Safeguarding Statement & Policy
Designated Safeguard Lead - Liz Astley (Headteacher)
Additional Safeguard Leads - Amanda Benians & Carole Powell
Nominated Governor - Simon Worland
At The Stoke Poges School, the health, safety and well-being of every child is our paramount concern. We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. Our aim is for children to enjoy their time as pupils in this school. We want to work in partnership with parents to help pupils stay safe, achieve their full potential and make a positive contribution.
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.
In accordance with our responsibilities under section 175/157 of the Education Act 2002, we have a Designated Safeguard Lead for Child Protection, Liz Astley, and Additional Safeguard Leads for Child Protection, Amanda Benians and Carole Powell, who have received appropriate training for their roles. It is their responsibility to ensure that all staff in contact with children receive child protection awareness training on a regular basis. They are supported by Simon Worland, who is the designated child protection governor.
There are occasions when our 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 of a crime to be lost.
The Local Safeguarding Children’s Board has laid down the procedure, which we follow, and the school has adopted a Child Protection Policy in line with this for the safety of all. Our policy complies with the Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2018).
If you want to know more about our procedures, please speak to Liz Astley, the Designated Safeguard Lead for Child Protection.
If you are concerned about the safety of a child, you can email the DSL on firstname.lastname@example.org or you can contact the Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board on http://www.bucks-lscb.org.uk/concerned-about-child/
The school’s policy can be found below.