Safeguarding & Child Protection
Ensuring the children in our care are safe is our primary concern as a school. To support this aim we have a number of policies that underpin and inform our work as a school. Relevant policies can be found by following this link.
Within school we undertake risk assessments for the different activities on site and for any trips the children take part in. These risk assessments are completed by the leader of these activities.
All staff and parent volunteers supporting in the school receive safeguarding training and the school undertakes a DBS check for every adult working or helping in school. Volunteers are asked to read our Safer Working Practice Guidance each year, and staff have training each half-term on safeguarding and child protection.
If any adult has concerns about a child's well-being, they must report it to the Designated Safeguarding Lead for Child Protection - Deputy Headteacher - Clare Collins. If she is unavailable then you may speak to David Tow (Headteacher), Sarah Granger (Deputy Headteacher), or Catherine Bourne (SENCO) who deputises for her.
Why might you become involved:
- You may see an injury on a child that can't be explained
- A child may tell you about something that is happening to him or her
- You may notice a significant unexplained change in a child's performance at school or in their behaviour
If you have any concerns please speak to Mrs Collins.
The Prevent duty is the duty in the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 on specified authorities, in the exercise of their functions, to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.
Protecting children from the risk of radicalisation is part of our wider safeguarding duties, and is similar in nature to protecting children from other harms (e.g. drugs, gangs, neglect, sexual exploitation).
Vale School can also build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values and enabling them to challenge extremist views. It is important to emphasise that in delivering our Prevent duty it is not intended to stop pupils debating controversial issues. On the contrary, as a school we shall provide a safe space in which pupils and staff can understand the risks associated with terrorism and develop the knowledge and skills to be able to challenge extremist arguments.