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 the policy which is available on our policies page or on request from the school office.
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, Miss V Eglesfield, Office Manager and Mrs W Pyke, School Business Manager
Our Safeguarding Governor is: Jenny Wilsher
If you are concerned about a child’s welfare, please record your concern, and any observations or conversations heard, and report this to one of the DSL team 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 Surrey Children’s Single Point of Access (C-SPA) Phone: 0300 470 9100 (Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm); Out of hours phone: 01483 517898 to speak to the emergency duty team. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Executive Headteacher, Co-Heads of School (or the Chair of Governors if the concern relates to the Executive Headteacher) – who will consider what action to take.