At College Hall keeping our pupils safe is paramount. We believe all pupils at our school have the right to feel safe and secure and know that they are part of a supportive family community. We all work together to create a happy healthy, safe and caring environment in which learning can take place with enjoyment. We all have the responsibility to make sure this happens.
We will ensure that:
- The safety and welfare of every pupil is a priority.
- All pupils whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin beliefs and/or sexual identity have the right to be protected from harm.
- All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
- All staff and volunteers working at our school have a responsibility to report concerns to the designated leads for Safeguarding: Marion Bent and Anita Spires.
Areas of Safeguarding
Our safeguarding policies cover all areas of school life and include:
- Staff and Visitors – ensuring they are vetted, informed and trained.
- Pupil’s Behaviour – promoting safer behaviours and lifestyles.
- Parents and Carers – promoting links and supporting families.
- Premises – keeping them safe, pleasant and fit for purpose.
- Curriculum – providing positive learning experiences.
Members of Staff Responsible
All staff are responsible for ensuring that each child remains safe, however the Designated Leads for Safeguarding are Jemma Holmes and Marion Bent. The Designated Safeguarding member of the Management Committee is Peter Rawling.
We follow strict procedures to ensure that everyone who works with our pupils is vetted, keeping our pupils as safe as possible. Regular checks are made in line with current policy.
- Staff are trained in child protection issues and they are aware of the procedures to follow.
- Staff are encouraged to be vigilant in order to maintain the safety of our children.
- All Staff and Volunteers are given a copy of Safeguarding Procedures. and are directed to the document ‘Keeping children safe in education 2015’’
Child Safeguarding Policy
All staff have an up-to-date understanding of safeguarding issues and are able to implement the Child safeguarding policy and procedure appropriately. Policies are in line with current guidance and procedures.
Staff are able to respond appropriately to any:
- significant changes in pupil’s behaviour
- deterioration in their general well-being
- unexplained bruising, marks or signs of possible abuse;
- signs of neglect
- comments pupils make which give cause for concern
All staff are aware of the need to maintain privacy and confidentiality
We have an obligation to obtain necessary information from parents and carers in advance of a pupil being admitted to school, including:
- emergency contact numbers
- the pupil’s special dietary requirements, preferences or food allergies the pupil may have
- the pupil’s special health requirements
- information about who has legal contact with the pupil; and who has parental responsibility for the pupil.
Written parental permission is requested, at the time of the pupil’s admission to the provision, to the seeking of any necessary emergency medical advice or treatment in the future.
PARENTS AND CARERS MUST TELL US OF ANY CHANGES TO THESE DETAILS.
We take confidentiality very seriously. Any information which we hold is treated as confidential and shared on a ‘need-to-know’ basis.
Links with External Agencies
Because our first concern must be the well-being of your child, there may be occasions when we have to consult other agencies before we contact you. The procedures we have to follow have been laid down in accordance with the local authority child protection procedures.
We are fortunate to be supported by a range of external agencies which can be called upon to support the work we do in school. These include Education Welfare, Educational Psychology, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Youth Offending Service, Drug and Alcohol Action Team, Children’s Social Care, Family Intervention Team, Thames Valley Police, Special Educational Needs Team, Targeted Services.
Reporting Concerns or Complaints
Further to the above procedures, we have in place a complaints policy. This enables pupils, staff, parents and carers to report anything they feel is of concern.
Concerns should be raised in the following order.
- To the Tutor. Then, if there is no resolution;
- To the Head Teacher. then, if there is no resolution;
- To the Chair of the Management Committee. Then, if there is no resolution;
- To the Local Authority.
Contact details are available from the school reception.
Review of Policy and Practice
In order to ensure that best practice is maintained, our policies are reviewed regularly to incorporate the latest statutory guidance.
If you wold like more information on safeguarding, please contact the school for all our policies or view our policies section on our website.