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Safeguarding / E-Safety

Queensbury’s Designated Safeguarding Lead (Child Protection Officer) is Mr N Khan. He can be contacted through the school office on 0121 373 5731

All children have a right to protection from physical neglect, sexual and emotional abuse.

Queensbury School aims to provide a safe and secure environment in which children can thrive and develop, and where all aspects of their welfare are promoted. All those who come into contact with children and families in their everyday work have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. This includes paid staff, volunteers, students on placement, parents who assist with the project’s activities, sessional workers and so on. For this reason everyone working with children and families for or on behalf of Queensbury School must be familiar with, and follow, this policy and guidance.

As part of the ethos of our school, the staff and Governors are committed to:

~Encouraging and supporting parents / carers / and in working in partnership with them;
~Listening to and valuing each individual pupil or young person;
~Ensuring that all members of staff, both teaching and support, full-time and part time, are properly      trained and understand the procedures they have to follow.

Queensbury School fully supports the Birmingham Area Child Protection Committee Procedures and the Birmingham Local Education Authority Child Protection Procedures. Copies of which are available to download from Birmingham City’s Safeguarding Website. The policy is intended to comply with recent regulations and reports around safeguarding and Child Protection.

Child Protection is not just about responding to specific allegations or incidents. It is also about the suitability of staff to work with children and supporting the young person to grow up with the skills to keep themselves safe in today’s society.

When Queensbury School appoints it follows a selection process designed to assess the candidate’s suitability to work with vulnerable groups including children. Checks will be made to ensure that the information provided by any potential employee or volunteer is accurate. An Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check will be undertaken to screen any employees or volunteers for any offences they may have committed against children. All disclosures of any kind will be followed up with the employee or volunteer and where any possible risk is identified this will be considered in terms of impact on their ability to work at Queensbury School.

The school follows the policy and guidelines of appointments as laid down by Lord Lamings report of Safer Recruitment 2009. All staff and volunteers go through the recommended recruitment process and are registered on the schools Single Central Register.