Staff and Volunteer Safeguarding
Essential Safeguarding information and policies for adults working in school. All adults working in school need to be aware of the information on this page and must read all the policies contained within.
All adults have a duty of care towards the welfare of children and young people and are responsible for:
- Child Protection – including neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse / exploitation (including Female Genital Mutilation – FGM), emotional abuse or radicalisation.
- Health and Safety
- First Aid (first aiders are identified on site)
- General Well-being
- Site Security
If you witness a disclosure of information which raises concerns regarding children’s welfare or safety you should:
Report any such behaviours/incidents to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) for child protection whilst seeking help from management or contact the police without delay if such behaviours are criminal or dangerous.
If a child is at immediate risk of significant harm and you are unable to speak to the DSL or deputy DSL, you should refer directly to Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council First Contact Team at the South Tees Multi Agency Children’s Hub by calling 01642 130700 or during out of hours periods 01642 524552. There email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Please note that in our school the DSL and deputy DSL are always available and on call to speak with you if there is a safeguarding concern you wish to discuss.
Where a child discloses information you should:
- Always take what a child says seriously.
- Listen but do not investigate.
- Encourage the child to speak to their parents or carers (if you believe this would not put the child in danger).
- Report factually; recording the date and time and any concerns you may have. Record this on the CPOMS system as soon as possible. If you do not have access to CPOMS then use the school’s incident form available from the school office.
- Speak to the designated nominated person (see below) and they will take responsibility to inform the relevant agencies without delay.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) for Child Protection in our school is:
Mr. Martin Kitchen (Head Teacher)
The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL) for Child Protection in our school is:
Mrs Julie Norris (Deputy Head Teacher)
The Governor responsible for child protection in this school is:
Mrs Lesley Webster (Chair of Governors)
If you have any concerns about the head teachers conduct in respect of child protection, or feel that any concerns you have raised are not being appropriately dealt with by the head teacher, then you have a duty to contact this person to pass on the information. The contact details of Mrs Lesley Webster can be obtained from the school administration staff.
If you have any concerns about the safety or wellbeing of any child in this school, or children in the wider community, you have a duty to inform the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).
It is your duty to read and make yourself aware of the following policies
Health and Safety Policy
E- Safety Policy
Educational Visits Policy
JEB Medicine in School Policy
Behaviour and Discipline Policy
Site Security and Visitors Policy
Safe Recruitment Policy
This applies to anyone involved in recruiting or appointing any person to work in a paid or voluntary basis.
Signs of Safety Charter
As a school we are committed to working as closely as possible with other agencies to ensure the safety of the children in our care. As a school we have signed up to the Signs of Safety Charter which is our pledge to work in a joined up collaborative way with other relevant agencies.
Please see the charter and other supporting documents by clicking on the links below: