The Designated Safeguarding Leader for pupils of Northill CofE VA Lower School will remain is:
Mr Chris Macinnes, Interim Headteacher
The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Kate Hopewell, SENDCo and reception class teacher
At least one member of this team will be available on site or via telephone each day
At Northill C of E VA Lower School we work hard to maintain an environment where children are safe and secure. We have the highest expectations of staff, governors and volunteers to adhere to important policies and guidance to protect pupils at all times.
All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly
The welfare of every child remains paramount
All children have the right to be protected from harm
All staff and volunteers working at the school have a responsibility to report concerns to the designated member of staff
We actively support the Government's Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism.
We have clear staff recruitment and selection procedures, ensuring that all staff (including volunteers) who have unsupervised access to children, have been appropriately checked for their suitability through the Disclosure Barring Service check.
Children know that they can approach any of the adults in school if they are worried and that they will receive a consistent supportive response.
The curriculum is designed to ensure there are opportunities for children to develop the skills they need to recognise and stay safe from abuse. At the Northill CofE VA Lower School we offer a safe and nurturing environment, free from discrimination where children can learn and develop happily.
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.
The persons in our school responsible for child protection are:
Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mr Chris Macinnes (Interim Headteacher)
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mrs Kate Hopewell (EYFS teacher and SENDCo)
Designated Safeguarding Governor: Mrs Sara Corbett
Northill C of E VA Lower School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.