Dover Christ Church Academy recognises its statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children. Safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility and all those directly connected (staff, volunteers, governors, leaders, parents, families and learners) are an important part of the wider safeguarding system for children and have an essential role to play in making this community safe and secure.
Prevention - positive, supportive, safe culture, curriculum and pastoral opportunities for children, safer recruitment procedures.Protection - following the agreed procedures, ensuring all staff are trained and supported to recognise and respond appropriately and sensitively to safeguarding concerns.
Support - for all learners, parents and staff, and where appropriate specific interventions are required for those who may be at risk of harm.Working with parents and other agencies - to ensure timely, appropriate communications and actions are undertaken when safeguarding concerns arise.
The school has appointed a member of the leadership team David Hunt (AVP) 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.Jemma Groves and Andy Agar are Deputy-DSL and assists in the leading of a team of DSL-trained staff.
Luke Mussett, Sophie Barker and Rachel Dixon are the Deputy-DSL for Aspen 2.Peter Gregory is nominated Safeguarding Trustee.
All members of Dover Christ Church Academy staff receive annual training in child protection and aware of their responsibility to:
All members of staff in Dover Christ Church Academy know what to do if a child tells them he/she is being abused or neglected.Members of staff know to maintain an appropriate level of confidentiality whilst at the same time liaising with relevant professionals such as the DSL and other agencies as appropriate.
Members of staff know they must never promise a child that they will not tell anyone about a concern or allegation as this may ultimately not be in the best interests of the child.Parents can obtain a copy of the school Child Protection Policy and other related policies on request and can view them via the school website or via the links below.
Download Child Protection Policy PDF hereDownload Child Protection Policy Addendum in Response to Covid_19 PDF here
Download Child Listening to and talking to children about grief & loss PDF here
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