This school believes that it is always unacceptable for a child to experience abuse of any kind. We recognise our responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children. We will provide staff and volunteers with guidance to follow when they suspect a child may be experiencing abuse or at risk of harm. We will work co-operatively with other agencies to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with parents/carers first - unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead for child protection is Tracie Langfield.
The Deputy Designated lead for child protection is Laura Groome.
The Governor with responsibility for child protection is Julie Greenwood.
These people also hold responsibility for children in the Looked After system.
We review our policy and procedures on at least an annual basis.
Please see the school Safeguarding (including Child Protection policy) and eSafety policies which cover all types of abuse and includes radicalisation and extremism as part of child exploitation.
We are an Operation Encompass school and work with the police and other agencies to protect the children in our care from harm. For further information and support, refer to Government advice https://www.gov.uk/report-domestic-abuse
Procedures that ensure that the school offers excellent safeguarding measures include:
-careful vetting during the recruitment of all new staff taking account of Department for Education guidance, including ensuring recruiters have received Safer Recruitment training;
-thorough induction for all staff and annual training for all staff;
-annually reviewed procedures and policies through the Governing Body, including multi agency working arrangements;
-clear procedures for all staff outlined in the staff handbook, including risk assessments for all aspects of school life, which are updated annually and involve the children;
-head teacher is the Designated Senior Person with responsibility for Safeguarding and Child Protection and receives training at least every two years;
-Designated Governor undertakes termly reviews of all aspects of safeguarding, including Child Protection, Positive Handling, Pupil Safety, Medical Needs, the Single Central Record (which maintains details on staff members and volunteers) and any incidents referring to bullying, esafety or racism or discrimination of any kind;
-regular monitoring by the governors and head teacher, including discussions with pupils and parent questionnaires and
-there is a whistleblowing policy which is available to all staff on induction and in September each year.