Granby Primary School fully recognises the contribution it can make to protect children and support pupils in school. The pupil’s best interest and welfare is of paramount importance. At Granby Primary School we aim to safeguard and promote our pupil’s welfare, safety and health by fostering an honest, open, caring and supportive climate and our staff members working with pupils maintain an attitude of ‘it could happen here’ where safeguarding is concerned. It is our aim to foster and encourage a culture of safeguarding within our school.
Safeguarding is defined as:
If you have any concerns or require advice on a concern regarding the safety, health or well-being of a child who is a pupil at our school please contact one of our designated safeguarding team; Dale Cross, Karen Parker, Jane Swift and Sue Foreman. School office contact number 0116 2298160
Alternatively, if the child is in immediate danger or is not a pupil at the school please contact Leicester City Children’s Services on 0116 4541004 or the police on 999 or 0116 2222222
The school out of hours safeguarding telephone number is 07927 086099 - this is ONLY for concerns regarding children who attend our school.
Child Protection and Safeguarding
Female Circumcision and Cutting (FGM)
It has been estimated that over 20,000 girls under the age of 15 are at risk of FGM in the UK each year, and that 66,000 women in the UK are living with the consequences of FGM. Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a growing cause of concern in schools.
FGM is child abuse and a form of violence against women and girls, and therefore it is dealt with as part of existing child and adult safeguarding/protection structures, policies and procedures. It is illegal in the UK to subject a child to female genital mutilation (FGM) or to take a child abroad to undergo the procedure. Despite the harm it causes, FGM practising communities consider it normal to protect their cultural identity. The age at which girls are subject to FGM varies greatly from shortly after birth to any time up to adulthood. The average age is 10 to 12 years.
At Granby Primary School, our staff are trained in dealing with FGM and are alerted to the following key indicators:
- A child’s family comes from a community that is known to practise FGM.
- A chid may talk about a long holiday to a country where the practice is prevalent.
- A child may confide that she is to have a ‘special procedure’ or to attend a special occasion.
- A child may request help from a teacher or another adult.
Any female child born to a woman or has a sister who has been subjected to FGM will be considered to be at risk, as much as other female children in the extended family. Any information or concern that a child is at risk of FGM will result in a child protection referral to Children’s Social Care.
The new mandatory reporting duty for FGM under the Serious Crime Act 2015, requires teachers in England and Wales to report known cases of FGM in under 18-year-olds to the police.
Prevent Duty for Schools
As part of Granby Primary School’s ongoing safeguarding and child protection duties we are fully behind the government's Prevent Strategy.
From 1 July 2015 all schools are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in the exercise of their functions, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This duty is known as the Prevent Duty for Schools. The statutory guidance refers to the importance of Prevent awareness training to equip staff to identify children at risk of being drawn into terrorism and to challenge extremist ideas.
At Granby Primary School, we build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values and enabling our pupils to challenge extremist views.
Parent Guides to Keeping Children Safe