At Tackley Church of England Primary School, we consider children’s safety to be of paramount importance. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy which can be viewed in the Policies section of our website.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.
We ensure that children are safe in the following ways:
- We have policies, procedures and risk assessments in line with the latest guidance from the Local Authority and the government; these are reviewed and updated annually.
- We have two Designated Persons responsible for staying up-to-date on all safeguarding issues and for making any contacts with external bodies. These are J. Settle (Headteacher) and J. Smith (Senior Teacher).
- Recruitment of staff follows the government’s Safer Recruitment guidance, to ensure the school only appoints suitable adults. Two members of staff and one governor have Safer Recruitment Training.
- All staff and governors receive a safeguarding induction and regular safeguarding updates (renewed at least every 3 years).
- We support the Government’s Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism.
- All adult volunteers are suitably checked (including Disclosure and Barring Service – DBS – checks) if they are to work without staff supervision, and sign a Volunteers Code of Conduct, which includes safeguarding induction.
- We share important safeguarding information with other relevant agencies, while keeping families informed and following data protection guidance.
- Safeguarding records are kept securely and accessed only by appropriate staff.
- Children with additional needs are assessed at an early stage.
- Child protection concerns are immediately reported to Children’s Services (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub).
- Safeguarding issues (such as anti-bullying and internet safety) are addressed in the curriculum.
- The school site is secure and all visitors are checked before entry, including being asked to sign in, show ID and wear a visitors’ badge.
- DBS checks are carried out on regular visitors who will be working without staff supervision.
Our Safeguarding Policy can be found on our Policies Page