We recognise that all staff, including volunteers, have a full and active part to play in protecting pupils from harm. We believe that our school should provide a caring, positive, safe and stimulating environment in which pupils can learn and also promote the social, physical and emotional wellbeing of each individual pupil.
The school recognises its responsibilities and duties to report child protection concerns to the social work service within Children’s Specialist Services and to assist Children’s Specialist Services in child protection enquiries and in supporting Children in Need. This policy is in line with the London Child Protection Procedures 2017 (5th edition), Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 and Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020.
The school will raise child protection concerns with parents/carers at the earliest appropriate opportunity, and work in partnership with them and other agencies to improve outcomes. The school will ensure that all staff are provided with the appropriate training in child protection issues, as recommended in the guidance. In particular designated members of staff will be released to attend the necessary enhanced training courses to enable them to carry out their role effectively.
All staff are required to read the safeguarding policy carefully and to be aware of their role in these processes. All new staff will have the opportunity to discuss safeguarding requirements and this policy during their induction process.
Our designated lead for safeguarding is Danine Smith (Head of School) and the deputy safeguarding leads are Deputy Heads Vicky Linke and Alex Green.