Bedmond Academy
May 10 2018

Keeping Children Safe

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Designated Safeguarding Lead: Miss J Harris, Principal

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: Miss E Ayrton, Assistant Principal

At Bedmond Academy, the health, safety and well – being of every child are paramount. We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us.

To promote a safe environment for pupils, our safer recruitment policy includes all checks on staff and regular volunteers, including the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks. Our staff also receive annual safeguarding updates and receive regular training in this area.

The procedures that we follow have been set by the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board and Bedmond Academy has a statutory Child Protection Policy that can be accessed in the Policy section of this website. If you would like to know more about our procedures please contact the office to book an appointment with Miss Harris or Miss Ayrton.

If you have a concern about a child, we invite you to talk to Miss Harris or Miss Ayrton. There is also the option to call Children’s Services on 0300 123 4043.  You can also contact the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000.

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First Aid

We have trained members of staff, designated to oversee first aid, including paediatric first aid, and there are a number of first aid kits situated around school.

Where there is any cause for concern, staff deal with children with the utmost sensitivity and always seek guidance from the Principal. Wherever necessary, parents will be contacted or asked to come into school immediately so that they are part of the decision making process for such matters.

In the case of an emergency, the school will call for emergency treatment first before contacting the parent.

Site Security

Bedmond Academy is a secure site. All entrances and exits to the school are secured during school hours and the only access to the school during the day is through the school main entrance.We have clear routines and procedures in place, but the site is only as secure as the people who use it and the whole school community has a responsibility to help us maintain security. Our children and parents are crucial to this process and we encourage you to report any concerns to the school office.

Appointment and induction of staff and work placements

All staff appointed to work in school have a criminal records search called a DBS check. This search highlights people who have a criminal record or if previous allegations have been made against them. If any member of staff is found to have a criminal record, the appointment is reconsidered by the Principal and the Personnel committee of the Governing Body. The LA is informed directly by the Disclosure and Barring Service.

The Principal has undertaken the training on Safer Recruitment and sits on all appointment panels where the candidates are external applicants.

Induction of volunteers

All volunteers must also have DBS clearance. For any extended contact with children, when children may be left alone with an adult, or when an adult visitor may be in and around the school building, a full DBS search will be conducted. Visitors who do not yet have clearance will under no circumstance be left alone with a child or group of children.

Welcoming Visitors

We confirm that all visitors with a professional role – eg visiting teachers, the School Nurse or members of the police – have relevant clearance. Students who work within our school community also have their DBS clearance confirmed. Anyone who spends time in school without this confirmation will be accompanied at all times.