Child Protection and Safeguarding

At Burnside Primary, we are dedicated to ensuring that all pupils are kept safe at all times.  If you have any concerns at all and wish to talk to someone, please come into school to talk with our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL), Jane Ramsay. Jill Williams (Deputy Head) and Nikki Shaw (Assistant Headteacher) are also trained DSLs and can be contacted if Jane Ramsay is not available.


Prevent Duty                                                                           "The way we educate our young people shapes the society we will live in. British schools have long been dedicated to encouraging students to think for themselves and to think about others, a blend of critical thinking and empathy that is the best inoculation against radicalism and extremism.”                                                                                              Russell Hobby NAHT General Secretary 06/11


What is Prevent?                                                                       Since 1st July 2015 all schools have had a duty to protect all children and young adults from the risk of Radicalisation and Extremism, under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015. This act requires schools to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This duty is known as the Prevent Duty.


What do schools do?                                                                      In order for schools to fulfil the Prevent duty, it is essential that staff are able to identify children who may be vulnerable to radicalisation, and know what to do when they are identified. At Burnside Primary staff members are trained on the Prevent Duty and we have regular training to ensure we are keeping our pupils safe. At Burnside Primary, we also build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values and enabling our pupils to challenge extremist views.


What we will do.                                                                        Schools have clear procedures in place for protecting children at risk of radicalisation. At Burnside Primary, our procedures are set out in our Child Protection and Safeguarding policy. General safeguarding principles apply to keeping children safe from the risk of radicalisation as set out in the relevant statutory guidance, working together to safeguard children and Keeping children safe in education. If necessary school will make a referral to the Channel programme. Channel is a programme which focuses on providing support at an early stage to people who are identified as being vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism. It provides a mechanism for schools to make referrals if they are concerned that an individual might be vulnerable to radicalisation.


As a school, we have a duty of care for our pupils and staff to safeguard them from the risk of being drawn into terrorism.  Our PREVENT statement makes our commitment to this duty clear.  We expect everyone in school (including visitors, volunteers and speakers) to uphold our PREVENT duty.


Provision –provide a curriculum which includes a global and anti-racist approach to each topic enhanced by outstanding social, moral, spiritual and cultural opportunities and the promotion of fundamental British Values .


Respect, Responsibility and Reliability are key elements of our school community ensuring that children and adults feel safe and confident to make informed choices with regard to their behaviour and actions.


E-Safety (Online Safety) is central to our learning in a 21st century classroom and pupils are kept safe and they are taught how to keep themselves safe online,


Values – Our Christian ethos and Christian values underpin all we do at Burnside and support our active promotion of the British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.


Elected pupil groups ensure that pupils have an active voice in school and help to shape the future of policy and practice through discussion, debate and a fair democratic purpose.


No – We say no to any form of extremism including hurtful language, exclusion of any pupils or groups (by other pupils or staff) and all forms of aggressive behaviour.  Our ethos of care ensures swift action and targeted support for all members of our school.


Training – Staff are trained to identify risks and the processes involved in radicalisation.  They are aware of early intervention and are committed to challenge any form of extremist behaviour.  They know the routes for referral and all staff have completed the CHANNEL Awareness module.