Safeguarding and Child Protection at Bishop Ramsey School
Bishop Ramsey School is committed to Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of all of its students. Each student’s welfare is of paramount importance. We recognise that some children may be especially vulnerable to abuse. 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 to enable us to support all of our students.
Everyone working in or for our school shares an objective to help keep children and young people safe by contributing to:
Providing a safe environment for young people to learn and develop in our school setting.
Identifying young people who are suffering or likely to suffer significant harm and taking appropriate action with the aim of making sure they are kept safe both at home and in our school setting.
Staff who work with children, especially those who have regular daily contact, have a duty to help protect children from abuse. They must know how to recognise possible abuse and they should be familiar with the process of recording information on the school’s Child Protection Referral Form.
The School's Safeguarding and Child Protection policies can be accessed from the 'School Policies' page of the website in the 'About Us' section. Click here for this to open in a separate window.
At Bishop Ramsey School we work extremely hard to ensure all our students are safeguarded and that their families are supported.
We work with many agencies to provide the best possible care for our students and we train all our staff to be aware of and are sensitive to child protection issues.
If you have any concerns about the welfare of a child please talk to any teacher or you can speak directly to a member of the School’s safeguarding team.
Designated Safeguarding Team at Bishop Ramsey School
Every school is required by the DfE Guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ March 2015, to designate a member of staff for safeguarding.
Ms D Wiseman
Types of Abuse
This can range from over-chastisement, slapping with the hand, a belt, a stick or other object, to shaking, punching or throwing a child across the room. It can lead directly to neurological damage, physical injuries, disability or – at the extreme – death. Harm may be caused by the abuse itself and by abuse taking place in a wider family or institutional context of conflict and aggression. It also includes a parent/carer fabricating symptoms of or inducing illness in a child. Some physical abuse is reactive and some may be clearly premeditated with the intent to cause harm.
This can range from ignoring a child’s developmental needs to not feeding or clothing her/him adequately and not properly supervising her/him. Persistent neglect can lead to serious impairment of health and development, and long-term difficulties with social functioning, relationships and educational progress. Neglect may occur by omission or commission – it is important that problems for a child’s parent do not obscure neglect of a child in the family. Unborn babies may now be regarded as suffering neglect due to maternal substance misuse.
This is the involvement of a child or adolescent in sexual activities that s/he does not understand, cannot give consent to and which are not acceptable by our society. This includes inappropriate touching, taking of obscene photographs, producing/trading in child pornography (including via the Internet) as well as attempted or actual sexual intercourse. Its adverse effects may endure into adulthood.
This ranges from rejecting a child, refusing to show a child love or affection, or making a child unhappy by continually belittling her/him or verbally abusing her/him. It has an important impact on a developing child’s mental health, behaviour and self-esteem. It may also include developmentally inappropriate expectations including overly high expectations which the child cannot fulfil. Domestic violence, adult mental health problems and parental substance misuse may be features in families where children are exposed to such abuse. Emotional abuse may occur by omission or commission and it is important the problems for a child’s parents/carers do not obscure professionals’ view of their child’s emotional development.
Bullying – serious bullying causing a child to feel frightened or in danger may now be regarded as emotional abuse.
The internet and related technologies has created new opportunities for creativity and communication. However with this have come new concerns about sexual grooming of children, cyberbullying and access to inappropriate material. Further information can be found on our E-Safety Information page. Click here for the link.
Preventative work in the classroom
Students need to learn how to keep themselves safe and how to report concerns in school. There are many training and resource packs available to help teachers design a curriculum that empowers children who may be being abused. Various elements have been incorporated into everyday teaching, including issues around touch, secrets, self-esteem, assertiveness and feelings and emotions.