The safeguarding of our pupils as our main priority. We believe that we all have the right to be happy, to be safe and to learn and that we all have the responsibility to make this happen.
We will ensure that:
Areas of Safeguarding
We have a duty to ensure that we safeguard children across wide and varied aspects of need. These are set out in the government publication; Keeping Children Safe in Education, and are detailed as:
Specific Safeguarding Issues:
Members of Staff Responsible
We are all responsible for ensuring that each child remains safe, however the DSL is Mrs Gilbert, Mrs Duffy (Deputy DSL)
We follow strict procedures to ensure that everyone who works with our children is vetted, keeping our children as safe as possible. At least one senior member of staff is qualified in Safer Recruitment Procedures and oversees all recruitment processes.
Child Protection with Safeguarding Policy
We expect all staff to have an up-to-date understanding of safeguarding children issues and be able to implement the child protection policy and procedure appropriately. Policies are in line with current guidance and procedures. A copy of the policy is available here
Staff are expected to respond appropriately to:
We have an obligation to obtain necessary information from parents/carers in advance of a child being admitted to school, including:
Parents and carers must tell us of any changes to their details.
We take confidentiality very seriously. Any information which we hold is treated as confidential and shared on a ‘need-to-know’ basis.
Links with External Agencies
Since our first concern must be the well-being of your child, there may be occasions when we have to consult other agencies before we contact you. The procedures we have to follow have been laid down in accordance with the local authority child protection procedures, which are included as part of our policy.
We are fortunate to be supported by a range of external agencies which can be called upon to support the work we do in school. These include School Nurse, Health Practitioners, Educational Psychology, Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services, Behaviour Support, Social Services and Specialists in supporting Special Educational Needs.
Reporting Concerns or Complaints
Further to the above procedures, we have in place a concerns and complaints policy. A copy is detailed on our Policies page (Navigate). This enables children, staff and carers to report anything they feel is of concern.
Concerns should be raised in the following order.
Contact details are available from the school office.
If you have a safeguarding concern, then this should be brought to the attention of Mrs Gilbert or Mrs Duffy in the first instance.
Review of Policy and Practice
In order to ensure that best practice is maintained, our policies are reviewed regularly to incorporate the latest statutory guidance.
If you would like more information on safeguarding, please contact Mrs Gilbert, who will be happy to discuss matters further with you.
Emergency: If a child is in immediate danger or left alone, you should contact the police or call an ambulance on 999.
You can report abuse and neglect directly to children services on 01670 536 400
Non emergency Onecall: 01670 536400
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