“Children want to be respected, their views to be heard, to have stable relationships with professionals built on trust and for consistent support provided for their individual needs. This should guide the behaviour of professionals. Anyone working with children should see and speak to the child; listen to what they say; take their views seriously; and work with them collaboratively when deciding how to support their needs”. WT 2015
Cockshutt School has clear policies, strategies and procedure to ensure the safeguarding and welfare of pupils.
Staffs attend regular training and take on board new ideas and systems to ensure best practice.
The Head teacher leads on Child Protection but is supported by two other designated staff- the Assistant Head and Learning Mentor. These have all undergone full child protection training. All staff (teaching and TAs) have undergone Child Protection training.
There are regularly reviewed policies and procedures on Child Protection, Health & Safety, Behaviour, Anti-Bullying, Equal opportunities, Drug Related incidents, Sex & relationships, Confidentiality, Educational Visits, Drug Education, Safeguarding procedures and Single Equality.
All Staff employed by the School are CRB, List 99 or DBS, Identity and qualification checked. All volunteers and governors are identified and CRB or DBS checked. This information is held in a single central record. The head and one governor have undertaken Safer Recruitment training. Our commitment to Safeguarding is highlighted at all stages of the recruitment process.
Children are encouraged to follow safe practices through PSHE sessions, Safer Scenes role play day, School nurse visits and the Local police support our drug awareness and E-Safety programmes.
When concerns about a child’s welfare are identified we keeps accurate relevant records and shares these with the appropriate authorities. As a result the school works closely with a variety of agencies including Compass (Early Help), EWO, LSAT, Woodlands Outreach, Ed Psych, Social Services and the local Police and Community Support Officer. When a child is identified as vulnerable either due to circumstances outside of school or due to their personal and emotional well-being, parents are asked to work with the Learning Mentor to complete an Early Help form (EHAF). This may help to provide better support in school or to access other external support services. Sometimes Early Help Partnership Meetings will be held in school to share the impact of the support in place and identify any further needs.
Risk Assessments are regularly carried out and action plans developed and then followed through to ensure the safety and well-being of all in the school. This is achieved with the good support of the governors.There is a comprehensive awareness of safeguarding issues among the governors. Pupils are represented on the Safer Schools Group. The administrator is the Educational Visits Coordinator (EVC) and the school uses the LAs model policy.
Many staff are first aid trained and some are paediatric first aiders.
Information is shared with parents and their concerns are always investigated. Parents attend our termly Safer Schools Meetings.
The school buddy system is part of the positive response to anti-bullying. Older children are paired with younger children and support them at various times in the school day including a Buddy bonding Session each week.