Safeguarding at Sandfield
For contactless visitor sign in use the camera on your smart phone to read the QR code in the school office on arrival. This will load the form on the link below. Please then complete the form for everything except your leaving time. Click submit but leave the form open on your phone. When you leave, simply go back to the form and enter the leaving time and click submit again. Or complete the form directly from the button below:
Safeguarding pupils is paramount and is the basis for all policy and practice. The school staff are trained to support children’s development and follow the government guidelines on child protection. This includes the well-being of the pupils and staff at Sandfield. The grounds are secure throughout the school day and only accessible by an electronic gate that is monitored by staff and CCTV. Deliveries and visitors must announce their arrival and no vehicles are permitted access to the school grounds.
All staff, visitors and regular volunteers are subject to child protection checks with the police and local authority (Disclosure Barring Service – DBS). Please can we ask parents who complete a DBS to help in school to sign up for the checking service which is available for up to 30 days once the DBS has been finalised. This means that you do not have to keep reapplying for a DBS if you have a period of inactivity and will also enable the DBS to be used at other organisations.
The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This means that we have a Child Protection Policy. All staff (including supply staff, volunteers and Governors) must ensure that they are aware of these procedures. Parents and Carers are welcome to request a copy of the policy at any time.
There are times when we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/ her parents or carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is:
Mrs Kate Collins, Headteacher
Our Designated Deputy Safeguarding Lead (DDSL) are:
Mrs Lucy Lidstrom, Home School Link Worker and Miss Claire McIllroy Deputy Headteacher (in training)
Key Child Protection Policy Compliance Statements:
- We listen to each child’s concern/ account without judgement.
- We record any observations/ child’s account on a school record of concern (ask Senior Leaders for a copy), stating only the facts. This must be passed to the Headteacher immediately.
- We do not discuss any disclosures/ observations with anyone except the Senior Leaders or the Headteacher.
- We never promise to keep information secret or offer an opinion, or try to extract information through further questioning.
If you are visiting the class please sign in at the office. You will be given information on guidelines and practice and asked to wear a visitor’s badge. If you are assisting on a trip please complete a next of kin emergency form.
If you are concerned about a child’s welfare, please record your concern and any observations or conversations heard and report it to the DSL as soon as possible the same day. Do NOT conduct your own investigation.
If your concerns relate to the actions or behaviour of a member of staff (which could suggest that he/ she is unsuitable to work with children), then you should report this to the Headteacher in confidence, who will manage the matter according to policy guidelines. If it concerns the Headteacher or the Deputy Headteacher, report it to the Chair of Governors, who will then manage the matter according to policy guidelines.
Please click here for the NSPCC website
Information for Parents & Visitors
Safeguarding Statement for all Parents and Visitors, updated October 2020
All staff and visitors alike have a responsibility for safeguarding our pupils. To ensure this we ask the following:
- Switch off you mobile phone/device and store it out of site.
- In the event you do need to use your mobile phone or camera enabled device, please do so off site.
- Do not take pictures, videos or sound recordings of any pupils.
- If you are working with a child, please ensure the class teacher is aware of this, where you are working and approximately how long for
- If you are working with a child, please do so in a space that is open, or have an open door or visible by others through a window
- If you have a concern about a child please pass this on to the child’s class teacher, who will then follow our safeguarding procedures. If they are not available, please speak with one of our Designated Safeguarding Officers – Mrs Collins, Miss McIllroy, or Mrs Lidstrom.
- If you have a concern about another adult in school, please ask to speak to a Designated Safeguarding Officer.
- Always share concerns with school staff, no matter how small they may appear, and don’t keep them to yourself.
- If a child says something to you that you think could be a safeguarding concern, act as above, and if possible write down what was said immediately. Listen to the child, do not question them or promise them that it will remain confidential between the two of you.
Please click here to see a copy of the school’s Safeguarding Booklet that is given to all visitors, volunteers, Governors and staff.