The Government has defined the term ‘safeguarding children’ as:
‘The process of protecting children from abuse or neglect, preventing impairment of their health and development, and ensuring they are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care that enables children to have optimum life chances and enter adulthood successfully.’
The school Safeguarding Team is as follows: Mr G Stout, Mrs A Lowes, Mr J Pratt, Mr P Cook, Mr A Cowey.
Our school has a responsibility to ensure that our safeguarding arrangements for children meet statutory requirements and follow national guidelines.
Schools play a critical role in keeping children safe from harm.
Protecting children used to be seen as the preserve of social workers, but events in recent years have brought the school’s role into focus.
Of course the principal goal of a school is to teach, but in order to demonstrate equality of opportunity for all pupils, it is necessary to remove, or at least reduce, the barriers that impede learning. Children cannot concentrate on learning if their lives are disrupted by abuse and fear. In short – safer children are more successful learners.
Our school is responsible for the following aspects of Safe Guarding:
- Child Protection
- Counselling in School
- Drug Education
- Health and Safety
- Learning to be Safe
- One to One Tuition
- Pupil Welfare
- Safe Recruitment
- Safe Staffing
If you have any concerns regarding the safeguarding of your child or indeed other children in the school them please contact our Child Protection Office Mr G Stout at school.
Parent and carers should ensure that all information held by the school is both accurate and up to date.
Changes of address, contact telephone numbers and email addresses must be reported to the school as soon as possible to reduce the risk of the school sending information regarding children to incorrect contact details.
We would also appreciate it if both parents and carers could ensure that the school has up to date information on emergency contact numbers.
Our school recognises that there are many potential benefits which can result from increased interaction with the public and external contractors through school visits.
At the same time, we have a legitimate interest in avoiding disruption to the educational process, protecting the safety and welfare of the students and staff, and to protect the school's facilities and equipment from misuse or vandalism.
In order to minimise these risks all school visitors must:
- Report to the school office when arriving or leaving the school premises
- Wear an appropriate form of identification when on school premises
- Arrange their visit to the school where possible in advance
- Provide the school with a form of personal identification
- Provide proof of employment when visiting on behalf of an external company