Aldrington School fully recognises its responsibilities for child protection. It aims to ensure that children are effectively safeguarded from the potential risk of harm and that the safety and wellbeing of all children is of the highest priority in all aspects of the school’s work. In addition, it aims to maintain an ethos whereby children, staff, parents and governors feel able to articulate concerns comfortably, safe in the knowledge that effective action will be taken as appropriate.
Our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy and Procedures apply to all adults, including volunteers, working in or on behalf of the school. It is expected that everyone working in or for our school, as well as members of our school community, share the responsibility to keep children safe from harm and abuse and report any concerns to one of our Designated Safeguarding Team:
Miss Teresa Hill, Deputy Headteacher: Designated Safeguarding Lead
Miss Verity Coates, Headteacher: Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Debby Butters, Assistant Headteacher: Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Rosa Griffiths, SEND Co-ordinator: Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
We welcome volunteers, including parents, into our school, but at all times ensure that such volunteers are suitable to work with children. Those who volunteer time with the children on a regular basis are required to undergo enhanced DBS checks.
The value of direct teaching on the subjects of respect, healthy relationships and keeping oneself safe is recognised as a key feature of the school’s proactive and preventative approach to safeguarding. Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) teaching includes units on themes and topics such as Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco Education; Relationships Education; Sex Education; Feeling Good, Feeling Safe; and Online Safety. Children are encouraged to explore and discuss these issues in a safe environment. Parents and carers of older children, who undertake specific units of work on sex education, will be informed before the teaching takes place and have the opportunity to view teaching materials.
At Aldrington, we take the safeguarding of all children and adults extremely seriously. As a result, we will share information with other professionals if we deem it to be relevant.
Our school supports all pupils by participating in Operation Encompass. This means that we receive notification from the police of domestic violence and abuse incidents involving children from Aldrington (incidents in which a child was present or ordinarily resides at the incident location/with an involved party).