The safeguarding of all our children is a priority for us in our School and as such, is everyone’s responsibility. We believe all children have the right to be happy, to be safe and to learn. We recognise that whatever their age, gender, culture, disability, language, racial origin, religious beliefs or sexual identity, they have the right to be protected from harm.
We expect all staff, students, volunteers and parents to share this commitment. All suspicions and allegations are taken seriously and reported to the Designated Safeguarding Leads in School, Becky Wood and Nichola Hesslewood, who’s responsibility it is to then act swiftly.
Our school follows strict guidelines and procedures to ensure that everyone who works with our children has been vetted. Those responsible for recruiting staff are suitably trained in Safer Recruitment and familiar with policy and procedures. Ongoing checks and “whistle-blowing” are in line with current policy.
All staff are trained in child protection issues to ensure they are knowledgeable and well equipped to appropriately recognise and respond to children who may be at risk of harm, or at least vulnerable. All staff, students and volunteers are directed to read the document ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ September 2019.
All staff have an up-to-date understanding about safeguarding children and are confident to implement the policy and procedure appropriately, maintaining confidentiality at all times.
They are able to respond to;
- significant changes in behaviour
- a deterioration in their well-being
- unexplained marks or bruising that may indicate possible abuse
- signs of neglect
- comments children make that give cause for concern
Before a child even starts with us, we ask for the following information:
- emergency contact numbers
- information about parental responsibility and who has legal contact
- special dietary requirements or food allergies
- special health needs or medical conditions
- any care or court orders in place
Taking confidentiality very seriously, any information we hold is only shared on a ‘need to know’ basis.
It is the parents/carers responsibility to keep the school informed of any changes to these details.
links with other agencies
The well-being of all our children is our primary concern and so, on occasions, we may need to consult other agencies before we contact parents and carers, in line with the local authority child protection procedure.
We are very fortunate to be able to consult a variety of external agencies who are happy to support us with our work in school. These include Health Practitioners, Educational Psychologists, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Behaviour Support, Social Services and Specialists in supporting children with special educational needs and disabilities.
collecting your child from nursery
Please make sure that an adult always brings and collects your child– this must be someone over the age of 18. If a different adult is collecting your child, please inform a member of staff as we do not allow children to leave nursery with adults who we do not know. You will be asked for a security password, which enables the safety of your child, as part of the admission pack. Any different adult collecting your child will be asked for this password.
reporting concerns or complaints
We have a concerns and complaints policy in school, which enables children, staff, students, volunteers, parents and carers to report anything they feel is a concern.
Concerns should be raised in the following order;
- to the key person. Then, if there is no resolution ..
- to the headteacher. Then is there is no resolution ..
- to the Chair of Governors. Then, if there is no resolution ..
- to the local Authority.
Contact details can be obtained from the School Office.
If you have any questions in relation to safeguarding, please do not hesitate to contact the school and ask to speak with Becky Wood, the Headteacher.
For further information, see our Safeguarding Policy in the section on policies.