Keeping children safe is our highest priority at Calow CofE VC Primary School. We create and maintain a safe learning environment where all children and adults feel safe, secure and valued and know they will be listened to and taken seriously. Our school is committed to the principles outlined in ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018’ and 'Keeping Children safe in Education 2023.' We implement policies, practices and procedures that promote safeguarding and the emotional and physical well being of children, young people and staff. If you have any concerns about the welfare of anybody in our school community please contact one of the school's designated safeguarding leads. They are: Mrs Wigfield (Head teacher), Mr Thompson (Pastoral care manager), Mrs Oldale (Deputy Head Teacher) or Mrs O'Neill (KS1 Leader). Alternatively, if you're concerned that a child is suffering or is at risk of significant harm please contact Call Derbyshire immediately, tel: 01629 533190.
Early Help Offer
Early help refers to the offer of any information, advice or support to children, young people and their families. Early help work is there to help children and families when issues emerge, to help prevent problems from escalating. Mr James Thompson is our Pastoral care manager who works 17 hours a week at Calow CofE VC Primary School. He is on the gate every morning and is always happy to help and support.
At Calow Cof VC Primary School, some of the early help work that we offer is:
- Parent/carers - you can call school or arrange to speak to James Thompson or any member of the school team if you are concerned or need support with your child’s learning, behaviour or anything else that you may be worried about.
- Children – All classes at Calow CofE VC Primary school have a worry box where children can write their worries or concerns regarding anything inside or outside school. Mr Thompson and Mrs Wigfield are trauma informed school's practioners and work with classes to discuss issues of safety and wellbeing. Mrs Wigfield is also the mental health lead.
- Early Help Assessment (EHA) - an EHA involves listening to parents/carers to find out what help you need and talking about what is working well in your life. Based on what you say and what help you would like, a plan is formulated so that professionals can work together to make sure you get the right sort of help. James Thompson will meet with parents/carers to carry out EHA.
- Hold family support meetings – Whilst assessing the help we are providing school will arrange Support meetings so we can make sure we are providing a successful service. At these meetings we may be asking external workers for support, like doctors, school nurse, other schools, police, housing and rehabilitation services, whichever is suitable for your circumstances.
- Schools will liaise with external agencies where necessary to make sure the children’s needs are met for the best possible outcome.
- School can help you to complete forms and other paperwork such as: admissions to high school, Disability Living Allowance, Doctors forms, etc.
We have a lot of accessible options to support parents, Please feel free to call us on 01246 274370 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We will always be here to help. If we cannot help you within our Early Help offer within school, we will support you and help you and your family get the support you need.
If you do not feel comfortable speaking to a member of staff regarding issues, please see our “What, Where, When” leaflet below, which will be able to signpost you to some of the many agencies out there for support.
Here are links for further guidance to child protection and safeguarding:
For further useful information surrounding e-safety please visit the following link - E-Safety - www.esafety-adviser.com
If you are worried a child is being bullied they can also get support here: