‘The school ensures children learn in a safe, caring and enriching environment. Children are taught how to keep themselves safe, on and off line, to develop positive and healthy relationships and how to avoid situations where they might be at risk including by being exploited.
The school has a statutory responsibility to share any concerns it might have about a child in need of protection with other agencies and in particular police, health and children’s services. Schools are not able to investigate concerns but have a legal duty to refer them. In most instances, the school will be able to inform the parents/carer of its need to make a referral. However, sometimes the school is advised by Children’s Social Care or police that the parent/carer cannot be informed whilst they investigate the matter. We understand the anxiety parents/carers understandably feel when they are not told about any concerns from the outset. The school follows legislation that aims to act in the best interests of the child.
We have three members of staff trained in child protection; each is known as a Designated Senior Person or DSP. These are Richard Stone, Emma Tuffey and Mel Lockton. Our Family Support Worker, Edwina Osbourne, is also trained as a DSP.These staff members receive training in leading child protection every two years. All other staff receive refresher training every year.
The school has adopted an on-line reporting system called CPOMS which allows members of staff to record information in a central repository and have relevant people alerted immediately. Senior leaders are able to build a chronology around a student and can produce reports for in school use, reporting to governors, case conferences and core group meetings.