We recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all students and take this very seriously.
We endeavor to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued. As a staff team we are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that children receive early and effective support, protection and justice. While working in our school we expect you to take care of our students and follow our procedures.
Key facts about child abuse
Abuse and neglect can happen to any child, boy or girl, of any race, culture, ethnicity or sexuality. Disabled children and children with SEN are particularly vulnerable.
Many children are unable to disclose what is happening to them and rely on us to interpret their behaviour and spot signs of abuse.
A student may:
- have a bruise, burn or injury that seems suspicious
- show signs of pain or discomfort
- be unnaturally passive or withdrawn
- be unpredictable and challenging
- seem anxious, fearful or distressed
- provide an unlikely explanation for their injury or their behaviour.
If you are concerned for a child’s health, welfare or safety in any way you must speak to one of the following people before you leave site.
Mr Richard Clark Miss Tracey Renshaw Mr Ian Oake
Headteacher Family Link Specialist Deputy Headteacher
Designated Safeguarding Officer Deputy Designated Safeguarding Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer Officer
Do not question the student or try to secure evidence.
Your responsibility is to report your concern, not to investigate:
- If a student tells you something that suggests they are at risk of harm, allow them to tell you as much as they wish and let them know that you must pass the information on to the CPO or DCPO
- If you become concerned about a student’s immediate safety, notify the nearest member of staff and tell them why you are concerned.
- You should complete a written record of any concerns and hand it to one of the above people or a senior member of staff before you leave the school site. Ask a senior member of staff if you would like help to complete this
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.
Our Child Protection Policy is available in our polices section of this website or we would be happy to provide you with a copy on request.