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Safeguarding

Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm. Safeguarding is everybody's responsibility.

Designated Safeguarding Lead - Mrs Natalie Sweet, Head of School

If you have any concerns about a pupil please report these to Mrs Sweet in accordance with the safeguarding and whistleblowing policy.

 

Alternatively please email: welfare@locking.extendlearning.org

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads- Mrs Jo Stone and Mrs Rachel Keate - Learning Mentor

If you have any concerns about pupils, please share your concern in accordance with the safeguarding policy. 

Safeguarding Governor - Mrs Vikki Beamish - responsible for ensuring safeguarding practice in the school is effective. Mrs Beamish can be contacted by email - vikki.beamish@locking.extendlearning.org or by contacting the school office.

As a school we are part of ELAN and they also have a role in ensuring that we are effectively safeguarding children and families by nominating an ELAN Designated Safeguarding Lead, Adam Matthews. Please telephone Adam on 01934 313390. 

 

If you have any concerns about the behaviour of someone working or volunteering with children please contact the LADO – Local Authority Designated Officer via the Referral and Assessment Team.

 

Referral and Assessment Team  – Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)  Telephone: 01275 888808 or email lado@n-somerset.gov.uk

Our school is dedicated to looking after all our children the best we possibly can. We fully recognise our responsibility under section 175 of the Education Act 2002 to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and to work together with other agencies to ensure adequate arrangements within our school to identify, assess, and support those children who are suffering harm. 

 

Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.

Safeguarding means:

  • protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
  • preventing harm to children's health or development
  • ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
  • taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes

This runs alongside our work on health and safety and online safety

 

The school has a ELAN Safeguarding Policy 2020-2021 that is in line with recommendations from North Somerset Safeguarding Children Partnership (NSSCP) and updates from Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020. The policy is reviewed annually by governors and is a working document that reflects our practice. Parents/carers can request a paper copy from the office.

 

Safeguarding children and child protection guidance and legislation applies to all children up to the age of 18.

As part of ELAN we ensure that all of our staff undergo Enhanced DBS checks regarding their suitability to work with children prior to commencing employment.  This is supplemented by annual mandatory safeguarding training to ensure that we are ALL compliant with safeguarding updates, policies and procedures. We are part of a wider safeguarding trust network which we attend regularly. Any changes to procedures or information gained from networks or changes in legislation is then disseminated to all staff by the safeguarding team as and when required.

 

During COVID19 Lockdown we have created additional visitor information to ensure we remain COVID safe and secure. Safeguarding is everybody's responsibility. If you are visiting our school, please make yourself aware of our policy and procedures prior to visiting us. Thank you. 

 

In addition to our existing safeguarding policy we have also published additional information about safeguarding during the Coronavirus outbreak. This addendum to our policy can be found below.

Keeping Children Safe in Education

 

Please see below the statutory guidance from the Department for Education (re-published September 2021).  It is imperative that all staff (including volunteers) read Part 1 and Appendix A of this guidance and sign that they have done so (a register exists to determine this).  Schools must have regard to the guidance when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.  This document contains information on what schools should do and sets out the legal duties with which schools must comply. 

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