Our Safeguarding Statement

Brook Green Centre for Learning is committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all our students. We believe that our students have a right to learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment which includes the right to protection from all types of abuse; where staff are vigilant for signs of any student in distress and are confident about applying our safeguarding processes to avert and alleviate any such problems.

Safeguarding is about ensuring that everyone is safe from harm – safe from bullying, safe from people who could abuse, safe from discrimination or harassment – and that we all feel safe in our environment. 

We recognise that because of their day to day contact with children, school staff are ideally placed to observe the outward signs of abuse. Staff in school will therefore:

·       Report any inappropriate behaviour / activities to designated staff

·       Establish and maintain an environment where children feel secure, are encouraged to talk and are listened to

·       Ensure that children know that they can approach any adult in school if they are worried and they will receive a consistent supportive response

·       Provide, within the curriculum, opportunities for children to develop the skills they need to recognise, and stay safe, from abuse

Our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy is available to parents and students on the school website.

The school safeguards students with reference to the following three Department for Education guidance documents: 

· Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015

· Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016

· The Prevent Duty 2015

 All staff receives annual Safeguarding and Child Protection update training and are aware of the procedures for passing on concerns within school

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our students are discussed with his / her parents / carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.

If you are ever concerned about the safety or well?being of someone at our school please talk to one of the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead s (DSLs).

Designated Safeguarding Lead: Sara Jordan (Headteacher)

Deputy Designated Leads: Maria Krac and Allison Newcombe

Safeguarding Governor Lead: Mary Aspinall