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:
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:
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.