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)

Mrs Paula Mcadams

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL)

The Clinton Church of England School

Alison Skinner

Safeguarding Team Member

Helen Le Fort

Safeguarding Team Member

James Creek

Safeguarding Team Member

Sonia Grant

Safeguarding Team Member

 

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

2021_22 Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy - The Clinton

Click here to download a copy

(A Paper copy is available on 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
  • Supporting Pupils with Medical Conditions and the Administration of Medicines
  • Attendance
  • Attitudes to Learning; Character Development Policy
  • 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’.

 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 Local Schools Committee.

 

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 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 Safeguarding Children Boards website.