Safeguarding at Christ the Sower Ecumenical Primary School.
Safeguarding children and young people is central to everything we do at our school.
This section of our website will provide you with an overview of the policies, partnerships, programmes and mechanisms that are in place to safeguard the children and young people who attend Christ the Sower.
The full suite of current and ratified Safeguarding policies is available here on our policies page. However, our policies are also freely available to all as paper copies if requested from the school office.
At CtS, we fully recognise our responsibility for safeguarding children and young people. It is difficult to accept, but every child can be hurt, put at risk of harm or abused, regardless of their age, gender, religion or ethnicity. That is why we do everything within our power to:
- protect children from maltreatment.
- prevent impairment of children’s health or development.
- ensure that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care.
- take action to enable all children and young people to secure the best outcomes for ALL.
The action we take at our school to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play and we recognise, and take our part very seriously in, this. We ensure that we operate a child-centred safeguarding system. We recognise that children want to be respected; have their views heard; to have stable relationships with their teachers, built on trust; and to have consistent support for their individual needs.
We recognise that we have a vitally important duty to ensure that arrangements are in place for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and we carry out this duty with the utmost of care, throughout all aspects of school life. All members of our community establish and maintain safe and stimulating environments where children feel secure, are encouraged to talk to adults they can trust and are listened to. Through robust training, all staff are able to recognise the signs of abuse and understand their responsibilities when a child may be at risk of harm. Training of all staff is updated on an ongoing and regular basis.
In line with the guidance ‘Safer Recruitment’, the Headteacher , SLT and key Governors have completed Safer Recruitment training. All staff including volunteers have been carefully selected and screened and all have had an enhanced DBS check prior to commencing work. Details of all checks are held in a central record. Staff will be inducted into the school and training will be given with regard to child protection.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead for Child Protection in the School is: Ms Mel Nugent
Additional Designated safeguarding lead(s):
- Mandy Robertson
- Saeeda Wilson-Andoh
Our designated members of staff are fully trained and receive updated training every 2 years
Our school has a designated safeguarding governor, Janet Hatfield (Chair), who will act as the link person between the governing body and the Designated Leader. The governor will review safeguarding procedures/practices including access to training through termly meetings with the Designated Person. The governors will ensure that sufficient time is given to carry out the duties including accessing training. Where safeguarding concerns arise regarding a member of staff, the governor will liaise with the Chair of Governors.
We believe in working closely with parents and there is an open-door policy so that parents can feel able to visit at any time to discuss concerns. We have a designated Pastoral and inclusion officer who is a friendly face on the gate each morning and always available for parents to contact to discuss any and all concerns.