‘Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all practitioners should make sure their approach is child-centred. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.’
Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE 2021)
At Gusford, keeping children safe is at the forefront of everything we do. We expect all staff, governors and volunteers to share this commitment to safeguarding our pupils. We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. All school staff are trained in Safeguarding, and children are made aware of the adults they can talk to if they have any concerns. Staff are trained to look out for signs of physical/emotional harm or neglect and are required to report these to a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) without delay.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies, when there are concerns about a child's welfare. 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.
The procedures we follow have been laid down by the Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership (SSP). The SSP is a statutory multi-agency organisation which brings together agencies who work to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people in Suffolk. If you want to know more about this procedure, please speak to one of our Designated Safeguarding Leads or our Safeguarding Policy can be downloaded from the school website.
We actively support the Government's Prevent Agenda to counter radicalisation and extremism.
Designated Teacher for Looked After Children - Carmen Hopkins (Deputy Head - Inclusion & Pastoral)
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and Assistant DSLs can be contacted via email@example.com or by telephoning the school office.
Carmen Hopkins - Deputy Headteacher (Lead DSL)
Pippa Wake - Head of School
Kim Wright - Family Engagement Team
Tanya Mann - Family Engagement Team
Pippa Coleman - SENDCo
They can be contacted by phoning the school on 01473 682148 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are concerned about a child’s welfare, you can contact the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub directly via the Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership website or by telephoning Customer First on 0800 800 4005.
If you are concerned that a child is at immediate risk of harm, please telephone 999 immediately.
If your concern relates to the actions or behaviour of a member of staff, then you should report this to one of the DSLs, who will refer the matter to the Executive Headteacher (or the Chair of Governors if the concern relates to the Executive Headteacher).