Staff at Falconer’s Hill all receive regular training to notice possible signs of abuse during their daily contact with children. All staff are responsible for reporting concerns about a child.
Child abuse means:
- Physical abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Neglect, of a child and young person under 18
Signs of abuse may be:
- An injury
- A child tells that they have been ill treated
- A child is showing concern about the way an adult is behaving towards them
- A child telling about another child who is being mistreated, an adult tells that they are concerned about the abuse of a child
Part of a picture over a longer period, such as:
- A child who is regularly dirty, unsuitably clothed or hungry
- A child who is showing unusual behaviour for their age
- Deterioration in work or lack of interest
- A child who is isolated, distressed or angry
Child Sexual Exploitation
Child sexual exploitation is a form of sexual abuse. Victims are manipulated or forced into taking part in a sexual act, either as part of a seemingly consensual relationship, or in return for attention, gifts, money, alcohol, drugs or somewhere to stay. The young person may think that the abuser is their friend, or even their boyfriend or girlfriend. But they will put them into dangerous situations, making or forcing them to do things that they don’t want to or can’t say no to. The abuser will create some form of dependency between the young person and them and may physically or verbally threaten the young person or be violent towards them. They will try and isolate them from friends and family so that they can control and manipulate them.
What are the signs?
- Having mood swings or being emotionally upset
- Changes in physical appearance
- Changes in eating patterns
- Misusing alcohol or drugs
- Chatting online to people you have never met
- Appearing with unexplained gifts or new possessions
- Being in a relationship with or associating with an older person
- Increased or secretive mobile phone and computer use or in possession of multiple phones
- Showing inappropriate sexualized behaviour
- Suffering from sexually transmitted infections
- Associating with other young people involved in exploitation
- Regularly missing school or not taking part in education
- Regularly going missing for periods of time or returning home late
What can Parent/Carers do?
- Discuss with your children the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships to help highlight potential risks to them
- Be aware of the tell tale signs
- Exercise caution around older friends your child may have, or relationships with other young people where there appears to be a power imbalance
- Understand the risks associated with your child being online and using social networking sites and put measures in place to minimise these risks
- Stay alert to changes in behaviour
- Talk about it. Talk it through with someone else you know and can trust such as a teacher, school nurse or another service your child may be involved with. You can also talk to a social worker or the police.
Schools are placed under a duty by the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism” and “challenge extremist ideas” that support or are shared by terrorist groups.
Our school follows the Home Office guidance for schools which identifies best practice and ways in which schools can comply with their duty. We also work in partnership with the local authority Safeguarding team and Prevent Co-ordinator. Our staff have awareness training in radicalisation and are trained to recognise vulnerability to being drawn into terrorism. We ensure that fundamental British Values are reflected in our activities and general conduct of the school. For more information see our British Values page which sets out how this is included in our curriculum.
All adults working with children at Falconer’s Hill Infant School are aware of relevant policies and procedures for safeguarding children.
Designated Safeguarding Lead:
- Mrs Rachel Edkins
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads:
- Mrs Cressida Knox
- Mrs Michelle Mahiques
- Mrs Sue Burton
- Mrs Brigid Matthews
Wellbeing and Family Support
Sue Burton and Brigid Matthews are always on hand to provide you with a listening ear and a cup of tea.