Safeguarding and Child Protection

                                                                           SAFEGUARDING STAFF AND GOVERNORS

The safety of our pupils is of paramount importance. Please read our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy below to find out more about procedures, practices and responsibilities.

All staff receive annual training to ensure that they are up to date with developments and good practice. This training is led by outside providers, experts in their field. Training is for all staff, teaching and non-teaching. Training takes place throughout the year too. Key staff maintain their professional qualifications in child protection and safeguarding through attendance at L.A. training. Safeguarding updates are also regularly provided at staff meetings throughout the school year.

The school has a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL), Head Teacher Ms. Dobie, who is supported by the Acting Deputy Head Teacher Mrs. Horne and in her absence SENDCo Mrs. Man. In addition the safeguarding and child protection governor is Anthony Kuti. Governors work closely with school staff to oversee safeguarding and child protection across our school community.

Pupils are taught how to keep themselves safe. Our PSHE syllabus seeks to address many of the issues that children need to understand to be prepared for all the challenges that living in the modern world presents. This includes issues of personal safety, self-esteem, bullying, racism, homophobia, sex and relationship education, emotional well being and resilience as well as the safe  use of the internet and social media.

Our recruitment and vetting procedures are secure and in-line with recommended ‘safer recruitment’ practice and our risk assessments are robust and in-place. Similarly, the school is pro-active and effective in its links with outside agencies such as social services.

We are committed to safeguarding and serving the best interests of the child. We encourage and expect ‘a culture of vigilance’ throughout the school. Our recruitment and vetting procedures follow local and national good practice guidelines.