Child Protection / Safeguarding
Danecourt School is a community and all those directly connected (staff, governors, parents/carers, families and pupils) have an essential role to play in making it safe and secure. Staff at Danecourt recognise their moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children.
The school recognises the importance of providing an ethos and environment within school that will help children to feel safe, secure and respected; encourage them to talk openly; and enable them to feel confident that they will be listened to. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice.
Our school core safeguarding principles are:
It is a whole school responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children as its paramount concern
All children (defined as those up to the age of 18) regardless of age, gender, ability, culture, race, language, religion or sexual identity, have equal rights to protection
All children have a right to be heard and to have their wishes and feelings taken into account
All staff understand safe professional practice and adhere to our code of conduct and other associated policies
All staff have a responsibility to recognise vulnerability in children and act on any concern in accordance with this guidance
Online Safety (E-safety) is also an important part of child protection and safeguarding. Because of the needs of the pupils who attend Danecourt teachers work with pupils on an individual basis to develop their understanding of how to keep themselves safe whilst online.
Below you will find a selection of some of the resources used with pupils along with advice and guidance for parents/carers about keeping themselves and their children safe online.
Should you have concerns about your son/daughter and what they are accessing online please do not hesitate to contact the school.
NSPCC Net Aware Guide:
Below is a link to the NSPCC Net Aware Guide for parents. This is a simple guide to the social network sites and apps that children use. The NSPCC have also launched a Net Aware app which will be available to download from iTunes and Google play stores.
The NSPCC hope that in providing parents/carers with up to date information about sites most commonly used by young people, that you will be able to talk to your children about staying safe on these platforms, as well as encouraging providers to take action to make their sites as safe as possible.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL):
The school has appointed Cathryn Falconer as the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL). The DSL has the overall responsibility for the day to day oversight of safeguarding and child protection systems in school. The DSL will undergo appropriate and specific training to provide them with the knowledge and skills required to carry out their role.
The school has appointed additional staff to deputise for the DSL. The role of the deputy DSL is to take responsibility for the day to day oversight when the head teacher is not present. Kevin Ruddell, Matt Smith, Zoe Smith and Karen Foot have all been appointed as Deputy DSL’s. All of the Deputy DSLs have attended appropriate training which enables them to fulfil this role. Whilst the activities of the designated safeguarding lead may be delegated to the deputies, the ultimate lead responsibility for safeguarding and child protection remains with the designated safeguarding lead and this responsibility will not be delegated.
Should you wish to contact Cathryn of any of the deputy DSL’s you can so via the main school office on 01634 232589.
In addition to the Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL’s) the Local Governing Board have appointed a named Safeguarding Governor – Penny Giles-Mcloughlin. It is Penny’s role to ensure the school have effective safeguarding policies and procedures in place that take into account local risks, any statutory guidance issued by the Secretary of State, any local authority guidance and locally agreed inter-agency procedures.
Should you wish to contact Penny please do so via the school office.
Safeguarding Advice in Medway
A collective resource for Medway providing information, advice and guidance for children and young people, parents and carers, practitioners and volunteers to promote and ensure the safety and well being of children in Medway
(See link below)