Section 175 of the Education Act 2002 gives maintained schools a statutory duty to promote and safeguard the welfare of children, and have due regard to guidance issued by the Secretary of State.
The governors and staff at Bournes Green Infant & Junior Schools fully recognise the contribution it makes to safeguarding children. We recognise that all staff, including volunteers, visitors and parents, have a full and active part to play in protecting our pupils from harm. If you have any concerns regarding a child, please contact one of the designated officers below.
At Bournes Green Schools, the health, safety, and well-being of every child are our top priority.
We expect all staff, Academy Committee members, and volunteers to share this commitment to safeguarding our pupils. We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. All school staff are trained in Child Protection, and children are made aware of the adults they can talk to if they have any concerns. Staff are trained to look out for signs of physical/sexual/emotional abuse or neglect and are required to report these to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL). All staff have undertaken Prevent training and as a school, we actively support the Government's Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism.
The procedures which we follow have been laid down by the Southend-On-Sea Safeguarding Team and the school has adopted a Child Protection Policy in line with this. On rare occasions, our concern about a child may mean that we have to consult other agencies. Where appropriate we will discuss concerns with parents/carers first before any referrals are made unless we believe that such a move may be contrary to a child’s welfare.
We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection Policy which can be viewed below.
Photographs and Videos
Whilst lots of parents and carers really enjoy seeing photos and videos of their children’s school life we are very mindful of our duty of care towards all our pupils. We take the issue of safeguarding very seriously and this includes the use of photographic and video images.
Any photographs or videos taken by parents, carers and relatives at school productions, sports days or other events are for the enjoyment of individual families. They must not be used in any way that could potentially place a child at risk. This would include publishing images in any form of print or on the internet including social networking sites. Where possible this is emphasised before concerts and shows. We would ask that you support us with this.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Goy (Deputy Headteacher)
The Deputy Safeguarding Leads are:
Mr Kent (Deputy Headteacher)
Mrs Westlake (Learning Mentor)
Mrs Baker (Inclusion HLTA)
The Governor responsible for safeguarding is: Mrs Morgan
First Contact (01702 534496), where you can make an anonymous referral.
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