The Orchard takes its responsibility of safeguarding very seriously. The following policies and procedures are in place to safeguard our children:
- All staff, Governors and regular volunteers are DBS checked. The school keeps a single central record of all staff and volunteers.
- There are four trained Designated Safeguarding Leads in School. They are:
Mrs C Rusby, Head Teacher,
Mrs S Mitchell, School Business Manager,
Miss Alison McCarthy, Assistant Head Teacher,
Mrs Chloe Turi, Assistant Head Teacher
Our Designated Safeguarding Leads can be contacted using the following email address;
Our Child Protection Governor is Mr Mark Waters. Mark can be contacted using the following email address;
- All staff receive annual county approved Child Protection Training.
- All staff are trained to listen to pupils, encourage them to TELL when they are upset by others. The staffs get to know the children individuals so that changes in their behaviour or attitude are observed and noted.
- All staff are trained to form positive professional relationships with parents to ensure effective communication and a partnership between home and school.
- Children are taught how to respect other people and how they deserve respect. They are encouraged to express their own opinions and make choices so they know that they are valued as individuals, have a voice and know that is acceptable and valuable to hold an opinion which is different from others.
- Children are taught to use the Internet safely.
- All parent helpers are DBS checked and must complete parent helper safeguarding training.
- Risk assessments of school activities, events and trips are kept up to date and reviewed.
- The school building and site are maintained and evaluated to ensure they meet health and safety requirements and keep our children, staff and visitors safe. The School Business Manager, Head Teacher and caretaker have oversight of the building, check for and rectify any problems daily. The Governors conduct a termly health and safety inspection to assess the site and building and to support the SLT in planning for school improvement and to ensure any hazards are avoided/removed.
For further information please read our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy September 2021, the "What to do if...", "Keeping Children Safe in Education" and "Working Together to Safeguard Children" guidance from the DFE and our Safeguarding Expectations Policy.