Child protection is very important to us and is a priority for everyone in the school community.
Children should be safe and secure both at home and school. Gilthill maintains a child protection policy and follows all the local & national guidance relating to safeguarding children. The child protection officer for the school is the Headteacher.
All staff, have taken training in the signs of child abuse and in the procedures that should be followed in cases of abuse. It is the Headteacher’s duty to refer suspicions of abuse to Social Services and she will then work with them, and other professionals, to achieve the safety of the child(ren) concerned. A copy of the policy can be seen below.
The School Policy for Safeguarding is updated in line with Local Authority Guidance and Regulations on an annual basis and approved by the School Trust & Governing Body.
Our main Designated Safeguarding Officer is Mrs N Allison and our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer is Mrs S Cregan. These staff can be contacted via the school office.
Sue Oliver and Simon Barnes are our Safeguarding link Governors. Our safeguarding governors are available to air any concerns you may have. Please visit our 'Meet the Governors' page to find out more about them.
What is the Prevent strategy
Prevent is a Government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist or extremist causes.
The Prevent strategy covers all types of terrorism and extremism.
How does the Prevent strategy apply to schools?
From July 2015, all schools (as well as other organisations) have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism.
This means we have a responsibility to protect children from extremist and violent views the same way we protect them from any other harm.
What we do if there is a concern
If we have a concern about a particular pupil we will follow the school’s normal safeguarding procedures, including discussing with the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead and Prevent Lead, Nicky Allison.