Safeguarding is what we do for all children to keep them safe whilst in our care. Child Protection describes the policy and procedures specifically for those children who are at risk of serious harm or have been seriously harmed.
Safeguarding starts as soon as children enter the school and aims to ensure that all our staff are well trained and know how to behave appropriately. Our staff and volunteers go through all safeguarding checks on successful appointments to the school. When staff have concerns, they know who to speak to and understand the next steps that will take place.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all practitioners should make sure their approach is child-centred. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child. (Keeping Children Safe in Education, 2020).
Staff with designated responsibilities for safeguarding undertake regular specialist training. All staff members and anyone who volunteers with us undertakes training in child protection and this is refreshed as changes take place. We also undertake comprehensive background checks on all staff and any volunteers.
The Safeguarding Team
Designated Safeguarding Leader: Miss M. Khokar
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leaders: Mrs N. Corcoran and Miss R. Hayward
Alexander First School is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its pupils. As a school we recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation is no different from safeguarding against any other vulnerability.
All staff are expected to uphold and promote the fundamental principles of British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. In formulating this statement the Governing Board have taken account of the guidance from the Department for Education (DfE) who have called for all public bodies to make explicit their preventative measures to minimise the threat of extremism in their setting.
The following link provides access to a range of Safeguarding and related policies.