At Ashlands C of E First School Safeguarding is of the greatest importance.
Our Safeguarding Statement and Ethos
As a Federation we recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all pupils. We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children and young people are respected and valued. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure children and young people receive effective support, protection and justice.
A duty is placed on the school and governing body to protect and promote the welfare of children. At Ashlands CE First School we are committed to promoting the safety and wellbeing of the children within our community by following the guidelines offered by the Somerset Safeguarding Board. When necessary we work in partnership with other agencies such as Social Care and Health, the local Health Authority, Parent and Family Support and the Police to keep children in our care safe.
If there is any cause for concern over the wellbeing of a child within our school community, all staff, pupils, volunteers and parents should be aware of who to contact within the school staff.
The designated person for Safeguarding and Child Protection issues within Ashlands CofE First School is the Executive headteacher, Miss Nicola Ball. In case of her absence or unavailability the Deputy Designated Person is Mr William Pearse. The school governor with responsibility for Safeguarding and Child Protection is Mrs Liz Popham.
All staff have undertaken basic safeguarding awareness training and have been alerted to the signs and symptoms of abuse or neglect in children. Teaching staff are also aware of the PREVENT duty to reduce the risk of extremist behaviour and radicalisation. If a child discloses any concerning information to an adult working in our school, the adult is asked not to question the child or comment on the disclosure. A designated child protection person is informed as soon as possible and a factual record of the disclosure is made. All concerns which are brought to our attention are recorded confidentially as recommended by the Somerset Safeguarding Children’s Board. Disclosures made which compromise the safety of an individual cannot be kept a secret. The Somerset Safeguarding Children’s Board can be contacted directly on 0300 123 2224.
To visit the Somerset Safeguarding Children’s Board Website – Click on the image below:
To view or download our Policy for Safeguarding and Child Protection, which is reviewed and adopted annually by the Governing Body – Click here:
To view or download our tri-fold information leaflet for parents about the PREVENT Duty and how the school is looking to minimise extremism and radicalisation – Click here: Prevent Leaflet
Child Sex Offender Disclosure Scheme (Sarah’s Law)
This scheme gives members of the public (eg parent, carer, guardian, or another interested party) a formal mechanism to make enquiries about individuals who are in contact with children. If police checks show the individual has a record for offences that might put the child at risk, the police will consider sharing this with the person(s) best placed to protect the child. For more information click the Home Office Leaflet below.
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Please find information below on the Young Victims Service.