Lyminster Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. The School expects all staff, pupils, governors and volunteers to share this commitment. Everyone has the right to feel safe and be safe in our school regardless of age, culture, disability, gender, language racial origin, religious belief and/or sexual identity. We actively support the Government's Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies, when there are concerns about a child's welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare. Our Child Protection Policy is available in the 'policies' section of the school website.
We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection Policy.
If you have any concerns about any child in the school, please speak to Mrs Gemma Terrill, Designated Safeguarding Lead or Mr Steve McGinley, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead. The Governor with responsibility for safeguarding in our school is Mrs A. Bear.
Individuals may report safeguarding concerns directly to the West Sussex Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) who can be contacted on 01403 229900 or out of hours on 0330 222 6664, email MASH@westsussex.gcsx.gov.uk
Photographs and Videos
Whilst lots of parents and carers really enjoy seeing photos and videos of their children's school life we are very mindful of our duty of care towards all our pupils. We take the issue of safeguarding very seriously and this includes the use of photographic and video images.
Any photographs or videos taken by parents, carers and relatives at school productions, sports days or other events are for the enjoyment of individual families. They must not be used in any way that could potentially place a child at risk. This would include publishing images in any form of print or on the internet including social networking sites, such as Facebook. This is emphasised before concerts and shows etc and we ask that all parents/carers co-operate.
We understand that in exceptional circumstances a parent or carer may not wish their child to be photographed or videoed in this way. If this is the case then please contact the headteacher to discuss how this can be best achieved.
Occasionally, the local press will be invited to take photographs of school events and special achievements. We like to use photographs of our children on our website, in school documents, for parent information meetings, newsletters and on our display screens around the school. If you do not wish photographs of your child to be used for these purposes, then please contact the Headteacher.