The Governing Body takes seriously its responsibility to ensure that the well-being of children is safeguarded and promoted and to work together with other agencies to ensure adequate arrangements within our school to identify, assess, and support those children who are suffering harm.
We recognise that all staff and Governors have a full and active part to play (consistent with their roles and responsibilities) in protecting our children from harm, and that the child’s welfare is our paramount concern. We believe that our school should provide a safe, caring, positive and stimulating environment that promotes the social, physical, spiritual and moral development of the individual child.
Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs)
If you are concerned for a child’s health, welfare or safety you must speak to one of our DSLs immediately. They are Maddie Southern (Executive Headteacher), Ben Massey (Head of School – School Road), Linda Rogers (Assistant Head – School Road), Lorna Cummings (Head of School – Holland Road), Niamh O’Shea (Deputy Head of School – School Road) Samuel Ledger (Assistant Head – Holland Road), Ben Patterson (Inclusion Manager – School Road), Charlotte Wallace (Inclusion Manager – Holland Road) or Naomi Miller (Senior Learning Mentor – Holland Road).
Do not question the child or try to secure evidence. Your responsibility is to report your concern, not to investigate.
If a child tells you something that suggests they are at risk of harm, allow them to tell you as much as they wish and let them know that you must pass the information on to the DSL.
If you are unable to find a DSL immediately, please ask the school office to contact one for you.
Please see the Policies below which concern Child Protection and Safeguarding:
- Keeping Children Safe in Education, Sept 2022
- Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy and Procedures
- Prevent Duty departmental advice
- Operation Encompass WHIS Parent and Staff Letter
The Schools Wellbeing Service