Concerned about a child?   

Our Safeguarding Team are here to help you.  Come and talk to us if you are worried about the safety of a child in our school. All staff take safeguarding very seriously, and all staff are trained to help, so if you can’t, or don’t want to speak to a member of our Safeguarding Team, you can speak to any member of staff at Marchbank Free School and we will take your concerns seriously. 

Designated Safeguarding Leads:

Our safeguarding policies cover all areas of school life and include:

Safer Recruitment

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.  The following staff/governors have completed the Safer Recruitment Training through the NSPCC; Tessa Fenoughty. 

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).

Safeguarding Policy

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. 

Information Sharing 

We have an obligation to obtain necessary information from parents/carers in advance of a child being admitted to school, including: 

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. 

Protecting children from extremism and radicalisation

Schools have a vital role to play in protecting pupils from the risks of extremism and radicalisation, a role which is underpinned by the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 “to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. For more information how we keep our children safe from these risks view our Protecting children from extremism and radicalisation policy.

You can find out more information about our safeguarding policy here, or contact the school for all our policies or view our policies section on our website.The health and safety of our children, staff and visitors is of paramount importance.  Please click below to view a copy of our Health & Safety Policy. Health and Safety Policy