Children have the right to be protected from being hurt and mistreated, in body or mind.
Our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy reflects our belief that every child has the right to feel safe and protected from harm. The school has the statutory duty to 'safeguard and promote the welfare of children' and will ensure the provision of a safe environment in which children can learn and develop.
The school follows the child protection procedures set out by the Merton Safeguarding Children Partnership (MSCP) and takes account of the statutory guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2022) that has been issued by the Department for Education (DfE). The school works closely together with the Merton Safeguarding Children Partnership (MSCP) and other outside agencies where we believe a child's health or welfare is at risk.
If parents/carers have any concern about the health and safety of their child at this school, they should share this information with an appropriate member of staff straight away.
Please read our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy and Covid-19 Addendum to find out more about the safeguarding provision at our school.
Online Safety forms an important part of our safeguarding approach. Please read our Online Safety Policy to find out more.
Parents/Carers can find advice on 'Online Safety at Home' here.
The PREVENT Duty
From 1 July 2015 have a duty, under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, to to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism; this duty is called Prevent Duty. Schools have a responsibility to protect children from extremist and violent views. Our school fully supports the government's strategy as part of our ongoing safeguarding and child protection duties. We can provide a safe place for our pupils to discuss these issues so that they better understand how to protect themselves.
Early Help Strategy
At Dundonald Primary School, we pride ourselves in knowing our children really well: we are alert to the welfare of our children and are vigilant regarding any situation in which we can provide support. Early help is the support given to a child or their family when a problem first emerges.