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Safeguarding statement for parents

Designated Safeguard Lead – Liz Astley (Headteacher)

Additional Safeguard Lead – Amanda Benians (Deputy Headteacher)

Nominated Governor – Ed Bramley-Harker (Chair of Governors)

At The Stoke Poges School the health, safety and well-being of every child is our top priority.  We expect all staff, governors and volunteers to share this commitment to safeguard our pupils.

We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us.  All school staff are trained in Child Protection, and children are made aware of the adults they can talk to if they have any concerns.  Staff are trained to look out for signs of physical/emotional harm or neglect and are required to report these to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).

All policies will be reviewed on an annual basis by the Governing Board, which has responsibility for oversight of school safeguarding and child protection systems.  The Headteacher will report regularly on safeguarding activity and systems in school to them.  The Governing Board will not receive details of individual pupil situations or identifying features of families as part of their oversight responsibility.

To promote a safe environment for pupils, our selection and recruitment policy includes all checks on staff and regular volunteers’ suitability, including checks with the Disclosure and Barring Services, as recommended by Buckinghamshire County Council in line with current legislation.

In accordance with our responsibilities under section 175/157 of the Education Act 2002, and “Keeping Children Safe in Education” Sept 2022, we have a Designated Safeguard Lead, Liz Astley and Additional Safeguarding Lead, Amanda Benians, who have received appropriate training for their roles.  It is their responsibility to ensure all staff in contact with children receives child protection awareness training on a regular basis.  They are supported by Ed Bramley-Harker, who is the designated child protection governor.

There are occasions when concern about a child may mean that we have to consult other agencies.  Whilst we would always aim to work in partnership with parents, there may be exceptions to this when concerns are raised for the protection of a child.

On very rare occasions Social Care, whilst undertaking an investigation under S47 of the Children Act 1989, may want to speak to a child without parents’ knowledge.  This would be a decision made in collaboration with partner agencies and would only be done in situations where a child might be at immediate risk.  To gain consent at this point may increase the level of risk to the child or cause evidence of a crime to be lost.

The procedures, which we follow, have been laid down by the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board, and the school has adopted a Child Protection Policy in line with this for the safety of all. If you want to know more about our procedures, please speak to the Headteacher, Liz Astley.