Safeguarding is of paramount importance at UCPS and underpins all that we do. We are committed to providing a safe and secure environment for children, staff and visitors and promoting a climate where children and adults feel confident about sharing any concerns which they may have about their own safety or the wellbeing of others.
We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued.
Should you have any concerns about any child please contact the school Designated Person for Child Protection or/and the Headteacher.
Our Designated Safeguarding Officers are:
Mr Luke Rolls – Assistant Headteacher
Deputy Designated Person
Dr James Biddulph – Headteacher
Safeguarding Link Governor
Mrs Amy Weatherup (who can be contacted via the school office on 01223 792440)
All other staff are trained to identify and report any concerns they have to the designated safeguarding officers. This training is updated annually.
Keeping Children Safe in School
In line with good practice records are kept of:
- Discussions/observations with a child,
- Discussions/observations with a parent,
- Discussions/observations made by school staff,
- Decisions and actions taken (signed and with time and date noted).
- All confidential records are kept securely.
Anyone who has concerns about a child’s welfare can make a referral to a local authority children’s social care service. Referrals can come from the child themselves, professionals such as teachers, the police, GPs and health visitors as well as family members and members of the public. Local authority children’s social care has the responsibility to clarify with the referrer the nature of the concerns and how and why they have arisen.
Through all areas of the curriculum we encourage children to think about how to stay safe: At home, crossing the road, out on their own, or on the internet. Regular PHSE lessons, Philosophy sessions or Computing topics can provide especially good opportunities for children to discuss these issues.
The Role of the Governing Body
The Governing Body has a duty to ensure that the school meets its statutory responsibilities and ensure the the children and young people attending school are safe.
In addition to the statutory responsibility to record the attendance of children it is important that Governors follow up the processes for absence. An important risk factor in abuse and neglect is poor school attendance and tackling that is a key aspect of managing children’s safety.
A key aspect of safeguarding is the vetting of applicants and prospective volunteers working with children to make sure they are suitable.