Burford School is fully committed to safeguarding.
At Burford we recognise our moral, ethical and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of students. We endeavour to provide a safe, secure and welcoming environment where young people are respected and valued. We promote their health, wellbeing and personal and social development. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect, and follow procedures to ensure that the students in our care receive effective support, protection and justice.
We help to keep students safe by having:
- an overarching Safeguarding Statement.
- an up to date child protection and safeguarding policy.
- other safeguarding policies, such as anti-bullying, in place.
- clear safe recruitment processes.
- check the suitability of all our staff to work with children.
- encourage students to tell us if something is wrong.
- adhere to health and safety regulations.
- train all our staff to recognise and respond to child welfare concerns.
- appoint designated staff who have additional training in child protection.
- work in partnership with parents and carers.
- share information with appropriate agencies if we have concerns.
If we are concerned that a child may be at risk of abuse or neglect, we follow the procedures in our Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy.
The procedures have been written to protect all students. They comply with our statutory responsibilities and are designed to support students, families and staff. The procedures are based on the principle that the welfare of the child is the most important consideration.
In almost all circumstances, we talk to parents and guardians about any concerns and inform them if we feel we need to refer our concerns to Children’s Social & Health Care. We also ask for parental or guardian consent to make a referral. In rare circumstances, where this is not provided, we may still need to refer the case. Withheld consent is, however, recorded.
If it is felt that talking to a parent or guardian first might in some way increase the risk to the child, the school will report their concerns directly to Children’s Social & Health Care and take advice from them on how to proceed. This only takes place if it is genuinely believed that this is the best way to protect the child.
All child protection records are kept separate from the general school files. Records are stored in hard copy in a locked cabinet. Any records stored on computer are password-protected. Only staff members who need to know about the concerns in order to protect and support a child are able to access these records.
Child protection is a very sensitive issue that raises many questions and a range of strong emotions. Burford School does everything possible to support its students and any action taken is done so entirely in the best interests of the child.
Burford School Staff work with the Early Intervention Hubs to establish a ‘Team around the child’ when appropriate and use the Common Assessment Form (CAF) to access a Multi-Agency Team when necessaryBurford School recognizes its duty to work with other agencies such as Police Child Abuse Investigation Unit, The Kingfisher Team, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and Educational Psychology Service in protecting children from harm and in responding to concerns about possible abuse.