The Clinton's Safeguarding Statement

 

Here at The Clinton Church of England School we recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all pupils.   We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued.   We are alert to signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure all children receive effective support and protection.

People to contact at The Clinton Church of England School regarding Child Protection and Safeguarding:

Mrs Rachael Sharpe

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

Carla Hannam

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL)

The Clinton Church of England School

Donna Jennings

Safeguarding Team Member

The Clinton Church of England School

Mrs Paula Mcadams

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL)

Dolton Church of England School

Helen LeFort

Safeguarding Team Member

Dolton Church of England School

We have a Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy which is available on this webpage

Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy 2020_21 - Clinton

(a paper copy is available upon request).

Other policies connected to the safeguarding and wellbeing of children include those listed below, all of which can be viewed on the Policies page of our website

  • Positive Handling
  • Medical Conditions and Administration of Medicines
  • Attendance
  • Behaviour
  • Anti-Bullying
  • Online Safety
  • Preventing Radicalisation

We follow the Local Authority’s Safer Recruitment protocols and the Department for Education Guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’, ‘What to do if you are worried that a child is being abused’, ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ – all of the Departmental guidance notes can be downloaded below.

 We actively support the Government’s ‘Prevent’ agenda to counter radicalisation and extremism.

We have a Health & Safety Policy for the practical protection of children and adults on the school site; this can be viewed on the Policies page of our school website. Health & Safety is routinely monitored by the school’s staff and Governing Board.

All adults working in school have enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance together with safeguarding checks in accordance with policy. All staff have regular safeguarding training.

If you are concerned about a child’s welfare please record your concern and any observations or conversations heard and report to a member of the school's safeguarding team as soon as possible. If you do find yourself needing to report a concern, we stress the need for absolute confidentiality to be observed and maintained at all times.

Our commitment to online safety is demonstrated through the deployment of the ‘Report an Issue’ button on our school website. This links to the South West Grid for Learning’s ‘Whisper’ reporting system and enables pupils, parents and members of the public to instantly report any online content giving cause for concern.

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with their parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that this would be contrary to the child’s welfare.

Further information on Safeguarding children in Devon can be found on the Devon and Torbay Safeguarding Children Boards website.

NSPCC 'Underwear Guide' for Parents to talk with their children about

NSPCC "Pants"

 

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with their parents / carers first unless we have reason to believe that this would be contrary to the child’s welfare.

Further information on Safeguarding children in Devon can be found on the Devon and Torbay Safeguarding Children Boards website.