Designated Senior Lead (DSL):
Ms Lou Harrison (Headteacher)
Mrs H. Stevens (Deputy Head)
Mrs S. Lord (SENCo and EYFS leader)
Mrs L. Marvelley (Office Administrator)
Mrs L. Kinsella (DSP teacher)
Mrs S. Bahadur (Family Support Worker)
King Richard III Infant School is committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all of the children in our school.
We believe that pupils have a right to learn in a caring, supportive and safe environment, which includes the right to protection from all types of abuse.
Safeguarding is about ensuring that everyone is safe from harm, safe from bullying, safe from people who could abuse, and safe from discrimination or harassment.
If you are ever concerned about the safety or well‐being of someone at our school please talk to the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead, Ms Harrison (the Headteacher), or to one of the deputy DSLs - Mrs Stevens (the deputy head), Mrs Lord (our SENCO and EY lead), Mrs Marvelley (Admin/Attendance Officer), Mrs Bahadur (our Family Support Worker) or Mrs Kinsella (DSP teacher) or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Parents and carers are encouraged to read our Safeguarding Policy and leaflet by clicking on the links below. Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about pupils are discussed with parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare. If a member of staff is concerned about a child’s welfare, they will record their concern, and any observations or conversation heard, and report to one of the DSLs as soon as possible the same day.
If a member of staff has concerns which relate to the actions or behaviour of another member of staff (which could suggest that person is unsuitable to work with children) then this will be reported to the DSL (or one of the deputy DSLs) in confidence, who will then refer the matter to the Headteacher (or to the Chair of Governors if the concern relates to the Headteacher).
The school's safeguarding responsibilities
‘Our school team ensures that children learn in a safe, caring and enriching environment. Children are taught how to keep themselves safe, on- and off-line, to develop positive and healthy relationships and know how to avoid situations where they might be at risk, including by being exploited.
The our school has a statutory responsibility to share any concerns it might have about a child in need of protection with other agencies and in particular police, health and children’s services. Schools are not able to investigate concerns but have a legal duty to refer them. In most instances, the school will be able to inform the parents/carer of its need to make a referral. However, sometimes the school is advised by Children’s Social Care or police that the parent/carer cannot be informed whilst they investigate the matter. We understand the anxiety parents/carers understandably feel when they are not told about any concerns from the outset. The school follows legislation that aims to act in the best interests of the child’.