Our school is dedicated to looking after all our children the best we possibly can. Safeguarding covers children’s physical, social and emotional well-being and runs alongside our work on health and safety and online safety.
Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm. Safeguarding is everybody's responsibility. If you are visiting our school, please click here to make yourself aware of our policy and procedures prior to visiting us. Thank you.
- protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
- preventing harm to children's health or development
- ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
- taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes.
Part of our responsibility in this area is to work with outside agencies such as Social Care, Childrens Centres, Health Services, the Police and Family Wellbeing Team to make sure all pupils are kept safe. This means that at times we are obliged to pass on concerns or information to these agencies. The school will always do this in consultation with parents except in circumstances where a child is at risk. To do this effectively we have one person in the school who co-ordinates this work, this person is known as the Designated Safeguarding Lead. They are supported by a teacher in school who focuses on children who are looked after and is also monitored by the Chair of Governors.
Safeguarding information for parents
As a school we are part of ELAN and they also have a role in ensuring that we are effectively safeguarding children and families by nominating an ELAN Designated Safeguarding Lead.
I have a safeguarding concern or question. Who do I contact?
Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL): Fiona Bennett
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: Marie Berry
Designated Teacher for Safeguarding: Amy Corlett
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: Helen Wright
Designated Governor for Safeguarding: Mark Beamish
ELAN Designated Safeguarding Lead: Adam Matthews
Any concerns about children’s welfare or wellbeing should be discussed with Fiona or Amy as soon as possible. If Fiona or Amy are not available please speak to other members of the safguarding team Marie Berry, Helen Wright
If you have a safeguarding query you can also email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any concerns about the behaviour of someone working or volunteering with children please contact the LADO – Local Authority Designated Officer via the Referral and Assessment Team.
Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) Telephone: 01275 888808 or email email@example.com
Safeguarding children and child protection guidance and legislation applies to all children up to the age of 18.
As part of ELAN we ensure that all of our staff undergo Enhanced DBS checks regarding their suitability to work with children prior to commencing employment. This is supplemented by annual mandatory safeguarding training to ensure that we are ALL compliant with safeguarding updates, policies and procedures. We are part of a wider safeguarding trust network which we attend regularly. Any changes to procedures or information gained from networks or changes in legislation is then disseminated to all staff by the safeguarding team as and when required.
All staff adhere to the ELAN Safeguarding Policy which is developed in line with recommendations from North Somerset Safeguarding Children Partnership (NSSCP) and Keeping children safe in education (KCSIE). The policy is reviewed annually by Extend Learning Academies Network (ELAN) and governors and is a working document that reflects our practice. Parents/carers can request a paper copy from the office.