Our commitment to safeguarding encompasses ways which we ensure children and young people foster security, confidence and independence. The school has a duty of care and the right to take reasonable action to ensure the welfare and safety of its students. If a member of staff has cause to be concerned that a child may be subject to ill treatment, neglect or any other form of abuse, the school will follow child protection procedures and inform Children’s Services of its concern.
A clear policy on Safeguarding and Child Protection is available below and is reviewed by TSTC staff alongside the governing body on an annual basis.
There are designated lead staff who monitor the effectiveness of the policy and, where necessary, liaise with the local authority when significant safeguarding concerns arise.
If you have a concern that a child is being harmed, is at risk of harm, or you receive a disclosure (intentionally or unintentionally) you must contact one of the designated safeguarding leads as quickly as possible. You will find the names of these members of staff on the school’s Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy (below).
We will ensure all policies and procedures in respect of safeguarding children are up to date and in line with latest DfE legislation. The policies are accessible to all staff through the TSTC induction pathway and the policies portfolio. Policies and procedures are reviewed and revised by the governing body on a regular basis.
TSTC meets statutory requirements in relation to Disclosure & Barring Service – all staff and volunteers who work with TSTC who meet the ‘regulated activity test’ (Freedoms Act 2012) are required to undergo an enhanced DBS check prior to employment.
The governing body has ultimate responsibility for Safeguarding issues. Operationally, this responsibility is delegated to the Head Teacher, who leads on policy issues in relation to the safeguarding of children and adults at risk across the TSTC. Within our school there are Safeguarding Leads who lead on Safeguarding issues within their locality. They are clear about their role and have sufficient time and receive relevant support, and training, which includes close contact with outside agencies including Children’s Services, the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board and relevant health care organisations.
All school staff and volunteers undertake relevant safeguarding training upon starting in the school and receive annual updates as appropriate.
All staff have recently been updated in control and restraint training, Child Protection procedures and have read and understood the implications of the guidance on safeguarding children “working together to safeguarding children” 2015 and “keeping children safe in Education” 2015.
At TSTC we work with a variety of agencies to promote personal safety and wellbeing. These include No Limits, Drugs and Alcohol Service, Sexual Health Service, Fareshare, Youth Offending Service, Hampshire Constabulary and SCRATCH.