We recognise that the welfare of the child is paramount and we take our responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of the children and young people in our care seriously.
An agreed definition of safeguarding is: "All agencies take all reasonable measures to ensure that the risks of harm to children’s welfare are minimised. Where there are concerns, all agencies take action to address those concerns, working to agreed local policies and procedures in full partnership with other local agencies" – Joint Chief Inspectors’ Report, 2002.
If you have a concern about a child, particularly if you think s/he may be suffering or at risk of suffering harm, it is your responsibility to share information promptly with the Designated Safeguarding Lead for Child Protection (DSL) or one of the Deputies:
Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mrs Emma Foyle (Interim Headteacher)
Deputy DSL: Mrs Lisa McGaw
Safeguarding Governors: Mrs Gaynor Brown and Mrs Lucy Watts
Please phone us on 01202 424585 with any concerns and ask to speak to the Designated Safeguarding Lead, Mrs Emma Foyle, about a safeguarding matter. If she is unavailable, you will be directed to oour Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead.
If reporting a concern, please provide as much information as possible.
If you have a concern during school holidays or out of school hours, please phone one of the numbers below.
If you have a serious concern because you think a child may be being abused, (physical abuse, emotional abuse, neglect or sexual abuse) you should contact Children’s Services direct on 01202 228866 or if out of office hours, please contact the Out of Hours Service on 01202 657279.
For all emergency situations please call 999 and ask for the police.
Volunteers and Visitors
All volunteers and visitors to our school are introduced to the school’s policies and procedures for Child Protection and Safeguarding. As part of their visit they will be expected to read our summary of our Child Protection procedures.
We use the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to undertake criminal record checks.The School Staffing (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2006 make it mandatory for an enhanced criminal record check to be obtained for all newly appointed school staff. Parents, governors and other volunteers who help regularly in the classroom and with activities associated with the school will require a DBS check because of the frequency of their volunteering activity and the contact they have with children, but others will not.
Allegations against our staff
If there is an allegation of abuse about a member of staff, please contact our Interim Headteacher, Mrs Emma Foyle, on 01202 424585.
If you wish to contact one of our governors, please send your email to the Clerk at email@example.com.
If you still have an unresolved issue and are concerned about the welfare of a student then please contact the Chair of Trustees at firstname.lastname@example.org.