At William Murdoch Primary School we are deeply committed to the safeguarding of all our children. Safeguarding is about ensuring that everyone is safe from harm – safe from bullying, safe from people who could abuse, safe from discrimination or harassment – and that everyone feels safe in our environment.

The school has a statutory duty (Section 47(1) of the Children Act 1989) and a pastoral responsibility towards our pupils and we recognise that pupils have a fundamental right to be protected from harm.  Children cannot learn effectively unless they feel safe and secure.  We therefore have a Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy (see link below) which reflects both our statutory duty and our pastoral responsibilities. 
All staff are aware of the procedures to follow should they have any “cause for concern.”

Under the Children's Act we are duty bound to report any complaints of abuse to Birmingham Social Services.  If a child passes information to us regarding any form of abuse whether physical, emotional, sexual or neglect, we are not allowed, under the law, to keep this information secret.  The same law states if a member of staff suspects any form of abuse then the situation must be monitored closely and the information must be passed to Birmingham Social Services.

The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) for Child Protection is Mrs Pannu (Deputy Headteacher). The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (DDSL) for Child Protection are Mr Singh, Mrs Kullar and Mrs Baker. The Safeguarding Governor is Dr Mehra.
The school has a Policy for Safe Use of Images to protect the children.  No photographs or videos should be taken on the school premises without prior consent from the Headteacher.  
DVDs produced at school are strictly for personal use only.  
The school uses CCTV images to reduce crime and monitor the school buildings in order to provide a safe and secure environment for pupils, staff and visitors and to prevent the loss or damage to school property.

Safeguarding Policy

COVID-19 Addendum to the Safeguarding Policy