At Newtown the health, safety and well-being of every child are our paramount concern. We listen to the children and take very seriously what they tell us. Our staff want to work in partnership with you to help your child achieve their full potential and make a positive contribution in later life.
To promote a safe environment for the children at Newtown, our selection and recruitment policy includes all checks on staff and regular volunteers’ suitability, including Disclosure and Barring and staff disqualification checks, as recommended by Buckinghamshire County Council in accordance with current legislation.
In accordance with our responsibilities under section 175/157 of the Education Act 2002, we have a Designated Person for Child Protection, Julia Antrobus, who is also a member of the Senior Leadership Team and has received appropriate up to date training for the role. It is the Designated Person’s responsibility to ensure that all staff in contact with children receive child protection awareness training on a regular basis. At Newtown we also have other trained Designated People, namely Louise Crook, Deputy Head & SENCO and Toni East, Nurture worker who are also fully trained and can act as deputies in Julia Antrobus’ absence.
There are occasions that our concern about a child may mean that we have to consult other agencies. Whilst we would always aim to work in partnership with parents there may be exceptions to this when concerns are raised for the protection of a child. On very rare occasions Social Care, whilst undertaking an investigation under Section 47 of the Children’s Act 1989, may want to speak to a child without parents’ knowledge. This would be a decision made in collaboration with partner agencies and would only be done in situations where a child might be at immediate risk. To gain consent at this point may increase the level of risk to the child or cause evidence of a crime to be lost.
The procedures, which we follow, have been laid down by the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board, and the school has adopted a Child Protection Policy in line with this for the safety of all. Our current Child Protection Policy can be downloaded below.
If any parent or member of the public witnesses or has knowledge of information pertaining to the welfare of a child then they can contact Social Care direct through the First Response contact centre 0845 4600 001