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: Mr Simon Adorian (Headteacher)
Mr Ben Croton (Deputy Headteacher)
Mrs Jenny Cowling (Pastoral Care Worker)
Mrs Janine Patenotte (Welfare Assistant)
Child Protection Governor: Mrs Lesley-Anne Randall-Turner
Please phone us on 01202 485579 with any concerns and ask to speak to the Designated Safeguarding Lead, Mr Simon Adorian, about a safeguarding matter. If he is unavailable, you will be directed to one of our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads.
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 the BCP Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 01202 735046 or email MASH@bcpcouncil.gov.uk. Out of office hours, please contact the Out of Hours Service on 01202 738256.
For all emergency situations please call 999 and ask for the police.
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.
Click here to read the summary of our Child Protection procedures. All visitors and volunteers are expected to sign that they have read this before entering the school building.
If there is an allegation of abuse about a member of staff, please contact our Headteacher, Mr Simon Adorian on 01202 485579.
If you wish to contact one of our governors, please send your email to the Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you still have an unresolved issue and are concerned about the welfare of a student then please contact the Chair of Trustees at email@example.com.
Keeping Children Safe in Education is statutory guidance that schools and colleges in England must have regard to when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Click here to read the Keeping Children Safe in Education Guidance document.