Safeguarding at Rodmersham
Our primary concern is to ensure all children at Rodmersham feel HAPPY and SAFE with us. If we can do this, then all of our children will be successful in their learning journey
Designated Senior Person for Safeguarding Children: Nicky McMullon
Deputy Persons for Safeguarding Children: Justine Williams and Maria Cooper
Nominated Rodmersham Governor responsible for Child Protection: David Roche
What is Safeguarding?
Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
preventing harm to children’s health or development
ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes.
Safeguarding children and child protection guidance and legislation applies to all children up to the age of 18.
What is Child Protection?
Child Protection is part of Safeguarding and promoting welfare. It refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specfic children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm.
SAFEGUARDING / Child Protection Policy
Mandatory Reporting of FGM - Procedural information
From 31 October 2015 it is mandatory for teachers, health and social workers to report to the police if they find, or are told, someone under 18 has undergone FGM. Please click here to obtain more information on the correct procedure to follow.
Keeping Children Safe in Education - September 2018
Please click here to access the statutory guidance from the Department for Education. The guidance states that 'all staff should be aware of systems within their school which support safeguarding and these should be explained to them as part of staff induction.
It is imperative that all staff (including volunteers) read this guidance (Have to read at least Part 1) and provide consent that they have done so (A register exists to determine this). Schools must have regard to the guidance when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. This document contains information on what schools should do and sets out the legal duties with which schools must comply.
The Prevent Duty
As part of Rodmersham's ongoing safeguarding and child protection duties we are fully behind the government's Prevent Strategy
From 1 July 2015 all schools are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in the exercise of their functions, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This duty is known as the Prevent Duty for Schools.
Rodmersham is committed to safeguarding, and promoting the welfare of all our children and families. We recognise that in an ever changing and fast moving world it is essential that we promote children's well-being, confidence and resilience, and that we provide them with up to date and age-appropriate information and signpost them to places where they can find support, where necessary.
We see protecting our children from the risk of radicalisation as part of our wider safeguarding duties, and that it is similar in nature to protecting students from other harms (e.g. drugs, gangs, cyber-bullying, neglect, and sexual exploitation), whether these come from within their family or are the product of outside influences. We acknowledge the ‘Prevent Duty’ and we have due regard to the need to prevent children and their families from being drawn into any illegal activity, including terrorism.
At Rodmersham School all staff and governors are expected to uphold the fundamental principles of British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. These values are promoted through our values and ethos, the curriculum, citizenship, assembly themes and PHSE work.
All our staff and governors have undertaken the Channel Awareness accredited training developed by the National Counter Policing Headquarters (NCTPHQ), in conjunction with the College of Policing which includes guidance on how to identify people who may be vulnerable to being drawn into Terrorism, and how to refer them into the Channel process. Channel is a key process within the Prevent strategy for assessing individuals’ vulnerability to being drawn into terrorism. It focuses on early intervention and diverting people away from risk.
Please click here to access departmental advice for schools on the Prevent Duty (DFE). Alternatively you can also refer to (Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018) above for further information as well as our Safeguarding/Child Protection Policy and British Values statement.
Referrals to Children's Social Care (First Access & Screeing Team - FAST)
Procedure for dealing with allegations of abuse against staff/headteacher
Please click here to access the policy. The policy (in line with statutory guidance from the DFE) is designed to ensure that all staff, students and parents or carers are aware of the procedure for the investigation of allegations of abuse in order that all complaints are dealt with consistently, and as efficiently as possible.
Online Training CPD (CP/Safeguarding)
Staff can access a variety of online training courses here. The courses which are run by EduCare is an online safeguarding, duty of care/education law and guidance learning service.
Website link for login: Kent CPD Online
Day to Day safeguarding: Collection at the end of the school day
New parents receive information regarding the end of the school day, with us asking you to notify us if your child leaves the school premises unaccompanied. Stringent measures have been put in place because we have every child’s safety as a priority and appreciate the end of the school day is an extremely busy time. Likewise, collection from our various afterschool clubs is as equally important. Ensure the Club Leader is made aware of collection arrangements – especially if this changes from one week to the next. To do this, please contact the school office.
We ask that you always share information with us; please don’t ever feel that you are making a fuss or we don’t need to know. Even at the top end of the school, our children are only 11 years old, and we must work together and communicate effectively. This will be even more important as and when the dark nights draw in.
As parents, your ideas on improvements we could make at school would always be welcomed.