Crispin is committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all our students and we fully recognise our responsibilities for child protection and safeguarding the young people in our care. Our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy applies to all staff, governors and volunteers working at Crispin. This conforms to guidance and procedures laid down by the Somerset Safeguarding Children Board and takes account of guidance issued by the South West Safeguarding & Child Protection Group.
Safeguarding is about ensuring that everyone is safe from harm - safe from bullying, safe from people who could abuse, safe from discrimination or harassment - and that we all feel safe in our environment.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a student's welfare. Where possible, we will ensure that concerns about our students are discussed with their parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the student's welfare.
We believe that students have a right to learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment, which includes the right to protection from all types of abuse, where staff are vigilant for signs of any student in distress and are confident about applying the processes to avert and alleviate any such problems. Our Child Protection Policy and procedures are in place to ensure the safety and well-being of the students in our care. All staff (including supply staff, volunteers, and governors) ensure that they are aware of these procedures.
There are five main elements to our policy:
- Ensuring we practice safe recruitment in checking the suitability of staff and volunteers to work with children (in line with ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ (DfE) 2016)
- Raising awareness of child protection issues and equipping children with the skills needed to keep them safe
- Developing and then implementing procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases, of abuse
- Supporting students who have been abused in accordance with his/her agreed Child Protection Plan
- Establishing a safe environment in which children and young people can learn and develop
The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs B. De Sousa, Deputy Headteacher. The Designated Deputy Child Protection Officers are Ms L. Charles and Ms J. Ledgard. In addition, we have a Team of trained Safeguarding & Child Protection Officers. They are:
- Mr P. Reddick
- Mrs J. Cowper
- Mrs A. Rice
- Mr S. Boddy
- Mrs J. Lee
- Mrs T. Randall
- Mrs S. Maher
- Mrs. Christine Frost is the Designated Child Protection Governor
Training and Education
Crispin School staff undergo a regular and continuing programme of training to ensure that they are up to date with the latest issues with regards to safeguarding and child protection. In recent months this has included basic awareness training recognising the signs of abuse and awareness training on Female Genital Mutilation, radicalisation and child sexual exploitation.
Safeguarding issues are also integrated into our curriculum so that students are empowered to both keep themselves safe and also identify possible concerns about their friends and know who to pass these concerns on to. These issues are discussed in Assemblies as well as in a wide variety of lessons, including PSHE, Tutor Time and IT lessons. A constant stream of safeguarding information available for both parents and students is being developed through the keepsafe@rgs blog.
If you need advice and support in relation to a safeguarding issue, please find the relevant information on our Help and Support page here.
If you wish to log a concern about a child, please fill out this form and immediately pass it to the designated safeguarding officer.
Last Updated: September 2018