At Connaught Junior School, we understand that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. Through our training, all staff are aware that a safeguarding incident could happen here. All members of staff, including teaching, support staff and club providers receive annual safeguarding training either at Connaught Junior School or through their own organisation.
This overview covers all the statutory areas as detailed in the DFE document, ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education‘ (updated September 2020) – including the Prevent Strategy, FGM and Child Sexual Exploitation.
Mrs Katherine Saunders is our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) having received all of the required training. She also attends regular training to keep up to date with any issues relating to child protection and safeguarding. Additional weekly updates are received from Andrew Hall, a specialist safeguarding consultant and the NSPCC These are then disseminated to relevant members of staff. Any training updates that staff may require will be delivered by the DSL. Connaught has incredibly tight procedures, which have been audited and approved by external providers, ensuring that our children and staff are safe. We work with an array of agencies including Children’s Services, Family support, the School Nurse and the Police. Miss McGann, Mrs Littlewood and Mrs Staniforth are the Deputy DSL and support Mrs Katherine Saunders in the leadership and management of Safeguarding. The named Safeguarding Governors are Mrs Fiona Torley and Mrs Sam Goggin.
Connaught adheres to the Safer Recruitment directive. All members of our school staff have an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check in order to be able to work within school. This is regardless of the employee’s role. Teachers, classroom assistants, admin staff, cleaners and caterers must all be checked. Additionally, all volunteers and anyone else who has regular contact with our children are checked too. DBS certificates are documented on our Single Central Record, a legal requirement, which is checked and signed off on a regular basis by a safeguarding governor, an Ofsted precondition. Visitors to the school must either provide their own DBS on arrival, or be a member of a professional body who routinely DBS check their employees or associates. These include OFSTED inspectors and Local Authority staff. Any one-off visitor, should provide their own DBS. If they do not have one, they are required to read Connaught’s safeguarding procedures and to be accompanied by a member of staff at all times during their visit. Awareness of our policies also applies to parents who make themselves available to go on school trips or provide lifts to sporting/cultural events. All visitors to the school must ‘sign-in’ at reception and be given a visitors badge for ease of identification by members of staff. Parents who wish to assist in school are interviewed by a member of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT), using the same Safer Recruitment criteria as applied to permanent staff. They are also required to receive safeguarding training which is delivered by the DSL. All external club providers must provide proof that they also adhere to Safer Recruitment and DBS checking.
All areas of Connaught’s site undergo a biannual risk assessment by the school’s qualified risk assessor. This means that whist we cannot remove risk, we can demonstrate that we have looked at ways of minimising that risk. These risk assessments are undertaken on areas such as classrooms, halls, the playground and the car park. Our SLT, Heads of Year and teachers carry out risk assessments for all school trips, including our annual Year 4 and Year 6 residential stays. These are in accordance with Surrey CC guidelines.
Access to the campus, both for vehicles and pedestrians, is via security gates with a video link to the office. Staff have access to the gates by key fob. Visitors can only gain access by gate release authorised by Office staff. Access to the external doors where we have classrooms are by a key fob. All fire exits are either twist lock or bar push exits. Additional locks have been added to main entry doors for use in the event of a ‘lock-down’. Partial and full lock-downs are practised in accordance with the Connaught Lock-Down/Sheltering in Place Policy document.
The school has an Equality policy that monitors any possible discrimination in the school in relation to any of the nine protected characteristics (Equality Act 2010). The School also makes annual returns on any racist incidents.
Regular dialogue with pupils in class or assemblies, educate and enforce safeguarding. Children know who they can go to as ‘safe members of staff’, should they have any worries or concerns. Outside agencies are invited to come into school to talk about safety issues relevant to this area: Roads, rail and personal safety. During the course of years 4 and 5, pupils have the opportunity to participate in Surrey CC’s ‘Bikeability’ courses to learn good practise when on the roads.