What is Safeguarding?
Safeguarding at Brooklands School
What is safeguarding?
Schools have a statutory responsibility to keep children safe from harm. The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) defines safeguarding as:
- Protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
- Preventing harm to children’s health or development
- Ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
- Taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best
What does this mean at Brooklands?
- We comply with the current safeguarding guidance from the Department for Education, Keeping Children Safe in Education.
- We have a designated safeguarding lead (DSL) – this is Colette Goring-Farrow (Deputy Head). We also have a deputy safeguarding lead – Kim Robinson (Director of Student Wellbeing). They are both trained to support staff, parents and carers and contribute to assessing children and liaise with other agencies. Gary Harper is the Governor who has a specific responsibility for safeguarding.
- The key safeguarding team are: Mrs Goring-Farrow (DSL), Mrs Robinson (Deputy DSL and director of student well-being), Mrs Hodgson (Head teacher), Ms Woodburn (Pupil Premium support worker and attendance officer). Mr Ward (head of behaviour) and Miss Tipper (Head of Y7 & PE) are trained in TeamTeach. However, all staff are regularly trained and aware of their responsibilities to safeguard children in school.
How else do we safeguard children at Brooklands?
- We protect information about children and only share it appropriately within the GDPR guidance
- We respond appropriately to an unplanned absence, or to a pattern of poor attendance. We respond appropriately to an unplanned absence, or to a pattern of poor attendance. Attendance is a key part of daily safeguarding
- We track concerns about children confidentially. Concerns are reported by staff on Cpoms. This is a secure site and allows the DSLs to read and respond to concerns swiftly and efficiently.
- We teach pupils about safeguarding issues, including how to respond to concerns, in lessons on personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education and in computing.
- We supervise pupils as they enter and leave the school building at the start and end of the day.
- We have a child protection policy, and procedures covering specific safeguarding issues
- We ensure that adults working in the school are safe to work with children, by carrying out background checks (through the Disclosure and Barring Service) and having someone on interview panels who is trained in ‘safer recruitment’. These are managed by Julia Wilson (school business manager) – who is responsible for keeping the Single Central Record up to date.
- We ensure that all staff receive safeguarding and child protection training, and that this is regularly updated. All staff in our school are expected to be aware of the signs and symptoms of abuse and must be able to respond appropriately. Training is provided every year with separate training to all new staff on appointment. The DSL will attend bi-annual training to enable them to fulfil their role. Any update in national or local guidance will be shared with all staff in briefings and then captured in the next whole school training. Updates will also be shared on the noticeboard in the safeguarding library & via email.
- We share information with parents about how they can keep their children safe online and in the local community
- We work with parents, children and the local community to respond to and act on concerns.
Key Contacts – if you are concerned about a child in school or in your community please contact us.
- In school
01525 372018 – this is the main school number
Other organisations that might be helpful to you are included below. These are just a few of the organisations out there to help and support young people.
Children’s Services https://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/info/11/children_and_young_people
Childline https://www.childline.org.uk/ 0800 1111
NSPCC https://www.nspcc.org.uk/ 0808 800 5000
Anti-bullying helpline https://www.nationalbullyinghelpline.co.uk/ 0845 225 5787 or 07734 701221
Young minds https://youngminds.org.uk/
Young Carers in Bedfordshire https://carersinbeds.org.uk/young-carers/being-a-young-carer
Kooth (online mental wellbeing community) https://www.kooth.com/
CEOP for reporting child exploitation on line https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/
Think U Know – for advice on online safety https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/