The Sydney Russell fully recognises the responsibility it has under section 175 (Section 157 for Independent Schools and Academies) of the Education Act 2002 to have arrangements in place to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
This responsibility is more fully explained in the statutory guidance for schools and colleges “Keeping Children Safe in Education” (March 2015). All staff must be made aware of their duties and responsibilities under part one of this document.
Staff should read the above document together with “What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused: Advice for practitioners” (March, 2015).
Through their day-to-day contact with pupils and direct work with families, staff at the school have a crucial role to play in noticing indicators of possible abuse or neglect and referring them to the safe guarding officers at The Sydney Russell School.
This policy sets out how the school’s governing body discharges its statutory responsibilities relating to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children who are pupils at the school. Our policy applies to all staff, paid and unpaid, working in the school including governors. Teaching assistants, mid-day supervisors, secretaries as well as teachers can be the first point of disclosure for a child. Concerned parents/carers may also contact the school and its governors.
Read our full Safeguarding Strategy