies and Procedures for Children

The ethos of our school underpins the way we promote the safety and wellbeing of all our children. There are high expectations for behaviour and clear policies for Behaviour and Anti-Bullying. Kindness and respect for each other are the key principles of our school rules.  Through our curriculum, pupils are taught how to stay safe on-line and how to develop healthy relationships. Mental well-being is promoted and pupils are able to access support from school staff who have been trained through Compass Buzz. Pupils who require medication or adaptations for specific health needs or other special needs are welcomed and supported.