Safeguarding: our commitment
The Steiner Academy Hereford is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and young people in our care and expects all staff to share this commitment. All pupils, regardless of age, special needs or disability, racial/cultural heritage, religious belief or sexual orientation have the right to be protected from all types of harm and abuse.
We are committed to nurturing a culture where safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility and where it is understood that safeguarding is not just about protecting children from deliberate harm, but relates to many aspects of school life. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all staff 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. Source: Keeping Children Safe in Education. 2019.
We endeavour to support the welfare and safety of children and young people in our care through:
- Maintaining children’s welfare as our paramount concern
- Ensuring the content of the curriculum includes social and emotional aspects of learning
- Ensuring that child protection is included in the curriculum to help children stay safe, recognise when they don’t feel safe and identify who they can talk to
- Providing suitable support and guidance so that pupils have a range of appropriate adults to approach if they are concerned
- Promoting a positive, supportive, neutral and secure environment where pupils can develop a sense of being valued and heard in their own right
- Ensuring all steps are taken to maintain site security and pupils’ physical safety
- Working with parents to build an understanding of the school’s responsibility to ensure the welfare of all children including the need for referral to other agencies in some situations
- Ensuring all staff are regularly trained to recognise the signs and symptoms of abuse and know what to do if they have a concern about a pupil. All staff are aware of the school’s procedures and lines of communication
- Monitoring pupils who have been identified as having welfare or protection concerns and keeping confidential records which are stored securely and shared appropriately with other professionals
- Developing effective and supportive liaison with other agencies
Our safeguarding Policy forms a fundamental part of our approach in ensuring consistent and effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support out pupils and their families, and staff. If a member of staff is concerned about a child’s welfare, or a pupil discloses to a staff member, he/she will record their concern on CPOMS, the school monitoring software, as soon as possible. The Safeguarding Team will follow local and national guidance to inform their actions and in cases where a child is considered to be at risk of harm, a referral to Children’s Services may be made.
Our full Safeguarding and Child Protection policy can be downloaded here: Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy, updated October 2019.
Other important documents
Safeguarding risks are constantly evolving and as a school we aim to meet this through a process of reflection and review. We have undertaken a bullying survey for a second year. This helps to identify areas of concern for the children and young people we are working with, and subsequently informs our practice. The school is delivering a comprehensive PSHE and RSE curriculum in line with the statutory requirements which come into force in 2020. Our support system enables students to confide in a member of staff in the event of an incident between pupils or groups of pupils. Trained staff will then work with these children in a number of ways to resolve issues. School staff will also work closely with families who have identified themselves, or been identified as needing some additional support and warmly welcome the parent body to come to talk with a member of the safeguarding team if they have any concerns about school, home or their local environment, if they feel it is having an impact on the well-being of their children or themselves. We will endeavour to support all families in times of need.
The safeguarding Team
Safeguarding risks are constantly evolving and as a school we aim to meet this through a process of reflection and review. This year we have undertaken a comprehensive survey amongst our students on their perceptions of bullying which is informing our approach to staff training, SRE and PSHE. Our support system enables students to confide in a member of staff in the event of an incident between pupils or groups of pupils. Trained staff will then work with these children in a number of ways to resolve issues.
Digital Awareness and E-Safety
We have a comprehensive e-safety programme which addresses current and arising on-line concerns and are building links with other local schools and safeguarding teams to enable us to offer a more comprehensive approach to arising concerns such as the sharing of images on social media. Please click here for our Digital Awareness and E-Safety for Parents webpage for links to useful websites for parents.
Wendy Lane – Designated Safeguarding lead