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Safeguarding

The Trafalgar School at Downton is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

  • The Trafalgar School is a safe place for students, where our responsibilities for safeguarding children are taken seriously.
  • Through our curriculum we teach students about personal safety and how to keep themselves safe from harm and through the fundamental promotion of British Values.
  • There is a strong anti-bullying ethos evident throughout our school.  We teach our students how to recognise bullying, how to keep themselves safe from bullying behaviour and how to report it.  We listen to our students.
  • Our curriculum includes opportunities to discuss feelings and emotions and helps our students to think about their own personal safety, and their rights as individuals to be kept safe from harm.
  • We teach our students about the uses and and misuses of drugs, including legal highs, at an age appropriate level.
  • Our sex education programme teaches our children about keeping themselves safe from harm, at an age appropriate level.
  • We have clear guidance to help students to use the internet (including social media) safely and have appropriate filters in place to prevent students accessing inappropriate materials.
  • Our policies and agreed practices for child protection, health and safety, behaviour management, attendance and looked after children, all comply with the recommendations for safeguarding children at school.  We have a trained Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and Deputy, and a designated Governor with responsibility for safeguarding at our school.
  • We have policies to manage potential allegations against staff, whistleblowing and the use of physical intervention.
  • Our staff recruitment policies and practices are rigorous and comply with safer recruitment and selection requirements.  We always pursue identity checks and qualification checks and we take up and scrutinise written references before confirming employment.
  • We require clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) before employing any staff, in addition to checking teacher qualifications and QTS status via the Department for Education’s Teacher Services.
  • All voluntary helpers, supply teachers, agency staff and outside club and coaching staff, are required to provide evidence of DBS clearance.
  • The Local Governing Board is regularly updated about child protection, bullying and safeguarding policies and practices.
  • It is the responsibility of every adult in this school to ensure that we maintain the highest level of awareness about possible unsafe practices and deal with any issues immediately and appropriately.

Designated Safeguarding Lead:

Rachael Faulkner, Deputy Headteacher

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead:

Brenda Goodman, Behaviour & Attendance Manager

Safeguarding Governor:

Philip Rhoades

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