Caldecote Church of England Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all members of the school community to share this commitment. To this end we will endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued.
The safety and well being of all children and young people is of paramount importance. We recognise that parents and carers send their children to school each day with the expectation that the school provides a safe and secure environment in which their children can flourish. We therefore have a wide range of measures in place to ensure this is put into practice and is maintained.
Children have a right to feel safe and should be protected. Safeguarding children is everyone's responsibility. If you have any concerns about a child within the school, please contact a member of staff immediately. If you do not feel able or confident speaking to a member of staff you should contact the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub: 0300 300 8585 or LSCB (Local Safeguarding Children Board).
The school staff are trained to be alert to signs of abuse and neglect and will follow the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) procedures to ensure that children receive appropriate and effective support and protection.
Parents and carers should know that the law requires all school staff to pass on information which gives rise to concern about a child's welfare, including risk from neglect. The staff will seek, in general, to discuss any concerns with the parent/carer and, where possible, inform them of the referral to Social Care. This will only occur where such discussion will not place the child at increased risk of significant harm.
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 are safe and receive the right support.
School will seek advice from Social Care when they have reasonable cause to suspect a child may be suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. Occasionally concerns are passed on which are later shown to be unfounded. Parents/carers will appreciate that the member of staff in the school responsible for Child Protection (known as the Designated Lead) is charged with carrying out their responsibilities in accordance with the law and acting in the best interest of the child.
We have a number of policies in place which support our ethos for ensuring our children are safe, secure and in an environment where they can learn, thrive and Shine. These are available from our Policies section and include:
Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy
Child Not Collected Protocol
Code of Conduct
First Aid and Medical Conditions Policies
Health and Safety Policy
ICT Acceptable Use Policy
Intimate Care Policy
Looked After Child Policy
Safer Recruitment Policy
Site Security Policy
All our staff and volunteers have an induction schedule which includes safeguarding training and every member of staff has formal training every two years. This knowledge is maintained throughout the school year with bitesize reminders and updates on current practices and law.
As a school we take time to assess all applications and include clear expectations around safeguarding and suitability to work with children. We apply these protocols and expectations to regular volunteers too. Candidates are expected to answer questions around safeguarding during their recruitment selection interview.
We have three members of staff who may undertake the Designated Child Protection Officer role (Designated Lead). These are Mr Pointon (Headteacher), Mrs Hulbert (SENDCo) and Mrs Campbell (Senior Teacher). The person responsible for Safeguarding at the Academy Trust is Lizzie Jeanes (Deputy Director of Education).
We have stringent management and maintenance of our site to ensure it is safe and secure which includes management of visitors to our site. All visitors must sign in and wear a visitor badge and are escorted unless they have met our vetting requirements to work in school unsupervised. All internal gates are secured or locked during the school day.
The Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) deals with referrals from professionals and members of the public who may have concerns about a child's welfare. It makes the process of dealing with referrals quicker and more effective by improving the way County Council: Children's Social Care, Central Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue, Youth Offending Service and Education, work alongside other partner agency colleagues including Bedfordshire Police, Central Bedfordshire Health Partners, National Probation Service and the East of England Ambulance Service to share information.