Child Protection & Safeguarding
Our safeguarding approach, values, vision and aims
At Millbrook Primary School and Nursery, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is of utmost importance and at the heart of everything we do. Staff always act in the best interests of children and maintain the attitude, “It does happen here.” As a community, we are proactive in ensuring compliance and providing an effective safeguarding culture. We pride ourselves on being the first school in Telford and Wrekin to achieve the status of ‘School of Sanctuary’, providing our community with a place of welcome, safety and protection. Our commitment to safeguarding, pupil wellbeing and personal development is clearly encapsulated in our values, vision and aims.
At Millbrook Primary School and Nursery, our core values are belonging, inclusion, respect, diversity and safety. We believe these core values provide both the children and whole school community with an environment in which all can thrive personally, socially, emotionally and academically.
Our Vision Statement
At Millbrook Primary School and Nursery, we pride ourselves on serving a unique and diverse community. We value the contribution of those from varied backgrounds, with different characteristics and life experiences. We believe that diversity allows us to build empathy for the lived experiences of other people, which is a key skill for those contributing positively to a globally minded society.
We support the statement by UNESCO (1994) which highlights that inclusion and participation are essential to human dignity and to the enjoyment and exercise of human rights. Because of this, we actively seek to break down barriers and bring about equalisation of opportunity for those in our community. In turn, this allows our children to engage with a broad, balanced and varied curriculum and reach their full potential.
Our curriculum offer has been designed to represent the diverse community our school serves. We understand that each child is unique, therefore we ensure our planning allows all pupils to make progress towards their individual targets whilst engaging them in memorable lessons. We acknowledge our pupils need to keep pace in a rapidly changing world, therefore, we provide our children with the opportunities required to understand complex global issues.
We champion the concept of a broad and balanced curriculum by ensuring coverage of all subjects whilst allowing our children to be creative and pursue individual interests. Curiosity is a quality we want to encourage, as we want our children to feel empowered and inspired to continue a lifelong learning journey. We push them to be inquisitive and independent, whilst also developing their ability to work cooperatively, so they leave us having developed the interpersonal skills required to become integral members of society.
To enhance this, we encourage people in our community to demonstrate respect for themselves, others and the environment. We believe that mutual respect is a key value that positively prepares children for life in modern Britain and the wider world.
We believe that children thrive when provided with a safe and welcoming environment, which promotes their wellbeing, gives them a sense of belonging and provides them with a lifelong love of learning.
Our aims for pupils:
- Stimulate, nurture, and develop individuality and lively, enquiring minds in an atmosphere that is welcoming, safe and secure
- Provide an accessible, supportive, positive and challenging learning environment for all children
- Develop in pupils a sense of self-worth and independence, which enables each child to aim for and realise their fullest potential
- To educate children on the UN Rights of the Child and the associated responsibilities, which enables them to contribute positively to society
- To teach children to express their thoughts, feelings and opinions in a respectful way and know that they should be heard
- Offer a broad and balanced curriculum which develops children’s knowledge and skills to enable them to become active, confident and responsible members of a rapidly changing world
- To enhance children’s Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC) development through daily curriculum and enriching experiences
Aims for our whole school community:
- Foster a school culture which is inclusive and places equal value on all its members whilst still viewing people as individuals
- Develop respect for and understanding of the ideas, cultures and beliefs of others, irrespective of their backgrounds, characteristics and life experiences
- Build partnerships between the school, the home, the local community and the wider world
- Promote and uphold the fundamental British Values of Tolerance, Mutual Respect, Democracy, Individual Liberty and Rule of Law
- Provide the whole community with a place of sanctuary and care.
This policy will be flexible to change and will be reviewed on an ongoing basis to reflect where there are any changes in government legislation or any changes in the duty of statutory agencies in child protection and/or the wider safeguarding agenda. If it is not appropriate to refine the policy during the year, then this will be done as a matter of course on yearly basis by a named person responsible below, who shall be accountable for that action.
Please follow the links below to view the following policies