Safeguarding at FMS
Fulston Manor School recognises the statutory and moral duty it holds to safeguard our students. We will endeavour to create a welcoming and safe environment for our students where children feel respected and valued. Should we have concerns over a student’s well-being, we will follow our own policy to ensure children are safe; we will keep the interests of the child at the heart of what we do.
All of our staff body knows what the signs of abuse look like, and that safeguarding is the shared responsibility of all staff. Staff know they must never promise a child that they will not share a disclosure.
All staff have the responsibility to:
- Understand and comply with the safeguarding policy
- Provide a safe environment in which children can learn
- Ensure all children are able to develop appropriate strategies to recognise and respond to risk and build resilience
- Identify and recognise children who may be in need of early help, who are suffering, or are likely to suffer significant harm
- Provide help for children, where appropriate and reasonable
- Take appropriate action to prevent safeguarding concerns escalating and work with other services as needed
- Be aware of and take appropriate action to raise concerns regarding poor or unsafe practice or potential failures in the school safeguarding regime (this may include accessing the school whistleblowing policy)
- Maintain an attitude of ‘it could happen here’ where safeguarding is concerned and to always act in the best interests of the child
- Respond to and refer any concerns about children or other members of the community in accordance with this policy (Recognise, Respond, Record, Refer); use CPOMS to log concerns.
- Ensure disclosures are dealt with empathetically, and the child is reassured that they have done the right thing by disclosing and that they will be taken seriously.
- All members of staff at Fulston Manor School know what to do if a child tells them they are being abused or neglected. Members of staff know to maintain an appropriate level of confidentiality whilst at the same time liaising with relevant professionals such as the DSL and other agencies as appropriate.
Who should I contact in an emergency?
You can use the Contact Us section on this webpage to contact our Safeguarding Team directly, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
Alternatively, if you require immediate help or guidance you can use the links below to contact Childline or the NSPCC. Both of these charities run a 24/7 chat service.
Front Door Support Line - 03000 411111