SAFEGUARDING STATEMENT

 

SAFEGUARDING AT MAIDENBOWER JUNIOR SCHOOL

This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The governing body has a duty of care to pupils and all members of the school community. There is in place a comprehensive child protection policy which, along with a policy for Health and Safety and a Prevent strategy, is regularly reviewed by the Governing body.

The procedures that we follow have been laid down by the Local Safeguarding Children Board of West Sussex and the school has adopted a Child Protection Policy in line with this for the safety of all. A copy of our Child Protection Policy can be found on the school website and is also available upon request from the school office.

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead for Child Protection and Safeguarding is Kerry Negus (Deputy Headteacher)

The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are Mrs Elaine Jenkins (Headteacher), Mr Simon Pike (Deputy Headteacher), Mr Stephen Turnbull (SENCo) and Mr Chris Buckley (Teacher in Charge of SSC)

The Designated Safeguarding Lead and the deputies can be contacted using the following email address:  [email protected]

Our governor with responsibility for Safeguarding is Mrs Tracey Difrancescomarino.

Further information about West Sussex Safeguarding procedures are available at:www.sussexchildprotection.procedures.org.uk or www.westsussexscb.org.uk

 

PREVENT DUTY

You may have heard about the Prevent Duty, which aims to prevent young people from being radicalised by, for example, far right extremists or religious extremists.

In school we have a duty to care for the children and take note of any child who is at risk of radicalisation, regardless of their background. We also have to take steps to help prevent children being exposed to extremist ideas. Our overriding concern is that children feel safe and also express tolerance towards all cultures and religions, even when personal views may be different. We work positively to protect young people from radicalisation.

Please read the Prevent Duty below for more information.

 

OPERATION ENCOMPASS

We are also involved in Operation Encompass in partnership with Sussex Police.  Operation Encompass is the reporting to schools, prior to the start of the next school day, when a child or young person has been exposed to, or involved in, any domestic incident.

Operation Encompass ensures that the Designated Safeguarding Lead is trained to allow them to liaise with the police and to use the information that has been shared, in confidence, while ensuring that the school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children, or their families, who have been involved in, or exposed to, a domestic abuse incident.