Safeguarding & Child Protection
Ludham Primary School and Nursery is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the safety and welfare of children at all times. All our staff all staff, governors and volunteers are expect to share this commitment, and training, monitoring and reporting procedures are in place to ensure this commitment is realised.
We aim to provide a safe environment at school that is conducive to learning. We aim to identify children who are suffering or likely to suffer significant harm, and take appropriate steps to keep them safe in school and at home when required.
We have three Designated Safeguarding Leads: Mrs H Delf, Headteacher; Mrs K Hurn, KS1 Teacher; and Miss L Mindham, EYFS Teacher. We also have a designated Safeguarding Governor, who monitors our safeguarding and child protection processes alongside the governing body.
Norfolk Safeguarding Children Board
The Norfolk Safeguarding Board works together to safeguard children. Every Local Authority in the country has a Local Safeguarding Children Board in place to make sure that children are protected from harm and that their welfare is promoted. The Norfolk Safeguarding Children Board (NSCB) is made up of statutory and voluntary partners who work with families and children. They are an independent organisation and make sure that people working with children carry out their safeguarding responsibilities as required by the law.
Early Help is a service available to all families in Norfolk. They have services to access support, information and guidance on a range of areas. If you are worried about your child or family and think you might need some extra first you should discuss your concerns with your family’s health visitor, or your child’s preschool or school. If you are unable to get the help you need you can talk to the early help team based in your local area.
MASH stands for the Norfolk Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub.
This brings key professionals together to facilitate early, better quality information sharing, analysis and decision making to safeguard children, young people and vulnerable adults more effectively.
The MASH are the first point of contact for receiving new safeguarding concerns or enquiries. If we contact MASH and they give us advice, we have to follow that process to safeguard children. Sometimes, a consultation may be deemed by the professionals at MASH to need to become a referral. Once that happens, we as a school will be given clear instructions as to what happens next and we have to follow them. This is part of our statutory duty.
Useful sites and links
The NSPCC – support and advice if you have concerns about a child
Norfolk Threshold Animation – this is a useful video clip, 3 minutes long, to show families and children the support available and how the process works