Ashford CE Primary School recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all pupils. We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice. Child protection forms part of the school’s safeguarding responsibilities.
Ashford CE Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
This means that we have a Safeguarding Children Policy and procedures in place which are available on our policies page. All staff, (including supply staff, volunteers and governors) must ensure that they are aware of these procedures. Parents and carers are encouraged to read this Policy on request.
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 his/her parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.
Also part of the Safeguarding Team are: Mrs M Harries, Home School Link Worker and Mrs W Pyke, School Business Manager
If you are concerned about a child’s welfare, you should record your concern, and any observations or conversations heard, and then report this to one of the DSLs as soon as possible on the same day. DSL’s can be contacted via the school office. You can contact social services directly at the Multi Agency Referral Hub (MASH) directly on 0300 470 9100. Do NOT conduct your own investigation.
If your concerns relate to the actions or behaviour of a member of staff, (which could suggest that s/he is unsuitable to work with children) then you should report this to one of the DSLs in confidence, who will refer the matter to the Head of School (or the Chair of Governors if the concern relates to the Head of School or Executive Headteacher) – who will consider what action to take.