Safeguarding: Our Commitment

We take safeguarding extremely seriously and our staff will do everything they can to keep students safe and protect them from harm. We acknowledge that safeguarding is the most important part of everyone’s job and therefore everyone’s responsibility. All of our staff are trained to be vigilant and aware of the signs of safety and indicators of abuse. The viewpoints and voice of students is of paramount importance to our School and we will always listen to students’ wishes, thoughts and feelings, as well as identifying and supporting their needs. We work alongside students to develop trusting, consistent and professional relationships. We advocate early help processes and, where possible, we identify any difficulties or concerns early in order to act preventatively. We always provide support and advice for families and parents/carers, whilst acting in the best interests of the student at all times. Safeguarding also includes ensuring we follow safe working practices and provide a secure learning environment for our students, visitors and staff.

Our commitment to safeguarding is to:

  • Maintain a secure site and ensuring that all visitors are recorded and monitored.
  • Ensure that safer recruitment practices are followed to prevent those who pose a risk to children gaining access to our students.
  • Ensure that all students understand the importance of e-Safety both at school and at home.
  • Filtering and monitoring all internet traffic into the School to ensure that students cannot be exposed to harmful material and communication.
  • Ensuring that all staff employed by the School have received Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance which is recorded in the Single Central Record.
  • Provide regular child protection training and briefings for all staff and ensure visitors know our Designated Safeguarding Leads.  Please see the Contacts button.
  • Ensure that admission and attendance procedures are robust to protect students.
  • Empower young people to identify risks both within the School, in their wider community and indeed the world; ensuring that they have the skills and confidence to protect themselves and others.
  • Make sure that all students understand the importance of disclosing concerns about themselves and peers, and giving them the confidence to discuss sensitive issues.
  • Provide guidance and support to ensure that all students have access to help and advice, and, when needed, referrals for additional agency support to meet their needs.
  • Share information with other agencies and services to ensure that students and their families have support to meet their needs and prevent students from harm.
  • Take immediate action, contacting the appropriate agencies when we believe that a student is in danger or is at risk of harm.

Key Terms:

Radicalisation:

The process by which a person comes to support terrorism, or forms of extremism that supports terrorism.

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM):

All procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other deliberate injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE):

Being forced, threatened, manipulated, coerced or blackmailed into doing things of a sexual nature that you do not want to do.

Extreme Right- Wing Awareness:

Use of extreme right-wing symbols, numbers and acronyms.

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