Notley High School & Braintree Sixth Form fully recognises its responsibilities for child protection.
Our policy applies to all staff, governors and volunteers working in the school. We are committed to:
- Ensuring we practise safe recruitment in checking the suitability of staff and volunteers to work with children.
- Raising awareness of child protection issues and equipping children with the skills needed to keep them safe.
- Developing and then implementing procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases, of abuse.
- Supporting students who have been abused in accordance with his/her agreed child protection plan.
- Establishing a safe environment in which children can learn and develop.
We recognise that because of the day-to-day contact with children, school staff are well placed to observe the outward signs of abuse. The school will therefore:
- Establish and maintain an environment where children feel secure, are encouraged to talk, and are listened to.
- Ensure children know that there are adults in the school whom they can approach if they are worried.
- Include opportunities in the Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) curriculum (which we teach weekly in a lesson called PDT – Personal Development Time) for children to develop the skills they need to recognise and stay safe from abuse.
We will follow the procedures set out by the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) and take account of guidance issued by the Department for Education.
Looked After Children (LAC)
Every school has a designated teacher for looked after children. Foster carers, residential workers and social workers should make Mrs Wager, Assistant Headteacher, their first point of contact for advice.
The Education of Looked After Children team is also available for advice and support.
Contact the Department for Education
Ministerial and Public Communications Division
Department for Education
Telephone: 0370 000 2288
Fax: 0161 600 1332
The national helpline is open between Monday and Friday, 9am to 5pm, although you may get a quicker answer by calling between 9am and 10am, or between 4pm and 5pm.