Sharp Lane Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children. To achieve our commitment, we will ensure continuous development and improvement of robust safeguarding processes and procedures that promote a culture of safeguarding amongst our staff, governors and volunteers.
At Sharp Lane Primary School, we promote a love of learning within a safe and happy school, in which every person matters. This is best achieved when we all work together to support the development of the whole child. We pride ourselves on knowing not just about our children’s learning, but about them and their families as individuals and valued members of our school and local community.
The Senior Designated Safeguarding lead person for Sharp Lane Primary School is Mrs Zoe Smith. Should Mrs Smith not be available, Mr T. Smith is the deputy safeguarding lead. The Designated Safeguarding Team consists of Mrs Z. Smith, Mrs R. White, Miss J. Thompson, Mr T. Smith, Miss E. Stanham, Miss R. Tiffany and Mrs J.Garth.
All adults who work in school have a responsibility to read and understand all safeguarding policies and to act within accordance of the school’s Safeguarding and Child Protection policy at all times. This expectation is displayed on the school’s staff noticeboard, as explained in the staff Handbook.
It’s important for parents/ carers to check that any sports club or activity that their child attends has their child’s safety as its priority. Even if the club seems professional, there are questions that parents and carers should ask to make sure that they have all the necessary safeguarding measures in place.
A leaflet has been created to help parents and carers ask the relevant questions, please click on the link below:
Should you have questions or concerns about a missing child, please see the link below. This will share advice from West Yorkshire Police on how to deal with this situation.
West Yorkshire Police Advice on Missing Persons
Domestic Violence Notifications
There is a process in place to provide early reporting on any domestic violence incidents that occur outside of school and might have an impact on a child in school.
School will be informed of these incidents of domestic violence that have happened overnight.
The designated member of the school staff will use the information that has been shared, in confidence, while ensuring that the school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children, or their families, who have been involved in or witnessed a domestic violence incident.
We are keen to offer the best support possible for our pupils and we believe this is going to be extremely beneficial for all those involved.
Safer Leeds have updated their website to include useful information for victims of Domestic Violence and people delivering services. Please see link below.
Please see the weblink below for further information about Prevent.
Safer use of Zoom
From 5th April 2020, Zoom forced users to password protect their meeting room. This was an important first step. Other things to do to protect your Zoom space are:
• Use a new meeting room each time (ie. don't use the personal meeting ID)
• Don't allow attendees to join before host
• Mute attendees on joining
• Turn screen sharing off
• Set up a 'waiting room'
• Lock your meeting room after you have started
• Don't publicise your meeting's link on social media
• Don't share the screenshot of everyone, especially when it show the meeting ID
• Try to have someone who's job it is to 'manage the room' and focus just on doing that.
• Tell people what the Plan B is (ie. if you do have to abort the meeting where will the meeting move to and how can people rejoin)
• Avoid sharing personal information
• Turn off your video and microphone, unless it's needed.