SAFEGUARDING AND CHILD PROTECTION
Shipbourne School is a community and all those directly connected (staff, governors, parents, families and pupils) have an essential role to play in making it safe and secure. We recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children, with their best interests at the centre of our work. We understand the importance of providing an ethos and environment within school that will help children to feel safe, secure and respected; encourage them to talk openly; and enable them to feel confident that they will be listened to. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect, and follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice.
All staff have a responsibility to recognise vulnerability in children and act on any concern in accordance with this guidance. In school, we will always have at least two fully trained Designated Safeguarding Leads who will consult with local children’s services when necessary. We will always endeavour to share our concerns with parents so that we can work together to ensure all children receive the very best of care so that they fulfil their potential safely and securely.
OUR SCHOOL CORE SAFEGUARDING PRINCIPLES:
- That schools are an important part of the wider safeguarding system for children;
- It is a whole school‘s responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children as its paramount concern;
- All children (defined as those up to the age of 18) regardless of age, gender, ability, culture, race, language, religion or sexual identity, have equal rights to protection;
- All children have a right to be heard and to have their wishes and feelings taken into account;
- All staff understand safe professional practice and adhere to our code of conduct and other associated policies
Designated Safeguarding Officers – Terri Daters (Headteacher) or Alison Holmes (Senior Teacher)
Safeguarding Governor – Nichola Gardiner