Safeguarding


We recognise that the welfare of the child is paramount and we take our responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of the children and young people in our care seriously.

An agreed definition of safeguarding is: ‘All agencies take all reasonable measures to ensure that the risks of harm to children’s welfare are minimised. Where there are concerns, all agencies take action to address those concerns, working to agreed local policies and procedures in full partnership with other local agencies’ – Joint Chief Inspectors’ report 2002.


Concerns

If you have a concern about a child, particularly if you think s/he may be suffering or at risk of suffering harm, it is your responsibility to share information promptly with the Designated Safeguarding Lead for Child Protection (DSL) or one of the Deputies:

Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mrs Karen Dadds (Deputy Headteacher)

Deputy DSLs: Ms Fiona Coffin, Mr Jason Pitt, Mr David Cook (Assistant Headteachers), Mrs Erin Clarke (School-based Social Worker), Mrs Kirsty Baril or Mrs Mina Peroni (Student Support).

Child Protection Governor: Mrs Yas Maybank

Prevent Lead: Mrs Karen Dadds (Deputy Headteacher)

Prevent Governor: Mr Doug Croucher

E-safety Lead: Mr Jason Pitt, Assistant Headteacher


Volunteers

All volunteers and visitors to our school are introduced to the school’s policies and procedures for Child Protection and Safeguarding. As part of their visit they will be expected to read our summary of our Child Protection procedures.


Disclosure and Barring Service Checks for Staff and Volunteers

The school utilises the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to undertake criminal record checks.The School Staffing (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2006 make it mandatory for an enhanced criminal record check to be obtained for all newly appointed school staff.

Parents and other volunteers who help regularly in the classroom and with activities associated with the school will require a DBS check because of the frequency of their volunteering activity and the contact they have with children, but others will not.


Policies and Procedures

We have a Twynham Learning MAT-wide Child Protection policy, which creates a consistency of approach.

The following policies are relevant to Safeguarding. Please visit our policies page to access them.

  • Twynham Learning Child Protection policy
  • Twynham School Child Protection Procedures
  • DFE Keeping Children Safe in Education
  • Child Protection Summary
  • Criminal Record (DBS) Checking Policy
  • Code of Conduct for Trustees and Local Governors
  • Whistle Blowing Policy

There may be occasions when parents, carers or neighbours become concerned about the safety of a student. If you have any concerns, please phone 01202 486237 and ask to speak to the Designated Safeguarding Lead, Mrs Karen Dadds, about a safeguarding matter. If she is unavailable, you will be directed to one of our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads.

If reporting a concern, please provide as much information as possible.

If you have a concern during school holidays or out of school hours, please phone one of the numbers below.


If you have a serious concern because you think a child may be being abused, (physical abuse, emotional abuse, neglect or sexual abuse) you should contact Children’s Services direct on the following number: 01202 22886 or if out of office hours, please contact the Out of Hours Service on: 01202 657279


For all emergency situations please call 999 and ask for the police.


If there is an allegation of abuse about a member of staff, please contact our Headteacher, Mr Jy Taylor, on 01202 486237.