Child Protection, Safeguarding and E Safety
Designated Safeguarding Lead - Toby Long - Head Teacher
Additional Designated Safeguarding Lead - Beverley Accastello - Deputy Head Teacher
Additional Designated Safeguarding Lead - Kay Taylor - EYFS Leader
Safeguarding and Child Protection Governor - Mike Weatherburn
Deputy Safeguarding and Child Protection Governor - Julia Dawson
They can be contacted via the school office 01494 762552 or firstname.lastname@example.org
First response: 0845 4600001 (0800 999 7677 - out of hours)
NSPCC - 0808 800 5000
ChildLine - 0800 11 11
Bucks Family Information Service: 01296 383065 - www.bucksfamilyinfo.org
Education Safeguarding Advisory Service (ESAS) Bucks County Council - Advice service: 01296 382912
Bucks Safeguarding Children Board: 01296 383485 www.bucks-lscb.org.uk
Educate Against Hate Website
The ‘Educate Against Hate’ website offers parents, teachers and school leaders practical advice to protect children from the dangers of extremism, drawing on resources and guidance designed by the government and charities such as the NSPCC and Childnet.
The Educate Against Hate website is here: http://www.educateagainsthate.com/
Internet Safety is really important to us at St George's School. The Internet is a fantastic resource for discovering, communicating and creating.
We want to ensure that we teach a balanced view of these amazing new technologies - recognising the wonderful opportunities that they represent and teaching the children to use them well, whilst understanding the dangers and how to stay safe.
We hope that children and parents will find this information interesting and informative.
“At St George’s CE Infant School, the health, safety and well-being of children is of paramount concern to us. We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. Our aim is for children to enjoy their time as pupils in this school. We want to work in partnership with you to help your child achieve their full potential and make a positive contribution to the world they will be part of in the future.
To promote a safe environment for pupils, our selection and recruitment policy includes all checks on staff and regular volunteers’ suitability, including Disclosure and Barring Service checks, as recommended by Buckinghamshire County Council as governed by current legislation.
In accordance with our responsibilities under section 175/157 of the Education Act 2002 and “Keeping Children Safe in Education “ September 2016, we have a Designated Safeguarding Lead for Child Protection (Toby Long) who is a member of the senior management team, and has received appropriate training for this role. It is their responsibility to ensure that all staff in contact with children receive child protection awareness training on a regular basis.
Occasions do arise when our concern about a child requires us to consult other agencies. Whilst we would always aim to work in partnership with parents there may be exceptions to this when concerns are raised for the protection of a child.
On very rare occasions Social Care, whilst undertaking an investigation under s47 of the Children Act 1989, may want to speak to a child without a parents’ knowledge. This would be a decision made in collaboration with partner agencies and would only be done in situations where a child might be at immediate risk. To gain consent at this point may increase the level of risk to the child or cause evidence of a crime to be lost.
The procedures, which we follow, have been laid down by the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board, and the school has adopted a Child Protection Policy in line with this for the safety of all. If you want to know more about our procedures, please speak to the Headteacher, Toby Long or your child’s class teacher: the Policy can be found at www.stgeorgesamersham.org.uk/policies/
Supporting Victims of Domestic Violence
Helping Hands is a support group facilitated by Women’s Aid run for children who have experienced or
witnessed domestic violence and who are now living in a safe environment. A new group started in September 2013 at Elmhurst Children’s Centre for children aged 8 to 11. Other age groups are catered for at different times of the year. For more information or to make a referral please contact Susan Smith on 01296 436827 or email@example.com.