Safeguarding in schools is fundamental for keeping children safe and schools in the UK have a statutory responsibility to protect children from abuse. They play a very important role in keeping children and young people safe and at Stratford Primary, we are very proud of our safeguarding culture, where children feel confident to speak out if they have a concern about their own or another child’s safety and adults feel confident about how to respond.
Our school council and Shakespeare house team take responsibility for some safeguarding such as interviewing pupils to see how safe they are, looking at our environment and identifying safe and unsafe places.
Shakespeare team meet every half term and may discuss topics which include mental health - anxiety, depression and general mental health; Online safety, following of year of online connectivity; Remembering how to stay safe in the community; Revisiting different types of abuse; Relationships; and promoting key awareness days within the school community.
The school council are responsible for talking to their peers and developing a pupil voice within the school surrounding Safeguarding. For example, they might be responsible for planning and running a whole school assembly every half term; devising questionnaires for the children to complete; creating a Safeguarding display for children; devising break time and lunch time ‘Team Safe’ sessions and running Safeguarding competitions.