The Queens’Federation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment. Staff work hard to maintain an environment where children feel safe and secure.
The curriculum is designed to ensure opportunities for children to develop the skills they need to stay safe. Children know that they can approach any of the adults in school if they are worried and that they will receive a consistent supportive response.
In recognising our responsibilities for Safeguarding and Child Protection, as a school we:
- have clear staff recruitment and selection procedures, ensuring that all staff (including volunteers) who have unsupervised access to children, have been appropriately checked for their suitability through the DBS procedure.
- aim to raise awareness of child protection issues and equip children with the skills needed to keep them safe.
- develop and implement procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases of abuse.
- support children who have a child protection plan.
- establish a safe and nurturing environment free from discrimination or bullying where children can learn and develop happily.
We have many parents helpers in school helping class teachers in a variety of ways, such as listening to readers, overseeing art and craft activities, supporting children using the computers, supervising swimming, helping in the library, transporting children to sports matches, accompanying classes on outings or completing classroom administrative tasks – the list is endless! Your time and talents are always greatly valued by staff.
In accordance with legal requirements all parents volunteering at school must complete a Registration Form for Voluntary Helpers available at the school office or to download from our Volunteering page. Where parents are working with children unsupervised they will be required to have an Enhanced DBS Check, which the school office will process. We are bound by Local Authority guidance to report any suspected incident of child abuse or neglect to Social Services. The Queens’ Federation acknowledges the distress this causes families, particularly if after the investigation is completed the allegations are proved to be groundless. Nevertheless we have a duty to act in the best interests of the child and we hope parents will endeavour to work with the school and to maintain a positive relationship with our staff should such circumstances arise.
If you would like to know more about our policy or procedures for Safeguarding, please speak to Caroline Peet, Executive Headteacher, who is our Designated Lead for Child Protection.
To view our policies page where our Safeguarding and Child Protection policy can be found please click here.