In our school, the 3 designated lead staff for any Child Protection issues are: Val Matthews, Hen Lloyd-Kitchen and Nerys Meyer. Our Governor with responsibility for Child Protection issues is Janet Thomas.
The school aims to help parents understand that we, like others, have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of all pupils. The school may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child.
The school recognises the important responsibility for Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of Children. This applies to the whole of the school's workforce, along with volunteers, governors and any contractors working on the school site. In staff recruitment and selection we ensure that all staff have been appropriately checked for their suitability to work with the children in our school.
We also ensure we:
- Raise awareness of safeguarding issues where relevant and equip children with the skills needed to keep them safe.
- Develop and implement procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases, of abuse.
- Support pupils.
- Establish a safe environment free from discrimination or bullying, where children can learn and grow happily.
Because of their day-to-day contact with children, school staff are ideally placed to observe the outward signs of abuse.
So, school staff will:
- Report inappropriate behaviour / activities to designated staff.
- Establish and maintain an environment where children feel secure, are encouraged to talk and are listened to.
- Ensure that children know that they can approach any adult in school if they are worried and they will receive a consistent, supportive response.
- Provide, within the PSHE curriculum, opportunities for children to develop the skills they need to stay safe.
A copy of the Child Protection Policy can be found on our Policies and Resources page