We regard the safeguarding of children as our main priority. We believe that we all have the right to be happy, to be safe and to learn. We all have the responsibility to make this happen.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Nicola Walker (our Head Teacher)
The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Laura Toor (our Deputy Head Teacher)
Mrs Janet Ormerod is Gisburn Road School's Learning Mentor
A Governor responsible for safeguarding is Mrs Rachel Waddington (the Chair of the Governing Board)
Another Governor responsible for safeguarding - specialising in online safety - is Mr Shaun Nixon (Co-opted member of the Governing Board) who runs a local web company.
There are three main elements to our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy:
Creating a positive school atmosphere, teaching and pastoral support to pupils where children have opportunities to have a voice and that their wishes and feelings are listened to and taken into account.
By following agreed procedures, ensuring staff are trained to recognise possible signs and symptoms of abuse and are trained and supported to respond appropriately and sensitively to child protection concerns.
To pupils and school staff and to children who may have been abused.
The policies cover all areas of school life and include:
- Staff & Visitors
ensuring they are vetted, informed and trained.
- Children’s Behaviour
promoting safer and happier behaviours and lifestyles.
- Parents and Carers
promoting links and supporting families.
keeping them safe, pleasant and fit for purpose.
providing positive learning experiences.
- Outside School
ensuring safer activities and environments outside school.
For further information please find our Safeguarding Policy and a child friendly Safeguarding Policy:
We follow strict procedures to ensure that everyone who works with our children is vetted, keeping our children as safe as possible. Ongoing checks and ‘whistle-blowing’ are in line with current policy.
- Staff are trained in child protection issues and they are aware of the procedures to follow.
- Staff are encouraged to be vigilant in order to maintain the safety of our children.
- All Staff & Volunteers have read the document ‘KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE IN EDUCATION 2018’ Part 1
All staff have an up-to-date understanding of safeguarding children issues and are able to implement the safeguarding children policy and procedure appropriately. Policies are in line with current guidance and procedures.
Staff are able to respond appropriately to any:
- significant changes in children’s behaviour;
- deterioration in their general well-being;
- unexplained bruising, marks or signs of possible abuse;
- signs of neglect;
- comments children make which give cause for concern.
All staff are aware of the need to maintain privacy and confidentiality.
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