Safeguarding

Introduction

It is the duty of the school to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our students and all who work here, and it is a guiding principle in all that we do.  Our task is to:

  • protect children and learners from maltreatment;
  • protect children’s and learners’ health and development;
  • ensure that children and learners are growing up in a safe environment;
  • enable children and learners to have optimum life chances and to enter adulthood successfully.

We aim to ensure that our students are always safe at school, and that they always feel that way too!

Premises

The school premises are well maintained and kept safe all year round.  We have a senior leader in charge of health and safety so that proper and regular risk assessments are carried out throughout the year to ensure that the premises and activities that take place on the premises are safe. 

Staff and visitors

All staff are DBS checked (Disclosure and Barring Service) and regularly trained regarding child protection and safeguarding best practice, including the PREVENT agenda. 

Staff are easily identified as all are required to wear lanyards that display photographic ID.

Visitors must report either to main reception or the sixth form reception, and are issued with a visitor’s lanyard once their reason to be on site has been verified.  Where necessary, visitors are supervised throughout their time on site, such as where contractors are in school to work on maintenance.

Sixth form students are also required to wear a lanyard to make it easier for everyone to identify and challenge anyone who comes onto the school site without permission.

Students

Students experience a comprehensive PSHEE programme which focuses on helping them to stay safe, healthy and make a positive contribution to school.

It also considers key issues such as e-safety, bullying, racism, radicalisation and all other forms of discrimination and harassment, both to prevent these issues from arising in the first place, and also to make sure students know how to deal with them if they do occur.

The medical needs of our students are a priority at Sharnbrook.  The SENCO oversees this provision and we have a specialist TA who is trained to support students with short and long term medical conditions.  Our staff are made aware of the needs of these students and regular training is put in place for them.  We work closely with Greys Education to ensure that medical needs students benefit from regular tutoring even when they cannot be in school. 

Our Key Services team works alongside a range of external agencies such as Brook Sexual Health, mental health organisations (e.g. CAMH), drugs organisations, school nurse, bereavement counsellors, etc.  Our Safeguarding Officers are Jayne Luya and Hannah Just.

Policies and procedures

Our approach to safeguarding is guided by a range of policies and procedures which are regularly reviewed to ensure we are always up to date and confident about their effectiveness.  Policies can be accessed from the School Information tab, with further relevant policies on our SAF website here.  E-safety information is available here.