Safeguarding - Guidance and Information
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The Oak Farm Schools are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. We expect all staff, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment.
Our principle safeguarding duties and responsibilities are achieved through:
1) Raising awareness of safeguarding among staff
We adhere to Keeping Children Safe in Education, statutory safeguarding guidance from the Department for Education (DfE). All staff have read this guidance and are aware of the safeguarding policies and procedures the school has in place and know how to recognise and report signs of abuse and neglect.
|Nursery & Infant School||Junior School|
|Designated Safeguarding Lead||Ms Tracey Kempthorne||Mrs Liz Speller|
|Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead||
Mrs Susan Perry
Miss Catherine Lawrence
Our Governor with responsibility for Safeguarding is Dr Charlotte Moore. The Governing Board undertake an annual audit of Safeguarding.
We are trained to support staff and liaise with other agencies and at anytime at least one member of the Safeguarding team is available to staff at all times during school hours. Staff raise any concerns about pupils’ welfare with the Designated Safeguarding Lead, who will then make decisions about referrals. A referral will be made immediately where a child is in immediate danger or at risk of harm.
2) Safeguarding Training
All staff undergo safeguarding training that is regularly updated and training for the Designated Safeguarding Leads are updated at least every two years.
3) Safer Recruitment
Everyone working at the schools, including governors, third party staff and volunteers undergo appropriate safer recruitment checks, including the correct level of Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Checks are recorded on the school’s single central record (SCR).
4) Specific Safeguarding Issues
All staff are aware of specific safeguarding issues such as radicalisation, child sexual exploitation, children missing education and mental health.
5) Safeguarding Policies
We update our child protection policy and staff code of conduct annually to respond to the most up to date guidance and legislation. Please click on the links below for our school's Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and Attendance Policy. This includes procedures covering particular safeguarding issues such as recruitment and selection, allegations against staff, bullying, children missing education, radicalisation, whistle-blowing, mobile phone usage and work experience. In addition the school Attendance Policy specifies the procedures for confirming that children are in attendance in school and in particular for a child who has been missing in education for 10 or more days with the welfare of the child being paramount.
We use appropriate internet filters and monitoring systems to keep pupils safe online.