Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as: protecting children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care. At Vernon Primary School we take our Safeguarding responsibilities very seriously. This means that we ensure that everyone working in our school has successfully completed the necessary clearances to enable them to work with children.
The Designated Safeguarding Leaders for Vernon Primary School are Miss Karen Wood; The deputy leads are Mrs Jo Carvell and Mrs Kerry Walmsley. Our Safeguarding Governor is Mrs Pauline Jones.
Every school must have a Child Protection Policy - often referred to as the school's Safeguarding Policy. The aim of the policy is to ensure that our school has effective measures in place to safeguard your children from the potential risk of harm and that the safety and wellbeing of the children are of the highest priority in all aspects of our school's work. Having the policy in place ensures that all members of our school community:
- Are aware of their responsibilities in relation to safeguarding and child protection.
- Know the procedures that should be followed if they have a cause for concern.
- Know where to go to find additional information regarding safeguarding.
- Are aware of the key indictors relating to child abuse.
- Fully support the school's commitment to safeguarding and child protection.
- Are employed following the safer recruitment process.
Safeguarding and Wellbeing Committee
Here at Vernon Primary School certain Year 5 and 6 children are part of our Safeguarding and Wellbeing Committee. This group meet regularly to discuss safeguarding and wellbeing at our school. The children regularly support their peers in school, this includes supporting children on the playground and also discussing topics in assemblies.
Have a look at our website page for more information: Safeguarding and Wellbeing Team
What happens when you call ChildLine?
This 3 minute video has been created to explain to children what happens when they call ChildLine and the support that is available to them.
On My Mind - Resources for Young People (Anna Freud Centre)
Mental Health organisation, Anna Freud, have curated a set of resources to 'empower young people to make informed choices about heir mental health and wellbeing'. This area of their website has been co-produced with young people themselves.
The 'On My Mind' section includes a Youth Wellbeing Directory, to help locate local services; 90+ strategies to help when feeling low or anxious, especially when self-isolating; and what to do to help a friend or relative. For more information click the image above.
We took part in Anti-Bullying Week in November 2020 and on Monday 16th November we held an Odd Sock Day in school. It was a great opportunity to encourage children and staff to express themselves and to celebrate our individuality and what makes us unique.
This year's Anti-Bulllying week is the 15th to 19th November 2021.
We kicked off the week with “Odd socks Day” staff and children were asked to wear odd socks in support of accepting and celebrating differences. Alongside this all classes were involved in a range of Anti Bullying themed activities.
During the start of the week years 5 and 6 also had visits from Christians in Schools who led an anti-bullying presentation that the children enjoyed.
Unfortunately Due to COVID a planned talk on Anti Bulling delivered by the local police had to be cancelled however this will be rearranged in the New Year.
More information on Anti-Bullying for parents and carers can be found at:
A parent/carers pack can be downloaded in our documents section below.
With the help of our friendly dinosaur Pantosaurus, Talk PANTS is a simple conversation to help keep your child safe from sexual abuse. For more information click the link below.
Cheshire East Self-Harm Pathway
The Self-Harm Pathway has been developed by a collaboration of the Emotionally Healthy Schools Pilot, the Chimney House Group of schools, Cheshire adn wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP), CWP Young Advisors and CWP Listen Up Groups.
It is intended as a pathway and practical guide for professionals working with children and young people to ensure appropriate support is put in place. For more information for parents please see the Self-Harm Pathway Letter to Parents in the tabs, along with advice for out of hours support.
Further information about the out of hours advice line from CAMHS can also be found in the resources section below and at:
The Poynton Town Council Community Support Team came in on the 5th October 2021, to speak to our reception children about the topic of “Road Safety”. The children enjoyed learning all about safety on the roads including using their own crossing!
“I saw those crossings with my mummy on the way to school”
“We learnt about how to stay safe on the roads”.