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Acting Headteacher Mrs Sharifah Lee - Designated Safeguarding Lead
Acting Deputy Headteacher/SENDCo Miss S Davies - Deputy Designated Lead
Vice Chair of Governors Mr R Keshvara - Safeguarding Governor
Statement of Safeguarding
At Dorney School the health, safety and well-being of every child is our top priority. We expect all staff, governors and volunteers to share this commitment to safeguarding our pupils.
We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. All school staff are trained in Child Protection, and children are made aware of the adults they can talk to if they have any concerns.
To promote a safe environment for pupils, our selection and recruitment policy includes checks on staff and regular volunteers’ suitability, including Disclosure Barring Service checks, as recommended by Buckinghamshire County Council in accordance with current legislation.
In accordance with our responsibilities under section 175/157 of the Education Act 2002, and as set out in 'Keeping Children Safe in Education'; We have a Designated Person for Child Protection. Mrs Lee, our Acting Headteacher, has received appropriate training for this role and is Dorney School’s Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL Officer).
There are occasions that our concern about a child may mean that we have to consult other agencies. Whilst we would always aim to work in partnership with parents there may be exceptions to this when concerns are raised for the protection of a child.
On very rare occasions Social Care, whilst undertaking an investigation under s47 of the Children Act 1989, may want to speak to a child without parents’ knowledge. This would be a decision made in collaboration with partner agencies and would only be done in situations where a child might be at immediate risk. To gain consent at this point may increase the level of risk to the child or cause evidence of a crime to be lost.
The procedures, which we follow, have been laid down by the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board, and the school has adopted a Child Protection Policy in line with this for the safety of all.
We all have a responsibility for keeping children safe. If you have any safeguarding concerns about a child this should be brought to the attention of the above trained people.