Black Combe Junior School recognises the importance of providing an ethos and environment within school that will help young people to feel safe, secure and respected; encourage them to talk openly; and enable them to feel confident that they will be listened to.

 We will endeavour to safeguard children by:

  • maintaining their welfare as our paramount concern;
  • valuing, listening to and respecting them;
  • involving them in decisions which affect them;
  • developing and implementing policies for tackling bullying, racist abuse, harassment and discrimination and ensuring these issues are discussed within the curriculum;
  • ensuring that child protection is included in the curriculum to help children stay safe, recognise when they don’t feel safe and identify who they might/can talk to;
  • making sure all staff and volunteers are aware of and committed to the Safeguarding Statement and Child Protection Policy, are able to recognise the signs and symptoms of abuse through on-going training and support, and are aware of the school’s procedures and lines of communication;
  • sharing information about concerns with agencies who need to know, and involving children and their parents/carers appropriately;
  • checking the suitability of staff and volunteers , ensuring all necessary background checks are made;
  • adopting a code of conduct for all staff and volunteers;
  • providing effective management through induction, support and training;
  • ensuring staff and volunteers understand about ‘whistle blowing’;
  • dealing appropriately with allegations/concerns about staff or volunteers, in accordance with Government guidance.

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Black Combe Junior School Overarching Safeguarding Statement  

 Cumbria Local  Safeguarding Children's Board  (Cumbria LSCB)

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.Mrs Webber is the Designated Safeguard lead and  Mr Dodd and Miss Bratley are also trained safeguarding leads in her absence. 

Early Help

Early Help is a way of working with children and young people. It involves listening to you and your child to find out your child’s needs, and what is working well in your child’s life. An action plan, agreed with you and your child, is also put in place to make sure your child gets the right sort of help. The Early Help Assessment is voluntary – you and your child can choose to be involved. 

How will an Early Help Assessment help my family?

  • The Early Help Assessment exists to help you support your child. It can lead to a quick solution or help to identify extra support if needed.

  • Early Help will ensure that everyone involved with your child – such as teachers and health visitors – works together to support your child.

  • Early Help will help your child receive the right support at an early stage before their needs increase which can be much more difficult to help you with. As The Early Help Assessment is a shared assessment, you and your child will not have to repeat the same story to different workers.