At Ravenscote 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‘ (updated September 2019) – including the Prevent Strategy, FGM and Child Sexual Exploitation.
Mrs Brookes is our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL). Mrs Brookes attends regular training to keep up-to-date with all issues relating to child protection and safeguarding. 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 Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are:
In the absence of Mrs Brookes, Mrs Wells acts as the DSL.
The named Safeguarding Governor is Mrs Angela McTernan.
All members on the school staff have to have a DBS check (Disclosure and Barring Service) in order to work in school. This is regardless of the employee’s role so that cleaners, admin staff as well as teachers must all be checked. 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. Any one-off visitor, such as a visiting author, either provides their own DBS or signs one of the school’s Occasional Visitors’ forms. Parents who help out occasionally on school trips or provide lifts for sporting events sign an Occasional Visitors’ form.
All areas of the school undergo biannual risk assessments by the school’s qualified risk assessor. This means that whist we cannot remove risk we have looked at ways of minimising that risk. These risk assessments are undertaken on areas such as classrooms, halls, playground and the car park. We carry out risk assessments for all school trips including our annual Year 4 and Year 6 residential trips.
In addition, risk assessments are undertaken on special events that might occur in the school - such as the Year 3 sleepover and the Year 5 Big Camp.
Access to the campus, both for vehicles and pedestrians is via security gates. Staff have access to the gates by key fob. Visitors can only gain access by gate release authorised by office staff. Access to the external doors where we have classrooms are by key codes. All fire exits are either twist lock or bar push exits.
The school has an Equality policy that monitors any possible discrimination in the school in relation to any of the nine protected characteristics (Equality Act 2010). The School also makes annual returns on any racist incidents.
Ravenscote Community Junior School Safeguarding Children Statement
At Ravenscote the Health and Safety of all children is of paramount importance. Parents send their children to school each day with the expectation that our school provides a secure environment in which their children can flourish through our vision of Engage - Enrich - Excel. We therefore have to ensure that this expectation becomes reality.
Further information is contained within our Safeguarding policy. Please click here for our School Policies.
If you would like some advice on how to keep you child safe online please see:
NSPCC Underwear Rule:
Thinking of leaving your child at home?
Are you worried about "Sharing nudes & semi-nudes" (commonly known as sexting)? Follow the link below:
OTHER USEFUL SITES:
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.)