Melbourne Avenue, Whitfield, Dover, Kent, CT16 2EG
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Safeguarding:

Dover Christ Church Academy is a community and all those directly connected (staff, governors, parents, families and pupils) have an essential role to play in making it safe and secure. Dover Christ Church Academy recognises our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children.

Dover Christ Church Academy 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.

There are four main elements to our safeguarding policy:
  1. Prevention ( e.g. positive, supportive, safe school culture, curriculum and pastoral opportunities for children, safer recruitment procedures).
  2. Protection (by following the agreed procedures, ensuring all staff are trained and supported to respond appropriately and sensitively to safeguarding concerns).
  3. Support (for all pupils, parents and staff, and where appropriate specific intervention for those who may be at risk of harm).
  4. Working with parents and other agencies (to ensure appropriate communications and actions are undertaken).

The procedures contained in this policy apply to all staff and governors and are consistent with those of Kent Safeguarding Children Board (KSCB).

Safeguarding Team

The school has appointed a member of the leadership team Gary May (VP) 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 is Deputy-DSL and assists in the leading of a team of DSL-trained staff. Rachel Dixon is Deputy-DSL for Aspen 2.

Peter Gregory is nominated Safeguarding Governor.

Peter Lewer, Area Education Safeguarding Advisor provides support to the safeguarding team.

All members of Dover Christ Church Academy staff receive annual training in child protection and aware of their responsibility to:

  • Provide a safe environment in which children can learn.
  • Ensure all children are able to develop appropriate strategies to recognise and respond to risk and build resilience.
  • Identify and recognise children who may be in need of extra help, who are suffering, or are likely to suffer significant harm.
  • Provide help for children, where appropriate and reasonable.
  • Take appropriate action to prevent safeguarding concerns escalating and work with other services as needed.
  • Safeguard children’s wellbeing and maintain public trust in the teaching profession as part of their professional duties.
  • Maintain an attitude of ‘it could happen here’ where safeguarding is concerned and to always act in the best interests of the child.
  • Respond to and refer any concerns about children or other members of the community in accordance with this policy.
  • Contribute towards, read and adhering to the school policies.

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.

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