All school policies can also be requested from the General Office.
With regard to Child Protection, the school's approach to the care of our children aims to ensure that the children will feel secure, that they will be able to talk, and feel that they will be heard.
The PSHE curriculum plays a crucial role in this process. Although this formal curriculum is important, the culture of the school, the strength of the tutorial system and the positive relationships formed between children and teachers all strengthen our overall level of care and increase the likelihood that that our children may feel able to confide in us, and that we will ourselves be aware of any causes for concern. Our day-to-day contact with the children means that we are well placed to observe any child protection issues.
Mrs J Cooper is the designated Child Protection Officer in the Senior School. Miss K Wright is the designated Child Protection Officer in the Junior Schools/Nurseries. Mr P Hayden and Miss J Allen are the deputy DSPs respectively in the Senior and Junior Schools. All staff receive training on child protection issues, and this training is regularly updated.
The Children Act (1989) requires that all school staff pass on information which gives rise to a concern about a child's welfare, including risk from non-accidental injury, neglect, emotional or sexual abuse, to the Headmaster and/or the designated Child Protection Officer. The school will seek, in general, to discuss any concerns with parents and, where possible, seek their consent for any referral to the Social Services Department. However, this can only be done where such discussion and agreement will not place the child at increased risk of significant harm.
In all such matters, the school is bound by and willingly complies with its legal obligations and, with regard to the above, the School follows the procedures set out in our Child Protection Policy. This full policy is available by clicking on the link above.
The United Learning Safeguarding Children guidelines are available by clicking the following link http://bit.ly/Zt3ezP