The Mission Statement of the schools links to the principles of 'Every Child Matters', reflecting the principles of the Children's Act (1989) and key legislation - 'Working Together to Safeguard Children' and 'Keeping Children Safe in Education'. We aim to create a safe, stimulating and positive environment: we strive to allow children to be healthy, safe, positive in their role, enjoying life and achieving.
A key part of this process is adherence to safe recruitment procedures, with careful checking of all individuals applying to work with children. This scrutiny involves necessary references and Child Protection screening, including Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and reference to the Vetting and Barring Scheme administered by the Independent Safeguarding Authority.
There is a need to be alert to any possibility of child abuse. Staff are trained in safeguarding issues and there is a senior teacher who is the Designated Senior Lead (the Deputy Headmaster). In the event of concerns he will liaise with the Local Authority Designated Officer, following Local Safeguarding Children’s Board Incident procedures.
The Senior Designated Teacher for Child Protection is assisted by a Deputy DSL (an Assistant Head) and a safeguarding team of senior staff. All members of staff are made aware that any concerns about safeguarding and possible child abuse (physical, emotional, sexual, neglect) should be brought to the Senior DSL (or his Deputy if he is not available), using an Incident Form and being sensitive in protection of information.
The Senior DSL also plays a role as an E-Safety Officer, working with the Heads of IT and Curriculum IT, and liaising with pastoral Heads (Housemasters). All users must adhere to an Acceptable Use Agreement and act to counter any misuse, with close regard to defined procedure.
The Senior DSL and safeguarding team access appropriate training and participate in local meetings to ensure procedures and guidance are followed.