At this school, the health, safety and well-being of every child are our paramount concern. We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. Our aim is for children to enjoy their time as pupils in this school. We want to work in partnership with parents to help pupils achieve their full potential and make a positive contribution.
To promote a safe environment for pupils, our selection and recruitment policy includes all checks on staff and regular volunteers’ suitability, including checks with the Disclosure and Barring Service, as recommended by Buckinghamshire County Council in accordance with current legislation.
In accordance with our responsibilities under section 175/157 of the Education Act 2002, we have a Designated Safeguard Lead for Child Protection, Mrs Valentine and an Additional Safeguard Lead for Child Protection, Mrs Alburg, who receive appropriate training for their roles. It is their responsibility to ensure that all staff in contact with children receive child protection awareness training on a regular basis.
In addition, Mrs Valentine is the lead person for the PREVENT strategy through which staff must receive training to assist them in the identification of children at risk of radicalisation and how to refer them through appropriate systems to the relevant bodies. PREVENT also focuses upon promoting the British Values that are common all citizens and enable children to grow into responsible members of 21st century British society.
There are occasions that our concern about a child may mean that we have to consult other agencies. Whilst we would always aim to work in partnership with parents there may be exceptions to this when concerns are raised for the protection of a child.
On very rare occasions Social Care, whilst undertaking an investigation under s47 of the Children Act 1989, may want to speak to a child without parents’ knowledge. This would be a decision made in collaboration with partner agencies and would only be done in situations where a child might be at immediate risk. To gain consent at this point may increase the level of risk to the child or cause of a crime to be lost.
The procedures, which we follow, have been laid down by the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board, and the school has adopted a Child Protection Policy in line with this for the safety of all. This fully complies with the Keeping Children Safe in Education (2016).
If you want to know more about our procedures, please speak to Mrs Valentine, the Designated Safeguard Lead for Child Protection. The school’s policy can be found on the website.