AT BARNEHURST THE HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELL-BEING OF EVERY CHILD IS OUR TOP PRIORITY.
All staff, governors and volunteers share this commitment to safeguarding our children.
We listen to our students 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/sexual harm or neglect and are required to report these to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL). Students are able to report concerns to any member of staff who will take them seriously.
The procedures which we follow have been laid down by the Bexley Area Safeguarding Team and the Governing Body has adopted a Safeguarding (including Child Protection) Policy in line with this, for the safety of all. On occasions our concern about a child may mean that we have to consult other agencies. We will ensure that all concerns are discussed with parent/carers first, before any referrals are made, unless we believe that such a move may be contrary to a child’s welfare.
We actively support the Government’s Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism. All staff have received training in how to identify possible signs of radicalism, extremism and FGM.
If you are concerned about the safety of any child attending the school or you think they are at risk in any way, you should make contact with our designated safeguarding lead or one of our other DSL trained staff.
· Louise Shields – DSL – Headteacher
· Nicki Evans – Deputy DSL –Family Engagement and Wellbeing Leader
· Tamara Hunter - Deputy DSL - Deputy Headteacher
Any concern will be recorded and acted upon in line with the agreed policy.
The Governing Body also has a designated safeguarding member. This is Dean Gardiner who can be contacted via the Clerk to the Governors in the event you wish to raise concerns about the school’s safeguarding procedures or polices.