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Safeguarding Children and Child Protection


School Professional Training

All staff have annual Safeguarding and Child Protection Training. For the academic year 2019-2020 staff have received information about the new Department for Education  statutory document: Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019 with a reminder of the key elements in the statutory 'Keeping Children Safe in Education' effective of September 2019.

In addition to the above, each term there are regular updates and reminders given through the staff meetings in order to ensure that staff are kept abreast of new initiatives and legislation.

School Guidance and Procedures

All Staff, Governors and Volunteers have read and noted the statutory guidance – Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019. Please refer to the link above for this document which is the 'golden thread' which runs through all of our Safeguarding procedures. We have reviewed our safeguarding procedures in light of the revised Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019 which took effect as of 4th September 2019.

At Prior's Mill  we recognise our responsibility and duties to report Safeguarding and Child Protection concerns to the Social Services Department and to assist Social Services in Child Protection enquiries and in supporting children in need.

The school raises Safeguarding and Child Protection concerns with parents / carers at the earliest appropriate opportunity and ensures that all staff are given appropriate training in Safeguarding and Child Protection issues, as recommended in the guidance. At Prior's Mill, staff regularly update their Sageguarding knowledge. The Head Teacher attends Local Authority training on a termly basis and cascades information to staff via the vehicle of weekly staff meetings.  

Information on the Use of Reasonable Force can be found here.

Safer Recruitment Training

At Prior's Mill we ensure that safer recruitment remains a priority under our safeguarding arrangements. Key leadership staff and governors have been trained in safer recruitment and all adults who work with children must have Disclosure Barring Service  (DBS)  clearance. Designated members of staff will be released to receive regular enhanced training to enable them to carry out their roles effectively. We also have published a  clear Safer Recruitment Policy and Safeguarding Principles that set out the expectations for staff, volunteers and governors at our school.

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