General Safeguarding and Child Protection
For a more extensive list of safeguarding policies and guidance documents please visit Key Information/Our Policies.
We are committed to safeguarding and putting the physical and emotional health and well-being of our pupils and staff first.
We want our pupils to develop:
- positive attitudes to learning
- creativity and a sense of self-confidence and self-esteem
- equality of opportunity, independence, individuality, tolerance, sensitivity and cooperation
- good relations, respect for others and the environment
- broad and balanced knowledge and understanding gained through a creative curriculum
- achievement through quality learning experiences
This is best achieved when we all work together to support the development of the whole child. We pride ourselves on knowing not just about our children’s learning, but about them and their families as individuals and valued members of our school.
Our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policies apply to all adults, including volunteers, working in or on behalf of our school. We expect everyone working in our school to share responsibility for keeping children safe from harm and abuse and report any concerns to one of our DSLs.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.
We have policies to manage potential allegations against staff, whistleblowing and the use of physical intervention. We also have a clear procedure for reporting concerns which is detailed in the school’s complaints policy.
Our staff recruitment policies and practices are rigorous and comply with safe recruitment and selection requirements. We require evidence of enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance before employing any staff. All voluntary helpers, supply teachers, governors, agency staff and outside club and coaching staff must provide evidence of enhanced DBS clearance.
The governing body is regularly updated about child protection and safeguarding policies and practices by the head teacher.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Mendel. The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads include Mrs Garley (Deputy Head), Mrs McPartland (SENCo) and Miss Stanton (Family Support Worker).
The Designated Safeguarding Governor is Miss M Swieca.
If you would like further information about safeguarding in schools, please refer to the following DfE page; ‘Safeguarding Children in Education’