We recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of students. We will endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued.
We will be alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and will follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice.
The information on this page will summarise how we meet our safeguarding and child-protection responsibilities, in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education (2020).
Mrs Binns our Headteacher is the designated safeguarding lead for our school, Deputy Headteacher, Mrs Jones, Mr Honeyman, Assistant Headteacher and Mrs Reekie, Business Manager are deputy officers. They attend training every two years to ensure that the school adheres to all school safeguarding procedures and policies.
Mr Gallagher is the school’s Safeguarding Governor.
If you have any questions about this information, you can contact any of the above staff on 01226 286510.
IF YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE SAFETY OR WELFARE OF YOUR CHILD, OR A CHILD YOU KNOW, YOU SHOULD ACT WITHOUT DELAY.
What we will do if we have a concern about your child:
If we are concerned that your child may be at risk of abuse or neglect, we must follow the agreed safeguarding procedures. The procedures have been written to protect all pupils. They comply with our statutory responsibilities and are designed to support pupils, families and staff. The procedures are based on the principle that the welfare of the child is the most important consideration.
In almost all circumstances, we will talk to you about our concerns and we will also tell you if we feel we must refer our concerns to Children’s Social Care. If we think that talking to you first might in some way increase the risk to your child, we will report our concerns to Children’s Social Care and take advice from them.
All child-protection records are kept separate from your child’s general school file. The only members of staff who have access to the records are those who need to know about the concerns in order to protect and support your child.
Child protection is a very sensitive issue and it raises many questions and a range of strong emotions. We will do everything we can do to support our students and you can be assured that any action we take will be in the best interests of your child.
Mrs Binns, and Mr Gallagher school governor are trained to ensure the school adheres to safer recruitment procedures when recruiting new staff.
All staff in school undertake safeguarding training which is renewed every three years.