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 Bishop John Robinson C of E Primary School Thamesmead

Bishop John Robinson C of E Primary School Thamesmead

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Safeguarding Children

At Bishop John Robinson Church of England Primary School, the health, safety and well-being of children is of paramount concern to us. We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. Our aim is for children to enjoy their time as pupils in this school. We want to work in partnership with you to help your child achieve their full potential and make a positive contribution to the world they are part of.

Our policies relating to safeguarding applies to all adults including volunteers working in or on behalf of the school. To promote a safe environment for pupils, our selection and recruitment policy includes all checks on staff and regular volunteers’ suitability, including Disclosure and Barring Service checks.

The school Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Miss Sarah Biney and the designated Governor is Mrs Susan Robinson.

All have received appropriate and up-to-date training for this role. It is their responsibility to ensure that all staff in contact with children receives child protection awareness training on a regular basis.

We are committed to establishing and maintaining an ethos where children feel safe, secure, valued and respected, and are encouraged to talk openly and are always listened to and ensuring that all children know there is an adult in school whom they can approach if they are worried or in difficulty, including opportunities in the wider curriculum for children to develop the skills they need to recognise and stay safe from harm.

The staff are aware that it is their responsibility to be alert to the signs of abuse and to follow the procedures set out in the school’s Safeguarding Policy. Occasions arise when our concern about a child requires us to consult other agencies. Whilst we would always aim to work in partnership with parents, there may be exceptions to this when concerns are raised for the protection of a child. The role of the school in situations where there are child protection concerns is not to investigate but to recognise and refer. On very rare occasions, representatives from Children’s Social Care or the police may want to speak to a child or parent. This would be a decision made in collaboration with partner agencies and would only be done in situations where a child might be at immediate risk.

We will always take advice from The Local Safeguarding Children’s Board and follow their procedures when required. If you want to know more about our procedures, please speak to the Headteacher. The Safeguarding Policy can be downloaded here.

"There, by the Ahava Canal, I proclaimed a fast, so that we might humble ourselves before our God and ask him for a safe journey for us and our children, with all our possessions."

(Ezra 8:1)