Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.
At Preston School, we do our utmost to ensure that all our students are safe on the school site, at home, on line and in the wider community. All of our staff at Preston have a duty of care to keep young people safe and secure and to promote their personal safety.
Staff at our school endeavor to ensure that our students can develop into confident and independent young people through ensuring that we provide them with the safe and secure learning environment that they need in order to thrive.
It is the school’s responsibility and we have the right to take reasonable action to ensure the welfare and safety of its students and stakeholders. At Preston School, every student has a voice and will be listened to and taken seriously when they speak. If a member of staff has cause to be concerned that a child may be subject to ill treatment, neglect or any other form of abuse, the school will follow child protection procedures and inform Children’s Services of its concern. On rare occasions, we may have a concern about a student and this may mean that we have to consult with external agencies even before we contact you. We follow the Somerset Safeguarding guidance and work within their framework and good practice guidelines. We have a Child Protection and Safer Recruitment Policy to which we strictly adhere. These policies are available if requested.
We work in partnership with parents and external agencies to ensure that the students achieve their full potential and make a positive contribution to both their learning and wider community.
The safeguarding of our students is at the forefront of everything we do and we ensure that staff have the knowledge and skills to protect our young people. All members if staff across the site, whether they are teachers, Teaching Assistants or Associate members of staff receive regular training in accordance with the guidelines from Somerset Local Safeguarding Children Board. All staff members are issued with a Safeguarding pack, which provides them with vital information at their fingertips as to what to do when they have concerns about a child.
In addition, we have a commitment to keeping our students safe whilst on-line. The students at Preston School receive information on keeping safe and safe internet usage through assemblies, ICT lessons and Academic Mentor lessons. Advice and guidance on how to keep children safe on-line can be found in the Safeguarding area of our web site and if you follow us on Twitter, we will post regular advice & up-dates from organisations such as:
- CEOP & Thinkuknow
- Young Minds
- Avon & Somerset Constabulary
Preston School’s policy on Safeguarding is available by clicking this link here and is reviewed by the Governing Body on an annual basis and kept in line with the latest DfE legislation. This policy and its associated procedures are accessible to all staff on the school site.
Designated Staff and staff responsible for Safeguarding
Our Governors have ultimate responsibility for Safeguarding issues. There is a Safeguarding team who leads on Safeguarding issues. There are designated lead staff who monitor the effectiveness of the policy and, where necessary, liaise with the local authority when significant safeguarding concerns arise. The team is clear about their role and have sufficient time and receive relevant support, and training, which includes close contact with outside agencies including Children’s Services, the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board and relevant health care organisations.
If you have a concern that a child is being harmed, is at risk of harm, or you receive a disclosure (intentionally or unintentionally) you must contact one of the designated safeguarding leads as quickly as possible.
The Safeguarding Team members are as follows:
Mrs. J. Chappell – Designated Safeguarding & Prevent Lead
Mr. J. Hinks – Designated Safeguarding Deputy
Mrs. M. Purton - Designated Safeguarding Deputy
Mrs. K. Talbot – Designated Safeguarding Officer
Mrs. L. Perry – Designated Safeguarding Officer
Miss K Larcombe – Designated Safeguarding Officer
Students can report an issue by speaking to a member of the Safeguarding Team and we will ensure that there is always a member of this team on site throughout each school day. However, a student can raise a concern with any member of staff within the school.
Disclosure & Barring Checks
Preston School meets statutory requirements in relation to Disclosure & Barring Service – all staff and volunteers who work with the school who meet the ‘regulated activity test’ (Freedoms Act 2012) are required to undergo an enhanced DBS check prior to employment.