At Bedgrove Junior School, the health, safety and well-being of every child is our paramount concern. We have a duty of care for the children who attend our school. We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. We want to work in partnership with you to help your child achieve well and be prepared for the next stage in their education and for adult life.
We promote a culture of 'Everyone's Responsibility' in our school setting. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children. In order to fulfill this responsibility effectively all professionals should make sure their approach is child-centred. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.
To promote a safe environment for pupils, our selection and recruitment policy includes all checks on staff and regular volunteers’ suitability, including Disclosure and Barring Service checks ( formerly CRB checks), as recommended by Buckinghamshire County Council in accordance with current legislation.
In accordance with our responsibilities under section 175/157 of the Education Act 2002, we have a Designated Person for Child Protection, Mrs Lorraine Greco, who is the Headteacher, and has received appropriate training for this role. It is her responsibility to ensure that all staff in contact with children receive child protection awareness training, including training on issues such as radicalisation, FGM and CSE, on a regular basis.
Miss Chantelle Gore (Child & Family Support Co-Ordinator) and Mrs Jamie Makepeace (Inclusion Assistant Headteacher) are the additional designated persons.
There are occasions that our concern about a child may mean that we have to consult other agencies. We work with a range of agencies that are able to provide help, support and advice for parents and families. Whilst we would always aim to work in partnership with parents there may be exceptions to this when concerns are raised for the protection of a child.
On very rare occasions, Social Care, whilst undertaking an investigation under section 47 of the Children Act 1989, may want to speak to a child without parents’ knowledge. This would be a decision made in collaboration with partner agencies and would only be done in situations where a child might be at immediate risk. To gain consent at this point may increase the level of risk to the child or cause evidence of a crime to be lost.
The procedures, which we follow, have been laid down by the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board, and the school has adopted a Child Protection Policy in line with this for the safety of all. If you want to know more about our procedures, please speak to the Designated Safeguarding Lead or the Additional Designated Persons.
We understand that at times parents/carers may have concerns about other families or children within our school setting. In this situation please come and talk to one of the above named persons to share your concerns. Similiarly, we understand that there are times within a family setting that things become difficult. If you feel you would like some support or someone to talk to please do come and see one of the above named people.
If you have concerns about a child please contact Mrs Greco (Headteacher) to discuss the matter further.