We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection Policy which can be viewed in the Policies section of our website.
We listen to our pupils/students and take seriously what they tell us. All College staff are trained in Child Protection, and children are made aware of the adults they can talk to if they have any concerns. Colleagues are trained to look out for signs of physical/emotional harm or neglect and are required to report these to the Designated Safeguarding Person (DSP).
Sometimes 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/students are discussed with parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare.
Our DSPs are:
Mrs Ashley Clancy, Principal
Dr Vanessa Mitchell, Deputy Principal (Pastoral)
Mrs Rosie de la Fosse, Deputy Headteacher - Melrose
Our College Governor with a safeguarding responsibility is Catharine Walter
All members of the safeguarding team can be contacted via the school reception 01481 721602
Operation Encompass is a unique police and education intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people exposed to domestic abuse. Operation Encompass report to schools before the start of the next school day when a child or young person has been involved in or exposed to a domestic absuse incident the previous evening. The information is given in strict confidence to the College’s Key Adult to enable support to be given dependent on the needs and wishes of the child.
For more information visit https://www.operationencompass.org/