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Safeguarding at Rushcroft

Safeguarding Statement

All staff employed by the school are required to read and understand Part 1 of Keeping Children Safe in Education, (current edition). Understanding is promoted through formal and informal training and through strands of this statutory guidance being woven into policy documents which underpin the work of staff and which are available to them at all times electronically in Fronter and in hard copy in the school staffroom.

Safeguarding legislation and government guidance states that safeguarding means:

  • Protecting children from maltreatment
  • Preventing impairment of children’s health or development
  • Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
  • Taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcome

Safeguarding includes Child Protection, Health Care Plans, Health and Safety, Site security, safety on school trips, anti-bullying work, promoting positive mental health and so much more. Recently the government has recognised the vital part that schools can play within the ‘Prevent’ agenda and staff have undertaken training on anti-radicalisation and extremism. Other recent specific training for Child Protection team members has included training about female genital mutilation and two members of the team have the Mental Health First Aid qualification. The school has a Mental Health Key Worker from the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service within North East London Foundation Trust (NHS) who is in school for one full day each week. This is all part of safeguarding.

 

The Child Protection team consists of:

Mr G Sonuga (extension 223)

Ms L Shakespeare (extension 233)

Mr L Baker (extension 260)

Mr S Reed (extension 228)

Ms V Godsave (extension 214/259)

 

The school has a suite of Safeguarding policies.  These are:

These policies are reviewed regularly.  Copies of these, and all other school policies, can be obtained from the school (email office@rushcroft.com).  

All staff receive annual Child Protection and Safeguarding update training and are aware of the procedures for passing on concerns within school. Trained staff then ensure that external support is obtained for the pupil immediately, when appropriate.

If any member of the school or local community has concerns about the welfare of a child in the school, please pass them on.