Safeguarding is a priority at St Edward’s School. We are committed to effectively promote the safety and well-being of young people and protecting all vulnerable individuals in our care from any form of abuse.
We adhere to guidance outlined in Keeping Children Safe in Education September 2021. Safeguarding themes are well understood across our school and we are particularly mindful of issues around:
Children missing from care or education
Bullying and cyber-bullying and the misuse of social media
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
AND SAFE ENVIRONMENT
Designated Safeguarding Lead:
Karen Thorne (Head of Pastoral Care)
Nominated Governor for Safeguarding:
Michael Tennant (Chairman of the Board)
The school has a dedicated email address for safeguarding concerns: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Please note the account is monitored during term-time only.)
Child Protection Policy
Safeguarding is effective. Staff are collectively committed to supporting pupils and providing effectively for their needs. Consequently, pupils feel safe and extremely well cared for.
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"A truly whole-school approach ensures that pupils’ learning and development are top priorities for all who care for them. The staff are attuned to the individual needs of the pupils. They are intuitive and nurturing in their approach. Consequently, pupils develop trusting relationships with an experienced and well-established team of staff."
YOUNG PEOPLE SAFE
We invest in robust policies, processes and structures, ensuring all our young people are safe and have a high quality network of support.
All adults who work with our young people undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prior to appointment.
We restrict unsupervised contact with children and young people only to those who have been correctly vetted and suitably trained.
A COMMITMENT TO
We strive to maintain a transparent and open culture where everyone feels safe and able to share concerns. We firmly believe that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. To ensure the best possible provisions and outcomes in relation to safeguarding:
Safeguarding is represented at a senior level.
We work in partnership with key local and national agencies involved in safeguarding.
A safeguarding e-learning module is included in St Edward’s mandatory training programme, provided to everyone working in our school. All site based staff also complete mandatory face-to-face training in safeguarding which is regularly refreshed.
All recruitment into school follows robust procedures, developed in line with safeguarding requirements and recommendations.
Robust Governance and monitoring processes ensure that policy is appropriately applied, and that practice is regularly evaluated.
"FEELING SAFE AT ST EDWARD'S SCHOOL"
Concerns relating to safeguarding are always listened to and taken seriously. In accordance with our safeguarding policy all staff, volunteers and visitors to our school are expected to immediately report any safety and safeguarding concerns about any child or young person.
Safeguarding policies for our school can be found in the 'About' section on the school's policies page.
Reports can be made 24/7 through the online reporting forms and helpline practitioners will review and respond to reports within 72 hours between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday.
Hampshire Safeguarding Children Partnership (HSCP) is a statutory body that leads on keeping children safe and ensuring their wellbeing in the local authority (LA) area of Hampshire. The Partnership includes local agencies who work together to make sure that child protection services in Hampshire are effective and keep our children safe.