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Safeguarding

Old Park School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and young people both within the school environment and outside. We recognise our responsibility to provide a safe environment in which children can learn. This includes the online environment.

 

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined at our school as:

  • Protecting children from maltreatment
  • Preventing impairment of children’s health or development
  • Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
  • Taking action to ensure all children have the best outcomes

 

We are committed to ensuring that all staff who meet children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding. To fulfil this responsibility effectively, we ensure our approach is child centered. This means that we consider, always, what is in the best interests of the child.

 

Because of our day-to-day contact with children and young people, staff are particularly well placed to observe outward signs of abuse, changes in children’s behaviour or their failure to develop. We need, therefore ‘to be alert to the possibility of abuse occurring, aware of the procedures to be followed if the school have suspicions and have the confidence to follow those procedures. Our safeguarding policy applies to all staff, governors and volunteers working in the school.

 

If you have any questions or concerns in relation to safeguarding then please contact - 

 

Miss Jodie Colbourne, Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

Mrs Michele Solecki, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

 

Alternatively you may speak to Mr Alex Burns, Old Park School Governor for Safeguarding.

 

Further information can also be found at https://safeguarding.dudley.gov.uk/safeguarding/

Old Park School recognises that children with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities can face additional safeguarding challenges. Staff in our school recognise that additional barriers can exist when recognising abuse and neglect in this group of children. The following documents offer additional support for those caring for and working with children with additional needs.

Keeping children safe whilst online can be difficult at times. The parental guides below offer a range of advice on how to protect your child, whilst allowing them to benefit from the digital world. Further information is also available at www.nationalonlinesafety.com


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