Thamesmead School is completely committed to ensuring our safeguarding practices and policies promote the safety and wellbeing of all our students. We do this in a wide range of ways including making sure that:-
- All staff are fully aware of key policies such as child protection, e-safety, and health and safety, that those policies reflect the most up to date national guidance and that all of our safeguarding work is monitored and reviewed by a committee of governors.
- We have a fully trained designated child protection officer to whom any child protection concerns are referred, and several deputies in case they are absent. We also have a named governor who is responsible for overseeing child protection practices in the school.
- Our staff recruitment programme meets all safer recruitment and selection requirements. For example, we conduct identity, qualification, reference checks and organise an enhanced clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). We also adopt a similar process for volunteers and as an Academy we organise an Enhanced DBS clearance for all our governors. Temporary staff are required to provide evidence of DBS clearance.
- All of our staff have guidance on the use of physical interventions and we have clear policies on whistleblowing and the management of allegations against staff.
- Our curriculum, catered through lessons and beyond the classroom, teaches students about how to keep themselves safe in a variety of settings including when using the internet and social media. It also includes drugs and sex education programmes at an age appropriate level.
- We promote a culture in which bullying, racism, homophobia and other discriminatory behaviour is not tolerated.
- Information regarding safeguarding is periodically published in the school’s newsletter which is sent to all parents and carers. Parents and carers are also invited into school to take part in sessions such as those recently presented by the Lucy Faithfull Foundation which covered a variety of potential safeguarding issues.
To this end our Child Protection and Safeguarding policy has been developed in accordance with the principles established by the Children Acts 1989 and 2004; the Education Act 2002, and in line with government publications: “Working Together to Safeguard Children” 2006, “Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families” 2000, “What to do if You are Worried a Child is Being Abused” 2003. The guidance reflects “Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education” DfES Jan 2007, and Surrey Safeguarding Children Board SSCB (formerly the Surrey Area Child ProtectionCommittee), Child Protection Procedures.
The Governing body takes seriously its responsibility under section 1752 of the Education Act 2002 to safeguard and promote the welfare of children; and to work together with other agencies to ensure adequate arrangements within our school to identify, assess, and support those children who are suffering harm.
We recognise that all adults, including temporary staff, volunteers and governors, have a full and active part to play in protecting our pupils from harm, and that the child’s welfare is our paramount concern.
All staff believe that our school should provide a caring, positive safe and stimulating environment that promotes the social, physical and moral development of the individual child.
The full Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy is reviewed regularly and can be found on our policies page