At Marchbank, we hold the well-being and safety of our young people in the highest regard.
We consider our students to be highly vulnerable by virtue of their SEN status. We believe it is important to ensure that they are equipped with the skills to live as independently as possible and be supported to recognise and identify risks they may be exposed to.
All staff receive regular Safeguarding and Radicalisation training in order to ensure they can confidently and effectively identify early signs of abuse, neglect and exploitation. Staff report concerns to designated safeguarding leads and record these on our CPOMS database.
CPOMS is the market leading software application for schools to monitor Child Protection and Safeguarding.
Marchbank Free School works effectively with parents and a range of agencies to ensure the needs our young people are met.
Agencies who work with us on a very regular basis include:
Children’s social care
Family Intervention Team
Family Support Workers
Community nursing team
School nursing team
Our safeguarding policies cover all areas of school life and include:
Staff & Visitors- ensuring they are vetted, informed & trained.
Children’s Behaviour- promoting safer & happier behaviours & lifestyles.
Parents & Carers- promoting links & supporting families.
Premises -keeping them safe, pleasant & fit for purpose.
Curriculum -providing positive, life affirming learning experiences.
Off site – ensuring safer activities and environments outside school.
We follow strict procedures to ensure that everyone who works with our children is vetted, keeping our children as safe as possible. Ongoing checks and ‘whistle-blowing’ are in line with current policy
Staff Training and Awareness
Staff are trained in child protection issues and they are aware of the procedures to follow. Staff are encouraged to be vigilant in order to maintain the safety of our children. Daily staff briefing include a dedicated section related to Safeguarding issues and include reporting any incidents of bullying, racism, homophobia, radicalisation and FGM. On arrival all visitors and volunteers are signed posted to our guidelines on Safeguarding and are directed to the document ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ (updated September 2018).
All staff have an up-to-date understanding of safeguarding children issues and are able to implement the safeguarding children policy and procedure appropriately. Policies are in line with current guidance and procedures. Staff are able to respond appropriately to any: significant changes in children’s behaviour;deterioration in their general well-being;unexplained bruising, marks or signs of possible abuse;signs of neglect;comments children make which give cause for concern.All staff are aware of the need to maintain privacy and confidentiality.
We have an obligation to obtain necessary information from parents/carers in advance of a child being admitted to school, including:
emergency contact numbers;
the child’s special dietary requirements, preferences or food allergies the child may have;
the child’s special health requirements;
information about who has legal contact with the child; and who has parental responsibility for the child.
Written parental permission is requested, at the time of the child’s admission to the provision, to the seeking of any necessary emergency medical advice or treatment in the future. PARENTS & CARERS MUST TELL US OF ANY CHANGES TO THESE DETAILS. We take confidentiality very seriously. Any information which we hold is treated as confidential and shared on a ‘need-to-know’ basis.
Links with External Agencies
Because our first concern must be the well-being of your child, there may be occasions when we have to consult other agencies before we contact you. The procedures we have to follow have been laid down in accordance with the local authority child protection procedures. We are fortunate to be supported by a range of external agencies which can be called upon to support the work we do in school. These include local healthcare professionals, school nurse, educational psychology, Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Behaviour Support, Social Services and Specialists in supporting Special Educational Needs.
If a parent or member of staff has a concern relating to the safety of any of our students, a designated safeguarding officer should be alerted immediately.
Tess Wright - Head of School- firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Harbron -Deputy Headteacher- email@example.com
If you have a concern relating to a member of staff, Alison Sinclair is responsible for dealing with allegations against members of staff firstname.lastname@example.org
The Designated Officer for the Local Authority is is Amanda Hugill. Amanda.Hugill@darlington.gov.uk
A copy of our EVAT Safeguarding Policy can be found here