Churnet View Middle School
Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of Children and Young People
Churnet View Middle School recognises its legal duty under s175 Education Act 2002 (section 157 in relation to independent schools and academies) and the 1989 and 2004 Children Acts. We take seriously our responsibilities to protect and safeguard the interests of all pupils and we recognise that effective child protection work requires sound procedures, good inter-agency co-operation and a workforce that is competent and confident in responding to child protection situations.
Our procedures aim to provide a framework which ensures that all our practice in regard to safeguarding children is consistent with the stated values and procedures that underpin all work with children and young people. Statutory guidance defines a child as anyone who has not yet reached their 18th birthday.
As part of our procedures all staff undertake mandatory training including Prevent, Level One Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of Children Training and e-Safety.
Churnet View Middle School is committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all our children in school. We believe that pupils have a right to learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment which includes the right to protection from all types of abuse; where staff are vigilant for signs of any pupil in distress and are confident about applying the/our safeguarding processes to avert and alleviate any such problems.
Safeguarding is about ensuring that everyone is safe from harm – safe from bullying, safe from people who could abuse, safe from discrimination or harassment – and that we all feel safe in our environment.
This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This means that we have a Child Protection Policy and procedures in place. Parents and carers are welcome to read the Policy; please see the link below.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare. If a member of staff is concerned about a child’s welfare, they will record their concern, and any observations or conversation heard, and report to one of the DSLs as soon as possible the same day.
If a member of staff has concerns which relate to the actions or behaviour of another member of staff (which could suggest that s/he is unsuitable to work with children) then this will be reported to one of the DSLs in confidence, who will refer the matter to the Headteacher (or the Chair of Governors if the concern relates to the Headteacher) who will consider what action to take.
The definition for Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015 is:
- 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 outcomes.
If you are ever concerned about the safety or well‐being of someone at our school please talk to one of the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead s (DSLs).
The Designated Safeguarding Lead at Churnet View Middle School is Mrs L. Fernyhough, Assistant Headteacher.
The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead at Churnet View Middle School is Mr S. Fryer, Headteacher.
The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead at Churnet View Middle School is Mrs R. Jukes, Assistant Headteacher.
The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead at Churnet View Middle School is Mrs S. Knott, Inclusion Support.
The Nominated Governor for Safeguarding is Mrs B. Hine.
The school adheres to the following three DFE safeguarding documents:
- Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015
- Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016
- The Prevent Duty 2015
For Staffordshire procedures please click on link below:
Please see link below with regards to 2016 Safeguarding Policy