Safeguarding


As a school, we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our pupils. We recognise that everyone who comes into contact with children has a duty to safeguard and promote children’s welfare.   

We ensure that all appropriate measures are applied in relation to everyone who works in the school who is likely to be perceived by the children as a safe and trustworthy adult, including governors and volunteers. All members of staff therefore, whether paid or voluntary, are required to have an enhanced DBS check and arenot allowed to start work at the school until this check has been completed.  

The school shares a purpose with parents to educate, keep children safe from harm and have their welfare promoted. We are committed to working with parents positively, openly and honestly. We always encourage parents to discuss any concerns they may have with the school as soon as possible.

The young people have a good understanding of how to stay safe and this is supported by evidence from the annual pupils' questionnaires where they state that they know what to do if they feel threatened, bullied or unsafe.

We have a school nurse on site who helps to look after all pupils but particularly those with high healthcare needs.
 
If you are concerned about the suitability of a TV show or a game for your child then 'common sense media' is a very good website that provides an overview of all media types, with a suitability rating, including 'positive messages', 'violence' and 'language' can be found at:-  .commonsensemedia.org. Other websites that offer similar services are the British Board of Film Classification (or the BBFC), The Parent Zone, Childnet International and ThinkuKnow.
 
To support the prevention of children having access to a range of materials and sources of information that can lead them to be vulnerable and at risk we encourage the use of ‘Digital Parenting’ (https://parentzone.org.uk/order-your-free-vodafone-digital-parenting-magazine) who have developed a suggested timeline detailing the ages that they suggest children access technology.  The document can be downloaded here.
Pupils have opportunities to develop an understanding for internet safety – including cyber bullying - during Computing and PSHE sessions.  Sessions on internet safety have been provided for parents.

Log books are maintained to record racist and bullying incidents and we report the number of incidents annually to the local authority. (To date there have been no recorded bullying or racist incidents)
If you are concerned about the content that your children are accessing online then there are a number of agencies that can support. ‘Digital Parenting’ (copies can be ordered from here) have a list of ways to report a concern from Facebook and YouTube to Google and Xbox Live. There is also advice on reporting these concerns to the police and other authorities. The document can be downloaded here.

Keeping children safe is of paramount importance and therefore we keep information on all staff on the Single Central Register. All staff are vetted against safer recruitment checks.   All staff are given Level 1 and 2 Safeguarding training.

To stay up to date with the Department for Education policy we have also been informed of the Multi-Agency Practice Guidelines on Female Genital Mutilation. The guidance can be found here. To remain aware of the risks of radicalisation the school have also delivered training using the 'prevent strategy'. This documentation can be read here. As well as leaflets and other important web links for other safeguarding websites.