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.
You can download the Federation’s Safeguarding Policy Download
The Federation’s Social Media & Networking Policy should also be read in conjunction with the Safeguarding Policy.
Our designated person for Safeguarding/Child Protection is Jo Keeble, Executive Headteacher.
Our designated governor for Safeguarding/Child Protection is Wendy Griggs.
The name of the Local Authority Designated Officer for Allegations (DOFA) previously LADO is Julie Bishop and the contact numbers remain 01275 888808 / 01275 888211.
In the light of the DfE’s Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance: keeping_children_safe_in_education-5th-sept-2016, North Somerset Council have updated their guidance document entitled Allegations of Abuse Guidance. Download here
The Federation also uses the DfE guidance-for-safer-working-practices-2015-final1 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 here 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 –