Keeping children safe
We are committed to ensuring children at Christ Church C of E First School are safe. Safeguarding the children in our school community is of paramount importance and, for this reason, we encourage all adults – parents, carers, staff, governors, visitors – to be vigilant at all times, and to report any concerns immediately.
We take seriously the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) recommendation that, in order to maintain a safe school culture, all adults working with children are advised to:
We ensure that all our staff, governors and volunteers are aware of, and have the skills to deal with, any child protection or safeguarding concerns. To this end we have robust recruitment procedures and professional development programmes which ensure that all our staff uphold our distinctive Christian ethos and values. All staff and volunteers who work in an unsupervised capacity with children require DBS (Disclosure Barring Services) certification.
[NB: this is click thru to a PDF of our school's policy]
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Making a Safeguarding referral
If you are concerned about the well-being or safety of a particular child, please do not hesitate to contact staff at Christ Church in order to discuss your concerns further.
If there is an immediate risk and/or if it is out of school hours please call:
If there is NOT an immediate risk and/or if it is NOT out of school hours, please report it immediately to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) (Rupert Kaye, Headteacher) or, if unavailable, to the Deputy Child Protection Officer (Ali Bowden, Deputy Head).
Managing allegations, disclosures or concerns
Staff/volunteers must immediately report an allegation about a member of staff to the DSL (Rupert Kaye, Headteacher) or, if unavailable, to the Deputy Child Protection Officer (Ali Bowden, Deputy Head). The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) (Anthony Goble) can be contacted via Somerset Direct on 0300 1232224.
[NB: this is a click thru to a PDF of our school's policy]
Reporting concerns about extremism and radicalisation
Any concerns about children becoming radicalised or being drawn into extremism – including being exposed to racist ideology which promotes or condones prejudice, hate and violence – should be reported immediately to the Lead for Prevent Duties (Rupert Kaye, Headteacher) or, if unavailable, to the Deputy Child Protection Officer (Ali Bowden, Deputy Head), who will follow the Prevent & Channel Referral Guide for Reporting a Concern.
If there is an immediate risk to a child’s safety or a criminal act being committed call the Police on 999.
If there is NOT an immediate risk call one of the Regional Police Prevent & Channel Leads:
Information can be passed anonymously via the
Physical restraint of pupils
We are committed to ensuring that all staff and adults with responsibility for children’s safety and welfare are Team Teach trained to deal with incidents involving aggressive behaviour and only use physical intervention as a last resort, in line with DfE advice. Physical restraint, if used at all, will be in the context of a respectful, supportive relationship with the child. We always aim to ensure minimal risk of injury to children and staff.
Somerset Safeguarding Children Board
The SSCB is the statutory, multi-agency partnership with responsibility for coordinating, monitoring and challenging all activity relating to safeguarding children and young people living in Somerset. Safeguarding Children Board’s were set up as a result of the 2004 Children Act and are regulated by that law. To find out more about the work of the Somerset Safeguarding Children Board click here.