Keeping Children Safe in Education
The safety and wellbeing of all children and young people is of paramount importance. Parents and carers send their children to school each day with the expectation that the school provides a safe and secure environment in which their children can flourish. We, therefore, have to ensure that this expectation becomes reality. In order to achieve this all staff in our school work in accordance with the January 2021 version of Keeping Children Safe in Education. All staff have read the document and have signed a document to declare they have read and understood it.
Should you wish to peruse the document it is available at
All staff, employed at our school including governors and volunteers, undertake accredited Level 1 Safeguarding Training annually and refresher training midway through the academic year. As per statutory procedure, all employees also complete Prevent Training every two years. In addition to this, as part of their CPD, all staff complete other relevant training, relating to safeguarding and child protection, at regular intervals throughout the year. Mrs Dickinson is also trained in safer recruitment.
Safeguarding children and young people is everyone’s responsibility.
If you are a member of the public with a concern about a child please contact the Cumbria Safeguarding Hub on 0333 240 1727
Please see CumbriaLSCB.com for more information:
Cumbria Safeguarding Children Partnership (CSCP) is a partnership of all the different organisations working to protect children and young people across the county. Their website brings together information for children, young people and their families and the professionals who work with them.
Click here to visit the CSCP website.
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) is a national charity which works to fight child abuse.
Click here to visit the NSPCC website.
Prevent Duty Statement
What is the Prevent strategy?
Prevent is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist or extremist causes. At Parson Street, we also consider believe that this work extends to supporting children's thinking skills so that they grow up without developing extreme views.
The Prevent strategy covers all types of terrorism and extremism, including the extreme right wing, violent Islamist groups and other causes.
How does the Prevent strategy apply to schools?
From July 2015 all schools (as well as other organisations) have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism.
This means we have a responsibility to protect children from extremist, extreme or violent views in the same way as we protect them from drugs or gang violence. This is part of our wider efforts to safeguard children and protect them from harm.
Importantly, as an educational setting, we can provide a safe place for pupils to discuss these issues so they better understand how to protect themselves. We believe it is important for children to have an environment in which they feel safe to discuss challenging views.
What does this mean in practice?
Many of the things we already do in school to help children become positive, happy members of society also contribute to the Prevent strategy.
· Exploring other cultures and religions and promoting diversity
· Challenging prejudices (behaviour which contradicts any aspect of Equality Law)
· Developing thinking skills and a strong, positive self-identity
· Promoting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils, as well as British values such as democracy
We will also protect children from the risk of radicalisation, for example by using filters on the internet to make sure they can’t access extremist, extreme or terrorist material, or by vetting visitors who come into school to work with pupils.
Different schools will carry out the Prevent duty in different ways, depending on the age of the children and the needs of the community.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does Prevent relate to British values?
Schools have been required to promote British values since 2014, and this will continue to be part of our response to the Prevent strategy.
British values include:
· The rule of law
· Individual liberty and mutual respect
· Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs
Isn’t my child too young to learn about extremism?
The Prevent strategy is not simply about discussing extremism itself, which may not be appropriate for younger children. It is also about teaching children values such as tolerance and mutual respect.
The school will make sure any discussions are suitable for the age and maturity of the children involved.
Is extremism really a risk in our area?
Extremism can take many forms, including political, religious and misogynistic extremism. Some of these may be a bigger threat in our area than others.
We will give children the skills to protect them from any extremist views they may encounter, now or later in their lives.
Extremism – vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values such as democracy, the rule of law and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs
Ideology – a set of beliefs
Terrorism – a violent action against people or property, designed to create fear and advance a political, religious or ideological cause
Radicalisation – the process by which a person comes to support extremist behaviour