Safeguarding and Child Protection

Keeping Children Safe is Everyone’s Responsibility

 

Our school community has a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children who are our pupils.  This means that we have Safeguarding and Child Protection policies and procedures in place, which we refer to in our prospectus.  All staff, including our volunteers and supply staff, must ensure that they are aware of our procedures. 

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare.  We will always ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with their parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that this is not in the child’s best interests or a child is at significant risk or in immediate danger.

Safeguarding is not just about protecting children from deliberate harm.  It relates to aspects of school life including:

  • pupils’ health and safety
  • the use of reasonable force
  • meeting the needs of pupils with medical conditions
  • providing first aid
  • educational visits
  • intimate care
  • internet/online or e-safety
  • behaviour
  • bullying 
  • other harassment and discrimination, including racism
  • appropriate arrangements to ensure school security, taking into account the local context
  •  recruitment and vetting of staff and visitors to the school site
  • physical security of the school site

 

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is: Mrs Claire Lee (Headteacher).

The Deputy Headteacher – Mrs Cathy Isaac – should be contacted in her absence

or Mrs Anna Greenwood (Assistant Headteacher).

The named governor with responsibility for Child Protection is Mrs Alison Oldham, contactable on aoldham@burleyoaks.co.uk 

 

If you have concerns about a child, these are the numbers that you can ring for advice and/or to make a referral:

  • During office hours (8.30am – 5pm Monday to Thursday, 4.30pm on Friday) call Children’s Social Services Initial Contact Point on 01274 437500
  • At all other times, Social Services Emergency Duty Team on 01274 431010

If you have a safeguarding concern about an adult in school, please contact the Headteacher.  If you have a safeguarding concern about the Headteacher, please contact Miss Christine Smith (Chair of Governors) at: csmith@burleyoaks.co.uk 

NSPCC Guide to leaving your child home alone. 

Please click here to access the guide as this is a common query parents have. 

Policies relating to Safeguarding and Child Protection can be read here.