At Chennestone School, we recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all pupils.
We make every effort to provide an environment in which children and adults feel safe, secure, valued and respected, and feel confident to talk if they are worried, believing they will be effectively listened to.
We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure children receive effective support, protection and justice. Child protection forms part of the school’s safeguarding responsibilities. We expect all staff, governors and volunteers to share this commitment to safeguarding our pupils.
We follow the Surrey Safeguarding Children Partnership’s (SSCP) procedures and have a number of policies and procedures in place with contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy.
At Chennestone we understand that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. All members of staff, including teaching and support staff, receive annual safeguarding training.
This covers all areas in the DFE document, ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ – including the Prevent Strategy, FGM and Child Sexual Exploitation.
The school has tight procedures that record issues that relate to child protection. We work with an array of agencies including Children’s Services, the School Nurse and the Police. Additional updates and training are given to staff as needed throughout the year.
OUR DSL TEAM
Mrs Duddy (Acting DHT) is our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
Mrs Duddy attends regular training to keep up-to-date with all issues relating to child protection and safeguarding.
Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are:
Mrs H Mulhall - Acting Executive Headteacher
Mrs J Govender - SENDCo
Mrs K McNamara - Home School Link Worker
The named Safeguarding governor is Mrs E Eggleton
All members on the school staff have to have an enhanced DBS check (Disclosure and Barring Service) in order to work in school. This is regardless of the employee’s role, or amount of contact they have with children. In addition, all volunteers and anybody else who has regular contact with children are checked. Visitors to the school either provide their own DBS on arrival or are members of professional bodies who are registered by their employer, such as OFSTED inspectors or Local Authority Employees who have a DBS through their own professional body.
Child on child abuse: please see bottom of page Child on child abuse - parent information leaflet.
Keeping children safe online:
NSPCC underwear rule:
Underwear Rule Parents and Carers’ Guide
Guide for parents and carers with learning disabilities
Underwear Rule Children’s Guide
Guide for children with learning disabilities
Guide for children with Autism
Leaving your child at home:
Law on leaving your child home alone (Gov.uk)
Support and advice services:
NSPCC: E-mail or telephone: 0808 8005000
CHILDLINE: Telephone: 08001111
PACE: (Parents against child exploitation) Tel: 0113 240 3040
ONE IN FOUR: (Advocacy service, counselling service and information service for those who have experiences sexual abuse.)