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Safeguarding

Key Staff

Safeguarding RoleNameContact Details
Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)Aaron Cosgrovelowerschool@cvms.co.uk
Deputy Designated Safeguarding LeadCaroline Whelanupperschool@cvms.co.uk
Designated Director with responsibility for SafeguardingAnna McNultyVia the Clerk to the Directors
NichollsJ@cvms.co.uk

Please feel free to raise any concerns directly with the named individuals at the School via the main switchboard: 0207 603 8478. If a member of staff is unavailable to speak to you at the time, please leave a contact number on which you may be reached.

Introduction

The issue of safeguarding our young people is one which the School has always taken extremely seriously. Indeed, it is always a key item on the first Staff Professional Development Day of each academic year.

The following notes are based upon the statutory guidance for schools and colleges - Keeping children safe in education (September 2016)

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined for the purposes of this guidance 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;
· taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

Should a child suffer significant harm, or be likely to do so, the School will do all it can to take action to protect him or her. Action will also be taken to promote the welfare of a child in need of additional support, even if he or she is not suffering harm or at immediate risk.

Safeguarding is not just about protecting children from deliberate harm, but also includes the
following issues:

  • pupils’ health and safety
  • meeting the needs of pupils with medical conditions
  • bullying (including cyberbullying)
  • providing first aid
  • children missing education
  • fabricated or induced illness
  • child missing from home or care
  • drug and substance misuse
  • child sexual exploitation (CSE)
  • educational visits
  • domestic violence
  • intimate care
  • female genital mutilation (FGM)
  • internet safety
  • forced marriage
  • school security
  • gangs and youth violence
  • faith abuse
  • gender based violence
  • fabricated or induced illness
  • racist abuse
  • mental health
  • harassment and discrimination
  • use of physical intervention
  • private fostering
  • extremism & radicalisation
  • youth produced sexual imagery (sexting)
  • trafficking

Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children; school staff are particularly important as they are in a position to identify concerns early and provide help for children, thereby preventing concerns from escalating.

If any parent has any concerns about any of these areas, please feel free to raise such matters with either the named member of staff or with me directly.

P Stubbings
Headmaster

The School's Safeguarding Policy can be found on page 83 of the School Policies.

 

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