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Safeguarding Statement

The Designated Safeguarding Lead and Domestic Abuse Champion is: Stephen Passey   (Headteacher)

The Designated Safeguarding Officers are: Stephen Passey (Headteacher), Sue Woodward (Deputy) and Debbie Ball (Deputy)

The Safeguarding Governor is: Liz Elsom

The Department for Education (DfE) has published an updated version of its statutory guidance on safeguarding, Keeping Children Safe in Education, which is in force from 5 September 2019.

It includes a requirement that all school and college staff have a responsibility to provide a safe environment in which children can learn. They should also:

  • Be aware of systems within their school which support safeguarding and have these explained to them during induction. This includes the child protection and staff behaviour policies, and the role of the designated safeguarding lead (DSL)
  • Be aware of the early help process and be prepared to identify children who may benefit from early help
  • Be aware of the process for making referrals to social services
  • Be aware of the signs of abuse and neglect, and of what to do if a child makes a disclosure
  • Receive appropriate child protection training which is regularly updated
  • Always act in the best interests of the child

We recognise that through their day-to-day contact with children and direct work with families, staff at the school have a crucial role to play in noticing indicators of possible abuse or neglect and referring  to the appropriate agency.

We do this by

  • Ensuring we know where every child is each day. Please ring and let us know if your child is absent, Mel will ring if we are unsure.
  • Making sure we know the reasons for any bumps, bruises or comments from children.
  • Recording late arrival or collection to consider if different arrangements of more support is needed
  • Weekly Child Review Meetings to share information and ensure all necessary actions are taken

Your Key Person is available to ensure your child and family have appropriate support. Please inform them of any changes in your home or important events which you think may affect your child.

Safeguarding awareness is taught to children as part of  Family Links aspect of the curriculum and appropriate to ensure all pupils understand what is meant by safeguarding and how they can be safer.

Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board

Email: oscb@oxfordshire.gov.uk

Website: www.oscb.org.uk

OSCB Parents Page: http://www.oscb.org.uk/parents.html