Old Park School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and young people both within the school environment and outside. We recognise our responsibility to provide a safe environment in which children can learn. This includes the online environment.
If you have any questions or concerns in relation to safeguarding then please contact -
Miss Jodie Colbourne, Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
Mrs Michele Solecki, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Alternatively you may speak to Mr Alex Burns, Old Park School Governor for Safeguarding.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined at our school as:
- protecting children from maltreatment;
- preventing impairment of children’s mental and physical health or development;
- ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
- taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes
We are committed to ensuring that all staff who meet children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding. To fulfil this responsibility effectively, we ensure our approach is child centered. This means that we consider, always, what is in the best interests of the child.
Because of our day-to-day contact with children and young people, staff are particularly well placed to observe outward signs of abuse, changes in children’s behaviour or their failure to develop. We need, therefore ‘to be alert to the possibility of abuse occurring, aware of the procedures to be followed if the school have suspicions and have the confidence to follow those procedures. Our safeguarding policy applies to all staff, governors and volunteers working in the school.
The following documents are used in school to underpin and support our safeguarding systems and processes.
Following updates to Keeping Children Safe in Education, 2020, we are currently updating our safeguarding policy.