he Board of Governors and staff at Ravenstone are fully committed to safeguarding all of the children in the school community.
We believe that our school should provide a safe, caring, positive, and stimulating environment in which pupils can learn and which promotes the social, physical andemotional wellbeing of each individual pupil.
Parents and carers expect the school to provide a safe, secure and caring environment in which their children can flourish and the school recognises its legal and moral duty to promote the well-being of children, protect them from harm, and respond to child abuse.
At Ravenstone we will raise Safeguarding and Child Protection concerns with parents / carers at the earliest appropriate opportunity and ensure that all staff are given appropriate training in safeguarding and Child Protection issues, as recommended in the guidance.
Key staff and governors have been trained in safer recruitment and all adults who work with children must have Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) clearance.
Designated members of staff will be released to receive regular enhanced training to enable them to carry out their roles effectively. We also have published clear Safeguarding Principles that set out the expectations for staff, volunteers and governors at our school.
SAFEGUARDING AUDIT OF PRACTICE
As a self reviewing and evaluating school the Executive Leadership Team went through a safeguarding 'Audit of Practice' by the Local Authority in December 2016.
The Local Authority carried out a comprehensive review of the systems and procedures we have in place at Ravenstone Primary School and interviewed the Leadership Team. The summary comments were:
Safeguarding systems in the school are developed and are now embedded and channels of communication are clear and understood by staff
Roles and responsibilities are clear – school have had recent changes of DSL but this has been well managed – further changes are expected due to maternity leave, but planning is in place
School has a comprehensive safeguarding folder, with key information. This was created in Jan 15 and updates / changes are included. This continues to be developed by the school.
School completed S11 audit in 2016 and Catherine Dowler was asked to attend interview panel. S11 was generally very positive in relation to staff awareness and confidence. Training needs were identified and addressed in Sept 16 INSET
We are very proud of the outcome of this Local Authority review as it demonstrates how seriously we take all issues relating to safeguarding of the members of our school community.