At Altofts Junior School, safeguarding will always be at the top of our priorities. Through their day-to day contact with pupils and direct work with families, our staff have a crucial role to play in noticing indicators of possible child abuse or neglect. All teaching staff and support staff receive regular Child Protection training. If it appears to a member of staff that a child may have been abused or neglected, the school is required to report these concerns to the Wakefield Safeguarding Children Partnership.
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Should you need to speak to someone in school about a Safeguarding or Child Protection issue, the Designated Senior Lead (DSL) for Child Protection and Safeguarding at Altofts Junior School is:
Miss Fiona Blackstone (Safeguarding Lead, Prevent Duty Lead and Filtering and Monitoring Lead)
The Deputy DSLs are:
Mrs J Vickers (Headteacher)
Mr P Hunter (Acting Deputy Headteacher)
Mr J Lewis (Learning Mentor)
Our Nominated Safeguarding Governor (including Prevent Duty Governor and Filtering and Monitoring Governor) is Mrs Andrea Wright.
The Designated Teacher for Children in Care (CiC) is:
Miss Fiona Blackstone
To view our Education Safeguarding Policy, click on the link below:
Wakefield Safeguarding Children Partnership
If you have concerns about a child's safety or well-being, you should contact Social Care Direct.
They will deal with your concerns and can offer advice and support on what to do.
Social Care Direct is a free and confidential phone line, open 24 hours a day.
Members of the public can make anonymous referrals, please call:
0345 8 503 503
You can also make anonymous referrals by using the following email: Social_Care_Direct_Children@wakefield.gov.uk
For more information on Safeguarding click on the image below:
NSPCC Share Aware
NSPCC Speak Out Stay Safe
We are an Operation Encompass School which is run jointly between schools and West Yorkshire Police.
Operation Encompass is the reporting to schools, prior to the start of the next school day, when a child or young person has experienced any domestic abuse.
Operation Encompass ensures that a member of the school staff, (DSL) known as a Key Adult, is trained to allow them to liaise with the police and to use the information that has been shared, in confidence, while ensuring that the school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children, or their families, who have been experienced a domestic abuse incident.
We are keen to offer the best support possible to all our pupils and this has been extremely beneficial for all those involved.
Operation Encompass previously only informed schools if the child had been present during an incident but this changed last year so even if the child wasn’t present, school will still receive a notification that the police have attended any domestic abuse incident.
Below is the website link if you would like further information:
Wakefield District Domestic Abuse Service - WDDAS
Wakefield domestic abuse service is here to help you. Learn more about the different forms of support we offer, what domestic abuse is and the different types of domestic abuse, and how you can help if you are a domestic abuse survivor.
Definition of radicalisation
Radicalisation refers to the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and extremist ideologies associated with terrorist groups.
- tackle the ideological causes of terrorism;
- intervene early to support people susceptible to radicalisation;
- enable people who have already engaged in terrorism to disengage and rehabilitate.
The Government has defined extremism as: “the vocal or active opposition to our fundamental values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and the mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs”.
Terrorist groups often draw on extremist ideology, some people who join terrorist groups have previously been members of extremist organisations and have been radicalised by them.
Prevent work is intended to deal with all kinds of terrorist threats to the UK. The most significant of these threats is currently from terrorist activity linked to far right and Islamist extremists, who pose a continued threat to our safety and security. There is also concern about other extremist groups, for example, extreme left wing or environmental extremism, antisemitism, and extreme misogynist ideology.
The Prevent programme is early intervention support to address the personal and social factors which make people more receptive to radicalisation, and to divert them away from being drawn into violent ideologies and criminal behaviour. It works in partnership with front-line professionals such as teachers, health workers, social workers and others, and is delivered by local authority teams, local policing teams, community organisations, and charities. It does not target any one community and is not limited to any age group. The programme provides training for frontline professionals to help them understand and implement the Prevent Duty and protect vulnerable children in their care.
Child Criminal Exploitation CCE
Child Sexual Exploitation CSE
Safer Sleep for Babies
Wakefield Young People's Safeguarding Charter
Well-Being and Mental Health Support
Lumi Nova app
Growing Healthy Wakefield
If you need to contact the team please use the Single Point of Contact telephone number: 0300 373 0944.
The 0-19 Service can be contacted Monday-Friday 9am-5pm excluding bank holidays.
Papyrus Suicide Prevention
0800 068 4141
Supporting Young People with Suicidal Thoughts
If you’re a professional, a young person aged 16 to 17 or a parent or carer of a child or young person under the age of 18, you can contact the Wakefield CAMHS SPA team directly:
Monday to Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm on: 01977 735865.
You can also submit a referral online:
The Wakefield Risk and Resilience Framework
The Wakefield Risk and Resilience Framework is designed for practitioners working with children and young people in the Wakefield District.
The purpose of the framework is to help reduce the risk of poor outcomes and increase their resilience, in doing-so this will improve health, educational and social outcomes for children and young people.
WF-I-CAN is an online resource for children and young people living in Wakefield. It provides self-help tips for looking after yourself and healthy eating.
Think U Know
The National Crime Agency's CEOP Education team aim to help protect children and young people from online child sexual abuse.
They do this through their education programme, providing training, resources and information to professionals working with children, young people and their families.
UK Safer Internet Centre
NSPCC Net Aware
Education For A Connected World
Safer Schools was launched by Zurich Municipal and online safeguarding experts, INEQE Safeguarding Group, in 2018. Complimentary to Independent Schools insured with Zurich Municipal, Safer Schools provides a range of award-winning services that form our digital safeguarding ecosystem. These include a customised school app, educational resources, and both in-person and online training. This offers critical advice that is personalised for each member of a school community, with topics that include image sharing, social media, online bullying, safer gaming, and much more.