Our responsibility to safeguard children requires that we all appropriately share any concerns that we may have about children. This may include contacting the Local Authority Lead Officer or Child Protection or the Intake Team, Social Care, who will provide consultation and advice for anyone working with children.
We always undertake to share our intention to refer a child to Social Care, unless to do so would put the child at greater risk of harm, or impede a criminal investigation. If in doubt, we will consult with Social Care at this point.
Our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy can be accessed below.
The Social Media and Networking Policy should also be read in conjunction with the Safeguarding Policy.
Our designated Lead for Safeguarding/Child Protection is Jo Keeble, Executive Headteacher.
Our Deputy Designated Leads for Safeguarding are Helen Clarke and Sarah Howard.
Our designated governor for Safeguarding/Child Protection is Liz Wakeley.
The name of the Local Authority Designated Officer for Allegations (LADO) is Julie Bishop who can be contacted on: 01275 888211.
Parents and Carers can seek advice and/or report concerns about a child to North Somerset via the 'Front Door' on the following number: 01275 888690 but please do come and talk to one of us so we can support you.
In the light of the DfE’s Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance, North Somerset Council have updated their guidance document entitled Allegations of Abuse Guidance. Download these below.
The schools also use the DfE guidance for safer working practices as the staff and Governor Code of Conduct.
All schools must have ‘due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism, supporting terrorism or being drawn into non-violent extremism and to ensure that vulnerabilities are given appropriate advice and support. The PREVENT Strategy has been around since 2011 but its profile has been raised with the passing of the Counter Terrorism and Security Act in September 2015. The guide available to download below outlines our responsibilities around the PREVENT duty and as well as who to contact if there are any concerns.
Why is extremism relevant to parents?
As parents, you are the first line of protection for your children, whatever their age. You play an important role in helping to keep your children safe from the risks posed by extremist groups.
The Department for Education and the Home Office have launched a website which has the aim of providing practical advice and support to help all individuals with an interest in keeping children safe from the dangers of extremism. There are some useful resources for parents: