Billing Brook School

Safeguarding

Safeguarding and E-Safety Statement

Billing Brook School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and expects all staff, volunteers and visitors on site to share this commitment.

We are all fully committed to ensuring that our approach to safeguarding practices are connective, this means that staff are trained annually and those with greater individual responsibility for leading are trained as Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL). All concerns regarding welfare and safeguarding are passed through members of staff to their line managers and/or the DSL, in compliance with the most recent local and national guidance.

  • The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is the Headteacher, Mrs C M Grant;
  • The Deputy DSL is Ms T Moulton, Senior Deputy Headteacher
  • Ms Lantsbery, Mrs McCormac, Mrs Avery, Mr Tebbutt and Mrs Kennedy are also trained as DSLs.

If as parents, carers or visitors to the school you have any concerns about your child or any other pupils at the school, Mrs Grant can be contacted on 01604 773910. Please tell the receptionist you have a safeguarding concern.

Policy in practice

Staff are asked to report any cause for concern about a child to their line manager and if they are not available a member of the Senior Leadership team or Headteacher, the DSL. Concerns are reported as early as possible and information recorded.

Attendance

Poor attendance may also indicate there are difficulties. Attendance is monitored by the Senior Deputy Headteacher and Department Managers. Parents will be informed of our concerns and in the case of any medical absence, advice may be sought from the child's doctor. All effort will be made to find solutions regarding absence and support parents in ensuring their child attends school. The academy uses The Education Inclusion and Partnership Team (EIPT) part of The Local Authority for advice, this is also an impartial service for parents.

Absence for holidays during term time is unauthorised in line with national guidance and may result in a fine being administered by the EIPT.

E-Safety

Protecting children using technology is embedded into the computing curriculum. It is important that our children are aware of the risks and that these dangers are raised with them at appropriate times through the school year. We provide children and young people with an awareness of how to stay safe on line. Parent support is also available through information sheets; discussion and awareness raising sessions. Mrs Avery is the named person for leading on e-safety. If you need any advice regarding keeping your child safe on line, please feel free to contact her on the school number.

FREE E-Safety Webinar

If you would like practical and valuable advice on how to protect yourself and your family online, Gooseberry Planet are offering a free parent webinar, hosted by Stella James. Please contact the school for further information.