At Charlton Horethorne Primary School we take our Safeguarding responsibilities very seriously. This means that we ensure that everyone working in our school has successfully completed the necessary clearances to enable them to work with children.
It also means that we have staff members who are specifically trained and nominated as the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL) within school.
Whole School Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mrs S Watkins
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mr P Sales
The Governor with responsibility for safeguarding is: Mrs A MacFarlane.
Mrs Williams has completed the DCSF accredited PREVENT training and this has been shared with all the staff.We are all expected to share any concerns we have about staff conduct around children with the Headteacher.
As in all schools, if there are concerns about the conduct of the Head, then these should be shared with the Chair of Governors; Stephen Fisher. He can be contacted via the School Office, 01963 220345.
The staff ‘Whistleblowing Policy’ has been discussed and adopted and all staff have access to this document.
We also follow the South West Child Protection Procedures and the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board local guidance and have systems in place to share concerns regarding children’s welfare with our CPOs, with parents and with relevant external agencies. Part of our legal duty to safeguard our children, may also include us needing to consult specifically with and take advice from, the Police or Children’s Social Care, should the need arise.
By working closely together as a staff and with our partner agencies, we firmly believe that we will continue to offer a safe learning environment for all our children.
Please take the time to read our policies and do not hesitate to contact the school should you have any questions about this very serious issue.
Our role is to:
Encourage a culture of sharing concerns
Be personally alert to the possible signs of abuse
To discuss any concerns with the appropriate adult without delay
DOING NOTHING IS NOT AN OPTION.