Cleves School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at school. All concerns are passed through the members of staff who are trained as "Designated Child Protection Officers" in school in compliance with the "sharing of information" guidance.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Chris Hodges. He is supported by Ian Russ and Craig Smith
If you have any serious concerns about your child or any other pupil at Cleves School please do not hesitate to contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead who knows who to contact for the best advice and help and is experienced in using the appropriate degree of confidentiality.
Staff are asked to report any causes for concern to the School Safeguarding Team using a written proforma. Any concerns will be shared with parents as early as possible as more often than not there are extremely reasonable explanations for the concern. Concerns may range from children being visibly upset to persistent lateness to children ‘disclosing’ concerns.
An integral part of our safeguarding work relates to the government's PREVENT strategy, which is designed to stop radicalisation, and the duties it places on all academic institutions. All adults in our school, whether or not they have direct contact with children, are committed to providing a secure environment for pupils, where children feel safe and are kept safe.
With regard to radicalisation, staff will be trained to be alert to specific issues, including:
- Disclosures by pupils of their exposure to the extremist actions, views or materials outside of school, such as in their homes or community groups
- Graffiti symbols, writing or art work promoting extremist messages or images
- Disclosures that pupils are accessing extremist material online, including through social networking sites
- Parental reports of changes in behaviour, friendship or actions and requests for assistance
- Use of extremist or ‘hate’ terms to exclude others or incite violence
- Intolerance of difference, whether secular or religious or, in line with our equalities policy, views based on, but not exclusive to, gender, disability, homophobia, race, colour or culture.
For more information about PREVENT please click here.