At Balby Central Primary Academy we aim to work in close partnership with parents and carers to support our children There is a clear responsibility on all schools to ensure they work with external agencies to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children. If concerns are raised about a child or children, it is our safeguarding duty to refer to Early Help for advice and with Children’s Services in line with Government and Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council Policy. As a school, we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All adults in school are required to complete a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) Enhanced Police Check. The school’s designated safeguarding lead and all advanced safeguarding trained staff attend regular network meetings through the Local Authority to ensure they are kept up to date with latest guidance, policy and procedure. Staff in school are kept up to date through specific safeguarding training on a termly basis using Andrew Hall Safeguarding and Gooseberry Planet. The Local Authority requires the school to report any obvious or suspected case of child abuse which includes non-accidental injury, sever physical neglect, emotional abuse and/or sexual abuse. This procedure is intended to protect children at risk and schools are encouraged to refer for advice where there are grounds for suspicion. This does mean that there is a risk of upsetting some parents by reporting a case, which on investigation proves unfounded. In such circumstances, it is hoped that parents, appreciating how difficult it is to carry out this delicate responsibility, would accept that the school was acting in what they believed to be the best interests of the child. We all have a statutory duty to “safeguard and promote the welfare of children” If you have any concerns about the health and safety of a child at this educational setting or feel that something may be troubling them, you should share this information with an appropriate member of staff straight away.
Gemma Lakin Designated Safeguarding Lead and Assistant Headteacher
Emma Cooke Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead and Headteacher
Ellen Slack Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead and Welfare Mentor
For any safeguarding concerns please email email@example.com
For urgent out of school hours concern please phone Doncaster Children's Trust on
We are committed to work with South Yorkshire Police and Operation Encompass; a project introduced to support children where there has been reports of domestic abuse incidents in the home.
Operation Encompass has been designed to provide early reporting on any domestic abuse incidents, where the police have attended and that might have an impact on a child in school.
A safeguarding designated lead will be informed when a domestic abuse incident has been recorded within the previous 24 hours or over the weekend. This will enable school to monitor children possibly affected and, where required, support if necessary.
Support from South Yorkshire Police
South Yorkshire Police provide guidance and support for victims of Domestic Abuse. More information can be found at Support for victims of Domestic Abuse with additional information about agencies that can help COVID Lockdown Support Leaflet
Top Tips for E Safety (Primary Age Children)
- Talk to your child about what they’re up to online. Be a part of their online life; involve the whole family and show an interest. Find out what sites they visit and what they love about them, if they know you understand they are more likely to come to you if they have any problems.
- Watch Thinkuknow films and cartoons with your child. The Thinkuknow site has films, games and advice for children from five all the way to 16.
- Encourage your child to go online and explore! There is a wealth of age-appropriate sites online for your children. Encourage them to use sites which are fun, educational and that will help them to develop online skills.
- Keep up-to-date with your child’s development online. Children grow up fast and they will be growing in confidence and learning new skills daily. It’s important that as your child learns more, so do you.
- Set boundaries in the online world just as you would in the real world. Think about what they might see, what they share, who they talk to and how long they spend online. It is important to discuss boundaries at a young age to develop the tools and skills children need to enjoy their time online.
- Keep all equipment that connects to the internet in a family space. For children of this age, it is important to keep internet use in family areas so you can see the sites your child is using and be there for them if they stumble across something they don’t want to see.
- Know what connects to the internet and how. Nowadays even the TV connects to the internet. Make sure you’re aware of which devices that your child uses connect to the internet, such as their phone or games console. Also, find out how they are accessing the internet – is it your connection, or a neighbour’s wifi? This will affect whether the safety setting you set are being applied.
- Use parental controls on devices that link to the internet, such as the TV, laptops, computers, games consoles and mobile phones. Parental controls are not just about locking and blocking, they are a tool to help you set appropriate boundaries as your child grows and develops. They are not the answer to your child’s online safety, but they are a good start and they are not as difficult to install as you might think. Service providers are working hard to make them simple, effective and user friendly. Find your service provider and learn how to set your controls
Gooseberry Planet is an interactive game platform that we use with the children to teach them about E-Safety and how to use the internet safely. Please find below some links to resources that can be used to help keep your children safe online.