Safeguarding and Child Protection – everyone’s responsibility
Most children enjoy generally happy childhood experiences within their own family. Unfortunately for some, this is not always the case, especially during difficult family times.
As a school, we have a duty to ensure that arrangements are in place for safeguarding.
Safeguarding means ensuring the safety and welfare of all children and, in addition to child protection, covers aspects of school life such as attendance, behaviour, first aid, health and safety, the curriculum and equality, to name but a few.
Child protection means protecting children from physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse or neglect. It also means helping children to grow up into confident, healthy and happy adults.
Our policy on Safeguarding and Child Protection (which lists signs of potential abuse and what to do if you have a concern) can be viewed and downloaded here. We can provide paper copies if you prefer – please do come and ask at our office.
If you have any concerns, relating to safeguarding, about a child at our school who you feel needs additional help and support, please do come and speak to one of the members of staff listed below:
The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Jess Stodart, Acting Headteacher.
The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are:
Jackie Davies (first point of contact as Child Protection Officer (CPO)
Nicola Vivian, Acting Deputy Headteacher and SENCo
Laura Greenshields, Acting Assistant Headteacher and Strategic Lead – Learning and Teaching
The designated Governor who acts as a link between the DSL and the Governing Body is Deb Edgell.
The designated governor responsible for liaising with the Local Authority and/or partner agencies, as appropriate, in the event of allegations being made against the Headteacher is Jo Gautam.
Posters with photos of our DSL and deputies are displayed around our school and in our main reception area.