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Safeguarding at Sandfields Primary School

The general safety and well being of our children is paramount to us and influences all that we aim to achieve at Sandfields.  In order to ensure that we comply with expectations, a number of procedures and practices are in place.  These include :

  • A ‘single central record’ with details of all employees.
  • Records of any racist incidents.
  • Records of any bullying and harassment incidents.
  • Record of any welfare concerns.
  • Risk assessments.

Our employment procedures within a Single Central Record include details of enhanced DBS checks, proof of identity checks, a record of qualifications, evidence of permission to work and the date checks were made and by whom.

With regard to the appointment of staff, the recruitment panel includes a member of staff who has been trained in safe recruitment practices and gained the necessary qualification.

We are also conscious of our responsibility to closely monitor and support recognised vulnerable groups of children (e.g. pupils who are ‘looked after’ or are on the child protection register).  To help us discharge the duty, we work closely with key external agencies to ensure safeguarding practices are complied with.

We provide a secure site for our children and adults are asked to adhere to our rules.  School gates are kept locked except at the start and end of the day.  Visitors may enter only through the main entrance after signing in at the office.

Related documentation that support our safeguarding practice include our:

  • Health and Safety policy
  • Behaviour, Discipline and Anti-bullying policy
  • Child protection policy
  • Attendance policy
  • First Aid policy
  • Confidential Reporting policy

All staff are trained in relation to child protection and a school child protection officer has been identified.  Being safe and feeling safe are the two main outcomes for our children.  We spend time talking to them to discuss any concerns and how effectively our policy operates in practice.

The Designated Teacher for Child Protection/Safeguarding for the School is: Mr Mark Dennis, Headteacher. 

The Deputy Designated Teacher for Child Protection/Safeguarding for the School is: Mrs Helen Bird, Deputy Headteacher. 

The Nominated Governor for Child Protection/Safeguarding for the School is: Mrs Susan Chaves. 

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