Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

Safeguarding

Definition of ‘safeguarding’

Keeping Children Safe in Education, DfE, 2016, defines safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children as:

‘Protecting children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes’. Children includes every one under the age of 18.

Safeguarding and Child Protection within John Spence Community High School

Everyone who comes into contact with students and their families has a role to play in safeguarding. School staff are particularly important as they are in a position to identify concerns early and provide help for students, to prevent concerns from escalating. Schools and their staff form part of the wider safeguarding system for children, working with social care, the police and health services both to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.

Safeguarding students permeates all aspects of our work as a school. Accordingly this policy links with many other related policies in school:

  • Behaviour policy
  • Anti-bullying policy
  • Health and Safety policies
  • Medication in School/First Aid policies
  • Safer Recruitment Policy
  • Staff Code of Conduct
  • Whistle Blowing Policy
  • School Visits including risk-assessments
  • ICT/e-safety
  • SEN/LAC
  • Equal Opportunities

All staff are responsible for ensuring that each student remains safe, however the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (DDSL) are as follows:

Designated Safeguarding Lead:

Simon Roberts (Assistant Headteacher)

Designated Deputy Safeguarding Leads:

Helen Blair (Associate Assistant Head)

Leanne Brown (Head of Year)

Kirsty Wyllie (Head of Year)

All other staff and governors have been trained in Level 1 safeguarding and child protection and this is renewed on a 3 year cycle.  Staff also receive annual safeguarding update training, which includes the Prevent Duty as well as any relevant updates throughout the year.

Procedure

  • If a concern is raised regarding a student the DSL/DDSL is informed immediately.  Any decision regarding the next step is then made and recorded.
  • If a concern is raised regarding a member of staff the Headteacher is notified.
  • If a concern is raised regarding the Headteacher the Chair of Governors is notified.
  • All of these concerns are taken very seriously and correct procedures are followed as stated in our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy.

Further Information

If you would like further information on Child Protection and Safeguarding please use the following link:

Visitors to John Spence Community High School

All visitors are expected to sign in using the visitors’ iPad and will be given a badge to identify them as a ‘visitor’.

Visitors are asked to read the visitors information, which is displayed on the TV screen in main reception. Regular visitors are provided with a leaflet to ensure they follow school protocol.

Recruitment at John Spence Community High School

The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of students and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Any offer of employment is subject to receipt of a satisfactory DBS Enhanced Disclosure and a minimum of two satisfactory references.

We follow strict procedures to ensure that everyone who works with our students is vetted, keeping our students as safe as possible.  Ongoing checks and ‘whistle blowing’ are in line with the current policy.

Two members of the Senior Leadership Team and a Governor have completed Safer Recruitment Training.

All DBS checks are renewed on a continuous cycle.

Please refer to our Recruitment Policy for further information.