Colman Federation is committed to promoting the health and welfare of all of our children.
Parents are strongly encouraged to share or report any child protection or safeguarding concerns with the designated teacher at any time.
The school’s Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL) are:
Lead DSL - Deputy Head teacher/SENDCo – Mrs Katherine Morley
Lead DSL -Deputy Head teacher – Mrs Rachel Grey-Smith
SENDCo – Mrs Debbie Davis
Executive Head teacher –Mrs Julie Sandford
Parent Support Advisor (PSA) – Mrs Geraldine Preston
Visiting Colman Federation (CIS and CJS)
On arrival, all supply staff, regular volunteers and students will be expected to sign a declaration, confirming they have received, read and understood the safeguarding document using the online signing in system. Each visitor will be provided with a visitor’s lanyard, with the DSL’s names and roles displayed on the back.
Colman Federation are committed to provide a safe working environment and have an agreement to safeguard staff.
Please see the details of our school approach to all violence against staff.
LINK TO THE SAFEGUARDING STAFF (Still to provide)
There are many documents and pieces of legislation that we as schools have to follow.
The most important documents are listed below:
- Keeping children safe in education Statutory guidance for schools and colleges, DfE (September 2019)
- Keeping children safe in education Statutory guidance for schools and colleges, Part one: Information for all school and college staff (September 2019) https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/836144/Keeping_children_safe_in_education_part_1_2019.pdf
This document can be accessed in different languages.
Please use the link - https://www.lgfl.net/digisafe/kcsietranslate
- What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused (March 2015)
- Working Together to Safeguard Children.
A guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, DfE. (July 2018)
- What to do if you are worried a child is being abused DfE (March 2015)
Early Help is a service available to all families in Norfolk. If you are experiencing difficulties in your family or are worried about your children, there are people who can offer help, guidance and support.
Difficulties could be:
- Mental health problems
- Domestic abuse at home
- Drug or alcohol dependency
- Your child not going to school
- Struggling as a lone parent
- Debt problems
- Housing problems
If you are worried and feel that you would like some extra help, please discuss your concerns with us in school, either contacting Geraldine Preston, Parental Support Advisor (PSA) or one of the school’s Designated Safeguarding Leads.
Tel: 01603 223161
The Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) helps safeguard adults and children, and is made up of a range of organisations, including Norfolk County Council.
Most of these staff are based at County Hall in Norwich. Having a central hub with close working arrangements helps with information sharing between the agencies.
The Children’s Advice and Duty Service is the service for people to raise a concern about the safety or welfare of a child.
Tel: 0344 800 8020
NCC have launched a campaign to protect children during lockdown.
The county-wide campaign is called:
See Something, Hear Something, Say Something
The campaign encourages neighbours, extended family, those working to provide essential services and volunteers to look out for Norfolk’s children.
It asks communities, while the majority of schools, nurseries and colleges are currently closed and pressure at home may
be greater, to watch out for signs a child may not be safe and is backed by the Norfolk Safeguarding Children Partnership.
These signs may include:
- aggressive or repeated shouting
- hearing hitting or things being broken
- children crying for long periods of time
- very young children left alone or outdoors by themselves
Anyone with concerns about a child or family, should contact the County Council on 0344 800 8020
In an emergency contact the police on 999. In a non-emergency the police can be contacted on 101.
Any children that need help can also call Childline on 0800 1111.
The Norfolk Children Safeguarding Partnership works together to safeguard children.
Information for parents and carers and a link to make a referral if you are concerned about a child or young person.
Every Local Authority in the country has to have a Multi-Agency Safeguarding Agreement (MASA) in partnership with the Police and Health.
In Norfolk, the Norfolk Safeguarding Children Partnership (NSCP) is led by the 3 statutory partners who work together with other local agencies including the voluntary sector to make sure that children are protected from harm and that their welfare is promoted. The NSCP has robust independent scrutiny arrangements to ensure that people working with children carry out their safeguarding responsibilities as required by the law.
Tel: Freephone - 0808 1963494.
Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) has set up a 24/7 helpline offering immediate support for mental health difficulties during the coronavirus pandemic.
The freephone number, which is staffed by mental health professionals from the Trust, will provide reassurance, self-help advice, support and signposting designed to prevent people from going to the region’s emergency departments (EDs) during the crisis.
It is available to members of the public of any age, regardless of whether they are an existing NSFT service user. The line is also open to other healthcare professionals, such as ambulance staff and GPs, as well as social care colleagues and police personnel who may need advice when working with individuals who are undergoing mental health difficulties or may wish to refer someone.
This guide shows how decisions are made and how the safeguarding and child protection system works in Norfolk.
Norfolk Threshold Guide Animation 2018
Tel: 0808 800 5000
The NSPCC has updated its guidance on having difficult conversations with children and young people and has also written guidance on talking to children about the Coronavirus.
Please see the links below:
In school, we talk and use the Talk PANTS resources to help develop children’s awareness and understanding of keeping themselves safe.
A toolkit and information for parents on teaching children how to keep safe. We use this in school
The NSPCC have a Underwear Rule video to help deaf children talk PANTS and stay safe.
Please see the link below:
Child sexual exploitation is a type of sexual abuse. When a child or young person is exploited they're given things, like gifts, drugs, money, status and affection, in exchange for performing sexual activities. CSE can happen in person or online.
Children and young people are often tricked into believing they're in a loving and consensual relationship. This is called grooming. They may trust their abuser and not understand that they're being abused.
We take online safety very seriously and want to support you in helping your child to stay safe online. We run an annual online safety workshop for parents and recommend the following links as a great place to find some practical information. We have also worked with National Online Safety to provide a course for parents and carers. To access the course please follow the following link https://nationalonlinesafety.com/enrol/colman-junior-school. Once you have registered you will also be able to access over 50 online platform guides
At Colman we encourage the safe use of new technologies for all -if you have concerns - please consult the links below or pop in for a chat.
Colman Federation is working in partnership with Norfolk Constabulary and Norfolk Children’s Services to identify and provide appropriate support to pupils who have experienced domestic violence in their household.
Operation Encompass provides an efficient, confidential channel of communication between police forces and Key Adults within the Federation. This enables the immediate and discrete recognition of the child's situation by the Key Adult, ensuring a secure and sympathetic environment is provided and the broader effects of abuse are addressed.
Tel: Whatever you're going through, call us free any time, from any phone, on 116 123.
Whatever you're going through, a Samaritan will face it with you. We're here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Criminal exploitation often occurs without the child's immediate recognition, with the child believing that they are in control of the situation. In all cases, those exploiting the child/young person have power over them by virtue of their age, gender, intellect, physical strength and/ or economic or other resources.
The Children’s Society are working with the police and other organisations, to stop county lines activity and recognise the young people that have been exploited by criminal gangs as victims, not criminals.
Tel: 01245 493 311
The Children’s Society has developed resources for parents and professionals if they are worried a young person is involved in county lines.
Criminal exploitation: A guide for parents. https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/sites/default/files/cce-advice-for-parents.pdf
This document can be accessed in different languages.
Criminal Exploitation: Stages of Recruitment. Children At Risk of Exploitation (CARE)