At Kedington Primary Academy the safeguarding of our pupils is of paramount importance. Our process and protocols for safeguarding children ensure that we meet the expectations outlined by the Department for Education in their 'Keeping Children Safe in Education' document.
In our school we establish and maintain an ethos where our pupils feel secure, are encouraged to talk and are listened to. Children at our school will be able to talk freely to any member of staff or regular visitor to our school if they are worried or concerned about something.
All staff and regular visitors will, either through training or induction, know how to recognise a disclosure from a child and will know how to manage this. We will not make promises to any child and we will not keep secrets. Every child will know what their chosen adult will have to do with whatever they have been told.
We will do this by endeavouring to work in partnership with other agencies and seek to establish effective working relationships with parents, carers and other colleagues to develop and provide activities and opportunities throughout our curriculum that will help to equip our children with the skills they need. This will include materials and learning experiences that will encourage our children to develop essential life skills and protective behaviours. As part of our ongoing Safeguarding work our staff are trained around the Prevent Strategy to prevent pupils from being radicalised. Our policies and procedures outline the ways in which we maintain a culture of vigilence to protect from radicalisation.
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead and Prevent Lead is Mrs Harris (Deputy Headteacher) and the Alternate Designated Safeguarding Leads are Miss Tillmanns (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) and Mrs Doherty (Headteacher). Our safeguarding governor is Mr Martin Brown. All members of staff can be contacted with any safeguarding issues. Our Online Safety Lead and Designated Teacher for Children in Care is Mrs Harris.
All members of staff are DBS checked and have Level 1 Safeguarding training, whilst the Designated Safeguarding Lead has Level 3 Safeguarding training. The Governing Body are also DBS checked and have completed their Safeguarding training.