At Girton Glebe Primary School, we take our Safeguarding responsibilities very seriously. This means that we ensure that everyone working in our school has successfully completed the necessary clearances to enable them to work with children.
We have a staff member who is specifically trained and nominated as the Designated Child Protection Officer/Safeguarding Lead within school. Our named person is our Headteacher, Mr Andrew Simpson, who has completed the Cambridgeshire accredited safer recruitment training and two-day child protection training. Mr Tom Austin is our second Designated Safeguarding member of staff and has also completed safer recruitment training, and Dr Lucy Wilson is our Safeguarding Governor.
We are all expected to share any concerns we have about staff conduct around children with the Headteacher. As in all schools, if there are concerns about the conduct of the Head, then these should be shared with the Chair of Governors. The staff ‘Whistleblowing Policy’ has been discussed and adopted and all staff have access to this document.
We follow the Cambridgeshire Local Authority’s Child Protection Procedures and the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board local guidance and we have systems in place to share concerns regarding children’s welfare with the designated person, with parents and with relevant external agencies. Part of our legal duty to safeguard our children may require us to consult specifically with, and take advice from, the Police or Children’s Social Care, should the need arise. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare. In accordance with local Information Sharing protocols, we will ensure that information is shared securely and sensitively. Information will only be shared with other services where it is deemed necessary and proportionate to ensure that children and young people are safe and receive the right service.
By working closely together as a staff and with our partner agencies, we firmly believe that we will continue to offer a safe learning environment for all our children.
Please take the time to read our policies and information and do not hesitate to contact the school should you have any questions about this very serious issue.
As part of our commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children at Girton Glebe Primary School, we ensure that our employment policies comply with the requirements of the Keeping Children Safe in Education (July 2015) legislation.
As part of Girton Glebe Primary School’s commitment to safeguarding and child protection we fully support the government’s Prevent Strategy, and take guidance from Teaching Approaches to help build resilience to extremism.
The Prevent strategy is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists, or supporting terrorism, fundamentalism or extremist behaviours. It:
- responds to the ideological challenge we face from terrorism and aspects of extremism, and the threat we face from those who promote these views
- provides practical help to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support
- works with a wide range of sectors (including education, criminal justice, faith, charities, online and health)
The Prevent lead at Girton Glebe Primary School is Mr Andrew Simpson, Headteacher.