We are a Safeguarding School which is committed to promoting the welfare of children.
Please find below an annex outlining changes to Child Protection during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Please click the document below to access government guidance on how to keep children safe online during the Covid-19 pandemic.
At this school, the health, safety and well-being of every child are our paramount concern. We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. Our aim is for children to enjoy their time as pupils in this school. We want to work in partnership with you to help your child achieve their full potential and make a positive contribution.
To promote a safe environment for pupils, our selection and recruitment policy includes all checks on staff and regular volunteers’ suitability, including DBS checks, as recommended by Buckinghamshire County Council in accordance with current legislation.
In accordance with our responsibilities under section 175/157 of the Education Act 2002, we have a Designated Person for Child Protection (Mrs Sarah Morgan) who is a member of the senior management team, and has received appropriate training for this role. It is their responsibility to ensure that all staff in contact with children receive child protection awareness training on a regular basis.
There are occasions that our concern about a child may mean that we have to consult other agencies. Whilst we would always aim to work in partnership with parents there may be exceptions to this when concerns are raised for the protection of a child.
On very rare occasions Social Care, whilst undertaking an investigation under s47 of the Children Act 1989, may want to speak to a child without parents’ knowledge. This would be a decision made in collaboration with partner agencies and would only be done in situations where a child might be at immediate risk. To gain consent at this point may increase the level of risk to the child or cause evidence of a crime to be lost.
The procedures, which we follow, have been laid down by the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board, and the school has adopted a Child Protection Policy in line with this for the safety of all. If you want to know more about our procedures, please speak to the Headteacher, Mrs Morgan or your child’s class teacher: our Policy can be found on the link above.
Designated Safeguarding Lead: Sarah Morgan 01628 483031
Additional Designated Safeguarding Leads: Toya Willmot, Robert Colley, Jenny Hickey and Brittany Thompson
Nominated Governor: Victoria Downie
Chair of Governors: Victoria Thomas
If you are concerned about a child please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. This email adress is monitored both in and out of term.
Thames Valley Police: 101 or 999 in an emergency
Social Care out of hours: 0800 999 7677
First Response Team: 0845 4600 001
NSPCC: 0808 800 5000
Samaritans - Helpline:116 123
Childline: 0800 1111
Female Genital Mutilation Helpline (NSPCC): 0800 028 3550
Kidscape – Parent Advice Line (bullying) (Mon-Weds from 9:30am to 2:30pm): 020 7823 5430
Forced Marriages Unit - Foreign and Commonwealth Office: 020 7008 0151
Crimestoppers: 0800 555 111
R-U Safe? Barnardos - Children/Young People Sexual Exploitation Service: 01494 785 552
As part of Danesfield School's commitment to safeguarding and child protection, we fully support the government's Prevent Strategy, and take guidance from Teaching Approaches to help build resilience to extremism.
What is the Prevent Strategy?
The Prevent strategy is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. It:
- responds to the ideological challenge we face from terrorism and aspects of extremism, and the threat we face from those who promote these views
- provides practical help to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support
- works with a wide range of sectors (including education, criminal justice, faith, charities, online and health)
Prevent Lead: Toya Willmot