Safeguarding at Danegrove
The welfare of our children and their safety is the overriding consideration of the school at all times. As with all schools, we have a legal duty to look out for signs of abuse in children and report any concerns to the Social Services at the Local Authority, who will carry out the necessary investigations. We follow the procedures and guidelines set out in the London Child Protection Procedures.
Danegrove School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All appointments are subject to two satisfactory references and a satisfactory enhanced DBS check.
The Safeguarding Team
The Lead Designated Teachers for Child Protection are Deborah Metcalf Headteacher, Nick Davis and Huseyin Huseyin Deputy Headteachers. Their deputy is Kristel Stevens, Learning Mentor. She has received Level 3 training for this role, and regularly attends further courses.
The Headteacher reports to the Senior Management Team and the Welfare, Discipline and Curriculum Governors' Committee.
All staff receive appropriate initial child protection training and regular updating, as well as being supervised and supported in the work they do. All staff and some Governors received updated training in September 2020. Information is available on how to obtain advice, support and help if there is a concern that a child is being harmed in any way.
All senior staff attended Safer Recruitment and Safeguarding Training in January 2020.
Danegrove follows Safer Recruitment of staff procedures. Interview panels always include members who have completed Safer Recruitment training. All staff are required to complete an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check before they can work in the school.
The school maintains a single central record that contains all of the data required by Ofsted.
The responsibility for introducing, implementing, and maintaining the Safeguarding Policy rests with the Governors. They formally review the policies in line with the monitoring review system.
The Pastoral Team
The Learning Mentor, Kristel Stevens, leads our Nurture Groups across the school. The children are afforded the opportunity to talk through any concerns or worries. This may be a group session or a 1:1 session as required.
Here is a checklist of Safeguarding-compliance – September 2020
All adults should be aware of the DFE booklet: Keeping Children Safe in Education
Further information about safeguarding children in Barnet can be found on the Barnet Safeguarding Children Board website: http://www.barnet.gov.uk/bscb/
Danegrove School has a range of policies and procedures for paid and voluntary staff to ensure the safety and well-being of children and young people. Please see our policy Page