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.

Safeguarding means:

  • 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.

Online Safety

Online safety is an integral part of safeguarding. Accordingly, this policy is written in line with ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ 2021 (KCSIE) and other statutory documents; it is designed to sit alongside the school’s Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy.

The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) will take lead responsibility for any online safety issues and concerns and follow the school’s safeguarding and child protection procedures.

 

Anti Bullying

At Rodmersham children are encouraged to be kind and respectful to each other at all times. This philosophy is enshrined in our school ethos, school rules  and our Managing and Motivating behaviour policy.

Staff encourage children to treat each other with respect, they model this behaviour towards one another and with children.

When children are unkind towards one another they are reminded of the expectations should be.

Accessibility Plan

This plan outlines how Rodmersham School aims to improve access to education for pupils with disabilities as required by the planning duties in the Equality Act 2010.

A person has a disability if they have a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

This plan aims to:

  • Increase the extent to which pupils with disabilities can participate in the curriculum.

  • Improve the physical environment of the school to enable pupils with disabilities to take better advantage of education, benefits, facilities and services provided.

  • Improve the availability of accessible information to pupils with disabilities.

The above aims will be delivered within a reasonable timeframe, and in ways which are determined after taking into account pupils’ disabilities and the views of parents and pupils. In the preparation of an accessibility strategy, the LA must have regard to the need to allocate adequate resources in the implementation of this strategy.

The governing board also recognises its responsibilities towards employees with disabilities and will:

  • Monitor recruitment procedures to ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided with equal opportunities.

  • Provide appropriate support and provision for employees with disabilities to ensure that they can carry out their work effectively without barriers.

  • Undertake reasonable adjustments to enable staff to access the workplace.

The plan will be resourced, implemented, reviewed and revised in consultation with:

  • Pupils’ parents.

  • The headteacher and other relevant members of staff.

  • Governors.

  • External partners.

This plan is reviewed every three years to take into account the changing needs of the school and its pupils. The plan is also reviewed where the school has undergone a refurbishment.

 

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