♦ Should you have any concerns about a pupil, or a pupil makes a disclosure to you, please speak to Ms. Burtenshaw immediately. Should she not be available, please speak to Mr. Beatty or Mr. Cotton.
Keeping Children Safe in Education
Children's Version Safeguarding Policy
Safeguarding Governor Role
We take our responsibilities to safeguard your children very seriously. Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility: all Staff, Governors and Volunteers should play their full part in keeping children safe. Please find below a copy of our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy 2022 to which each member of staff adhere to.
We work within Government Legislation Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022 in conjunction with Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018. These documents highlight current significant national issues including preventing Radicalisation in line with the 'Prevent' Strategy (part of the government’s counter-terrorism strategy to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism) and with the internet available to every child in today’s modern society an increased awareness of issues such as Grooming and Child Sexual Exploitation. We work alongside external agencies including Health, Social Care, and Police to ensure all our children are kept safe and protected from harm.
It is important to remember that, however small a concern may seem to you, it may be one of a series of concerns raised by different adults and therefore, recording such concerns enable the school to take the appropriate action to ensure that all children’s needs are being met.
All details are treated confidentially and will only be shared if there are concerns that a child is at risk. It is always our aim to share our concerns transparently with the child’s parent or guardian before making a referral. However, we reserve our right to refer without consent if we are sufficiently concerned about a child’s safety or we are unable to contact the parent/guardian after reasonable attempts have been made.
Single Point of Access (SPA)
You can also tell Richmond or Kingston Children’s Services about a child, young person or parent/carer that needs support in some way by contacting their Single Point of Access Team (SPA):
020 8547 5008 (Mon-Thurs 8.00-17.15, Fri 8.00-17.00)
020 8770 5000 (evenings and weekends)
In an emergency If you think a child is in immediate danger you should call 999.
If you need to speak to someone urgently outside of office hours, please call the Duty Social Worker 020 8744 2442.
Thank you for your invaluable support with safeguarding our children.
Children's Services on 020 8583 6600
Out of hours (after 5pm weekdays or weekends) call 020 8583 2222 and ask to speak to the duty social worker.
As a school we are signed up to Operation Encompass:
- Operation Encompass is the reporting to schools, prior to the start of the next school day, when a child or young person has been exposed to, or involved in, any domestic incident.
- It means that if there is an incident where police are called we will be made aware of it so that we can offer support to children in school the next day.
- This will ensure that the school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children, or their families, who have been involved in, or exposed to, a domestic abuse incident.
Volunteer Safeguarding Briefings
We welcome and encourage parents and carers to support children in a variety of learning opportunities both on the school site and when on school trips. Prior to volunteers taking part in any activities, we ask that they attend a volunteer safeguarding briefing. This provides an opportunity for all adults working with children to have a clear understanding of safeguarding procedures whilst also sharing key information on the schools behaviour and confidentiality policies.
Safeguarding briefings are updated each year following new publications of Keeping Children safe in Education.