CHILD PROTECTION AND Safeguarding
Bursted Wood School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Enhanced DBS checks are carried out on all staff.
Safeguarding our pupils is an important part of our daily work. We work together with our families and outside agencies to ensure our children are safe and know how to keep themselves safe. All of our staff, and Governors, have yearly training on safeguarding and child protection. Our Designated Safeguarding Lead team are:
Miss Helen Charman (Head Teacher) - Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Lesley Harborne (Interim Director of Safeguarding, Inclusion, Pastoral and Welfare) - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Gemma Smith (Inclusion Manager inc CLA Lead) - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Please contact one of the above, via the school office if you have any concerns regarding a pupil
Mrs Jenny Maydon - Chair of Trustees with responsibility for Safeguarding, Child Protection, CLA
Please see the Policies Tab for all policies and procedures relating to keeping our children and our staff safe.
We participate in Operation Encompass which advises schools about any domestic violence incidents where our pupils may have been present. Please find a copy of the letter advising parents of this below.
THE PREVENT DUTY AND RADICALISATION
It is essential that staff are able to identify children who may be vulnerable to radicalisation, and know what to do when they are identified. This is part of our wider safeguarding duty and concerns are reported to Miss Charman.
All staff have regular ‘Prevent’ training so they are aware of what to look out for in terms of changed behaviours, use of language and/or interest in certain topics.
We aim to build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values and encourage our children to debate and challenge extremist views in a safe environment.
HELPFUL INFORMATION AND CONTACTS
NSPCC or Child Protection
0808 800 5000
Crisis Text Line
Text THEMIX to 85258
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service
020 8315 4430
Cruse Bereavement Care Support for grief and bereavement
Phone: 0808 808 1677 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm)
(Tools and resources to help yourself and others feel better. Covers topics such as anxiety, sleepy deprivation, stress and low moods)
(National charity committing to improving the mental health of all young people)