Christchurch Junior School recognises that the welfare of the child is paramount and takes seriously its responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of the children and young people in its care.
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
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.
The school utilises the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to undertake criminal record checks.
The School Staffing (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2006 make it mandatory for enhanced criminal record check to be obtained for all newly appointed school staff.
Parents 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.