SAFEGUARDING

At St John's C of E Primary School, we are actively committed to providing a safe and secure environment for children, staff and visitors and promoting a climate where children and adults will feel confident about sharing any concerns which they may have about their own safety or the well-being of others.

 

 

We aim to safeguard and promote the welfare of children by protecting them 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.

 

 

 

RESPONSIBILITIES AND IMMEDIATE ACTION

 

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in our school is the responsibility of the whole school community. All staff and Governors play an essential role in protecting children.  

All adults working in this School (including visiting staff, volunteers and students on placement) are required to report instances of actual or suspected child abuse or neglect to the Designated Safeguarding Lead who is a member of the school’s leadership team. They can be contacted through the concern button and form on our website at any time, or in school hours by telephone or in person.

 

 

The Designated Safeguarding Lead is: Mrs Jacky Fyson

 

The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are: Mrs Katie Fletcher and Faye Howitt

 

Nominated Safeguarding Director (MAT) Amanda Johnston. Click here for the GST safeguarding page

 

Designated teacher for looked after children: Katie Fletcher

 

Designated Safeguarding Governor: Mrs Jane Edwards

 

 

The Designated Safeguarding Leads are responsible for: 

 

  • Creating safe environments for children through robust safeguarding practices

  • Ensuring that adults who work in the school, including volunteers, don’t pose a risk to children

  • Supporting staff in teaching children about staying safe, promoting wellbeing

  • Maintaining an environment where children feel confident to approach any member of staff if they have a worry or problem.

  • Ensuring all staff understand the symptoms of child abuse and neglect

  • Ensuring that staff receive regular training on child protection and safeguarding

  • Making sure all staff are aware how to raise safeguarding concerns

  • Referring any concerns to social care and work with external agencies

  • Monitoring children who are the subject of child protection plans

  • Maintaining accurate and secure child protection records

 

If a child is in immediate danger or is at risk of harm, a referral will be made to Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 0300 4709100 and/or the police immediately.

 

 

The Designated Safeguarding Leads are clear about their role, have sufficient time and receive relevant support and training, to undertake their roles, which includes working with the Good Shepherd Trust Designated Safeguarding Lead, close contact with outside agencies, including Social Care, the Surrey County Council Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) and relevant health care organisations.

 

The actions that we take to prevent harm; to promote wellbeing; to create safe environments; to educate on respect; to respond to specific issues and vulnerabilities all form part of the safeguarding responsibilities of the school. As a school we follow and adopt the Good Shepherd Trust suite of Safeguarding and Child Protection Policies,  Governors are proactive in adapting these policies and other government guidance for our school and monitoring safeguarding. 

 

Keeping our children safe is a duty that falls upon all of us so we hope that you will join us in this task. If you are concerned about a child’s welfare, please record your concern, and any observations or conversation heard, and report to one of the Designated Safeguarding Leads as soon as possible on the same day.

 

If your concerns relate to the actions or behaviour of a member of staff (which could suggest that he/she is unsuitable to work with children) then you should report this to the Head teacher in confidence. If the concern relates to the Head teacher you contact the Director of the Trust Board Diane Gwilliams or the Local Authority Designated Officers, LADO, on 0300 123 1650 , who will consider what action to take. Remember you may hold the final piece of information that could save a child!

 

 

THE ROLE OF THE LOCAL GOVERNING COMMITTEE

 

The Local Governing Committee(LGC) will ensure that they comply with their duties under legislation and that the policies, procedures and training in the school are effective and comply with the law at all times. The LGC are expected to receive appropriate training on safeguarding at induction that is updated regularly. In addition, they should receive information (for example, via emails, e-bulletins and newsletters) on safeguarding and child protection at least annually so that they can demonstrate knowledge of their responsibilities relating to the protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

 

The LGC will ensure that the school contributes to inter-agency working in line with statutory guidance “Working Together to Safeguard Children” and that the school’s safeguarding arrangements take into account the procedures and practice of the local authority as part of the inter-agency safeguarding procedures set up by the Surrey Safeguarding Children Board (SSCB).

The LGC has formally adopted this policy and will review its contents annually or sooner if any legislative or regulatory changes are notified to it by the designated governor or the headteacher.

The LGC has nominated Mrs Jane Edwards as a lead to take leadership responsibility for the school’s safeguarding arrangements.​

 

As a good practice, the headteacher will provide termly report to the LGC outlining details of any safeguarding issues that have arisen during the term and the outcome of any cases identified. These reports will respect all issues of confidentiality and will not therefore identify any person(s) by name.

Also as a good practice, the nominated governor will meet on a regular basis with the DSL to monitor the school’s safeguarding arrangements and both the volume and progress of cases where a concern has been raised to ensure that the school is meeting its duties in respect of safeguarding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Links

The academy’s policies in relation to behaviour, anti-bullying (if separate to the behaviour policy), charging, complaints, single equalities(including equalities objectives which must be reviewed at least every 4 years), exclusion, child protection 2018, safeguarding 2018, protected disclosures (whistleblowing) 2018 and special educational needs (SEN) and disability provision and a link to the Trust policy page  https://www.cofeguildford.org.uk/education/the-good-shepherd-trust/about/statutory-policies 

 

 

​DfE website regarding the behaviour policy: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/behaviour-and-discipline-in-schools

Links

The academy’s policies in relation to behaviour, anti-bullying (if separate to the behaviour policy), charging, complaints, single equalities(including equalities objectives which must be reviewed at least every 4 years), exclusion, child protection 2018, safeguarding 2018, protected disclosures (whistleblowing) 2018 and special educational needs (SEN) and disability provision and a link to the Trust policy page  https://www.cofeguildford.org.uk/education/the-good-shepherd-trust/about/statutory-policies 

DfE website regarding the behaviour policy: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/behaviour-and-discipline-in-schools  

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