At Ashley we believe that all children have the right to be safe in our society. Therefore, we recognise that we have a duty to ensure arrangements are in place for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children by creating a positive school atmosphere; through our teaching and learning; pastoral support and care for both pupils and school personnel; training for school personnel; and working with parents.
The words 'safeguarding ' and 'child protection' are often used interchangeably, but they have distinct meanings. Safeguarding is what we are doing for all our children; child protection refers to the policy and procedures we have for referring and supporting children at risk of serious harm, or who have been seriously harmed. The definition of safeguarding is given in 'Keeping Children Safe in Education'. There are four key elements:
- protecting children from maltreatment;
- preventing imprairment of children's health or development;
- ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
- taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
Our safeguarding subcommittee meets monthly and ensures that our policies and practices are constantly monitored, reviewed and supported to enable our children and staff to work in a safe and positive environment. The following members of the school safeguarding subcommittee have their training updated on a bi-annually basis:
Richard Dunne - Headteacher
Jackie Stevens - Deputy Headteacher / Designated Safeguarding Lead
Maggie Rebbeck - SENDCo / Deputy DSL
Louise Athersuch - KS2 Phase Leader / Deputy DSL / E-Safety Lead
Joanne Hart - HLTA/ ELSA/ Health & Wellbeing Coordinator
Angela Wood - Wrap Around Care Manager
Enrica Mattioli - Office Administrator
Annemarie O'Connor - Governor
Safeguarding Practices Across the School
All of our school personnel are trained to follow the latest safeguarding guidance. Training for current members of staff is done on an annual basis, with updates at staff meetings. New members of staff are trained within their first term of joining the school. The wellbeing of our children and staff is of the utmost importance across our school.