At Crawley Ridge Junior School, we understand that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. Through our training, all staff are aware that a safeguarding incident could happen here. All members of staff, including teaching, support staff and club providers receive annual safeguarding training either at Crawley Ridge Junior School or through their own organisation.
This overview covers all the statutory areas as detailed in the DFE document, ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education‘ (updated September 2023) – including the Prevent Strategy, FGM and Child Sexual Exploitation.
Mrs Sue Knight is our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) having received all of the required training. She also attends regular training to keep up to date with any issues relating to child protection and safeguarding. Additional weekly updates are received from Andrew Hall, a specialist safeguarding consultant and the NSPCC; these are then disseminated to relevant members of staff. Any training updates that staff may require will be delivered by the DSL. Crawley Ridge has incredibly tight procedures, which have been audited and approved by external providers; ensuring that our children and staff are safe. We work with an array of agencies including Children’s Services, Family support, the School Nurse and the Police. Mrs Culligan, Miss Smart and Mrs Southall are the Deputy DSLs and support Mrs Knight in the leadership and management of Safeguarding. The named Safeguarding Governor is Abi Summers.
TAMAT SAFEGUARDING STATEMENT
We define safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children as:
- protecting children from maltreatment
- preventing impairment of children’s health or development
- ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
- taking action to enable all children to have the best outcome
The welfare of the child is paramount
We maintain an attitude of “It could happen here”
Children have a right to feel safe and secure, they cannot learn effectively unless they do so.
All children have a right to be protected from harm and abuse.
All staff have a role in the prevention of harm and abuse and an equal responsibility to act immediately on any suspicion or disclosure that may indicate a child is at risk of harm, either in the school or in the community, taking into account contextual safeguarding, in accordance with statutory guidance.
We acknowledge that working in partnership with other agencies protects children and reduces risk and so we will engage in partnership working to protect and safeguard children. Whilst the school will work openly with parents as far as possible, it reserves the right to contact Social Care or the police, without notifying parents if this is believed to be in the child’s best interests.
This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children
and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.