Further safeguarding information
Members of Staff Responsible
We are all responsible for ensuring that each child remains safe, however the Designated Safeguarding Leader (DSL), alongside the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leaders (DDSL) for each school have overall responsibility. All have received DSL training from Hampshire County Council and attend regular refresher training.
What does a DSL do?
The role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead was specified in the Children Act and ensured that every organisation had a “named person” for safeguarding children and young people. Prior to that, the role had frequently been known as the Child Protection Officer. The Designated Safeguarding Lead has a responsibility at both a strategic level within the organisation and on a day-to-day basis.
Key Aspects of the Designated Lead role includes:
- Making sure all staff are aware how to raise safeguarding concerns
- Ensuring all staff understand the symptoms of child abuse and neglect
- Referring any concerns to social care
- Monitoring children who are the subject of child protection plans
- Maintaining accurate and secure child protection records
Staff are trained in child protection issues and they are aware of the procedures to follow. Staff training is delivered via a variety of means: face to face training (both in and out of school), online refreshers and information raising, document sharing and on-going professional dialogues during staff meetings. Staff are encouraged to be vigilant in order to maintain the safety of our children and their concerns are discussed and handled appropriately.
We follow strict procedures to ensure that everyone who works with our children is vetted, keeping our children as safe as possible. Senior members of staff, as well as a number of governors, are qualified in safer recruitment procedures.
E-Safety is a key aspect of our duty to keep children safe - both inside and outside of school. Take a look at our e-safety policy within our 'Policies' section for further detail but, for parents and carers, there is a wealth of online information which can be accessed in order to help to keep children safe online. More information about online safety can also be found within the 'Curriculum' section of our website.