Our original policy and ethos was created in collaboration with the NSPCC. We have been externally validated as 'excellent' by an independent safeguarding consultancy firm. Ofsted no longer has grades for safeguarding unfortuntately, with it just being a 'met' or 'not met' judgement, but we of course met all criteria.
For information regarding GDPR (Data Protection) in line with the new legislation, please read the statement at the end of the page which is explained to all students and parents.
PLEASE ALSO SEE OUR KEY POLICIES TAB WHICH IS WHERE YOU CAN LOCATE OUR FULL SAFETY POLICY SUITE
"WE BELIEVE THAT IT ISN'T PAPER THAT KEEPS PEOPLE SAFE - IT'S A LIVED ETHOS, COMMON SENSE AND VIGILANCE! Our situation is unique as many of our young people are particularly vulnerable in terms of their mental health, so for us safeguarding is both central in purpose and wide in context" Proprietor & Executive Head Bev White talking to LBC 2018
Security is paramount. All visitors entering the site need to show identification and have an A4 information card to read and agree for their particular role / visit reason - only when we feel satisfied will a visitor pass be issued.
Reducing germs in important. Even before Covid we asked all visitors to wear shoe covers or remove their shoes, and hand gel has always been used - this is because many of our students really struggle if they are physically unwell as it induces further anxiety.
Quality face-to-face training and exams are important. All staff have safeguarding training, but unlike other settings the vast majority of our staff are trained to Ofqual Level 3. This means they have carried out safeguarding leadership training and passed a registered exam. This training is comprehensive, face-to-face and pass or fail.
Specialist knowledge gives us an edge in varied situations. All staff have to gain at least one further specialist qualification in a relevant area of safeguarding so each topic has its own 'advocate'.
Ensuring staff have a sounding board and support is essential. Each half term there is a half day safeguarding closure led by our deputy DSL Nickie and all staff take part in safeguarding supervision and mental health reviews - ensuring they are personally fit for their roles.
Regular, relevant information is key. We have three 'quick find' support folders covering all the latest legislation, policy and advice on the individual topics. As legislation changes, or in response to the weekly CASPAR update from the NSPCC, staff sign that they are aware of changes and actively seek out opportunities to further promote safeguarding as a top priority.
An open and honest approach is beneficial. Staff on site have two lanyards - one has their name, DBS number and job role clearly displayed with their photograph. On the reverse are emergency contact numbers. The other indicates their First Aider status and contains their certification cards for First Aid, Fire Safety,Safeguarding pass card and others.
A dynamic and constant assessment of risk is needing in our setting. Staff have annual risk assessment training which is again face-to-face and practical. Staff write risk assessments for new activities and 'set' risk assessments for regular activities are reviewed with the staff and children before the session takes place - this occurs for every daily walk for example.
Our key worker system ensures that families have a genuine link and support between home and school.
All staff are provided with additional supervision, coaching and mentoring at a level that meets the needs of their role. Once every half term all the staff meet and discuss the children one by one - ensuring a joined-up and information sharing approach.
Increased resource is a real bonus! Due to being associated with Big Bear Bespoke Education we are able to access high quality consultatn services at little or no cost.
The young people are involved in our safeguarding processes:
All young people have the opportunity to train in First Aid
We have a Safeguarding student rep who works with the Designated Safeguarding Lead Team of 3 staff to consider wider campaigns, awareness and minority group issues
We have a Health & Safety student rep who works with the Associate Executive Head to carry out fire drills, daily health and safety walks and review policy in practice
GOVERNANCE / EMAT MEMBERS
*Ofqual safeguarding trainer and consultant
*Chair having worked on safeguarding of vulnerable children in a variety of challenging settings
*we are lucky to have a Health and Safety Governor who was a chief fire officer for the Channel Tunnel and is currently health and safety manager for an academy chain of schools.
Safeguarding Statement on all vacancy adverts: We are a setting for extremely vulnerable young people and as such we are very aware that we will attract those who may have undesirable intentions towards children. We are committed to ensuring that children, young people and vulnerable adults are safeguarded when in our care. As such we are unable to accept CVs. If you like what you see and are interested in working with us you will need to visit ETeach or Indeed. where we advertise all our current vacancies. We follow a rigorous selection and interview process, and all applications are via an ETeach application form which we carefully consider. All posts with us are subject to continued checks, including references, disbarred from teaching, disbarred from working with young people, section 128 and DBS, and we continue to monitor the behaviours and working practices of all adults, including freelance practitioners and volunteers closely, to ensure all students are safe, happy and learning well. In addition adults are expected to make a declaration each term that they are fit to work with children and further checks are made on their current status. Prospective teachers and helpers can join our ETeach portal to be notified of vacances as they arise. All adults, including visiting professionals, are expected to have high standards of professional conduct and put the safety of young people first at all times. At this setting we have a live and real belief that 'It could happen anywhere' and staff have lots of supervision opportunities in which to raise any concerns they may have regarding fellow staff members in confidence.
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SOURCES OF HELP
These services are not associated with us. We are not responsible for the quality of service they provide, we are recommending them based on the positive experiences of some young people known to us. By inclusion in this list nor are we suggesting that we are in any way affiliated with these servcies.
ANXIETY UK - Support, online counselling, magazine, advice
Text line: 07537416905
Info line: 03444775774
A magazine packed full of useful articles around not just ASD, but the mental health aspects associated with it - fascinating reading and lots of signalling to specialist support.
Website provides support for young people, professionals and parents. Young people who feel they are having a mental health crisis can get instant emergency support by texting YM to 85258
OCD UK - advice, online counselling, support and magazine. Dedicated youth services.
PAPYRUS - suicide prevention young people's hotline 0800 068 41 41
An eating disorder support service - smaller than some of the bigger associations, but specifically aimed at young people.