Shottermill Infant School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This means that we have a safeguarding culture and have Safeguarding and Child Protection Policies and procedures in place which are robust in approach and expectation. All staff are trained annually on Safeguarding and follow our school procedures. Parents and carers are welcome to read the Policy which is accessible under policies on this website or a hard copy on request. Our policy and practice is in line with, and supports, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and all national statutory requirements.
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 pupils 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.
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is:
Mrs Elaine Allum
Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are:
Mrs Collins and Mrs Noble
Our Designated Safeguarding Governor is:
Mrs Jen Churchill
What to do if you are concerned...
If you are concerned about a child’s welfare, please contact the school office so that they can immediately find a DSL for you to talk to. We also have key phone numbers in the school enabling you to contact relevant authorities.
Alternatively you can call Surrey Children’s Services on 0300 470 9100 or get more information from www.surreycc.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/childrens-social-care/contact-childrens-services or contact the Police.
Equally if your concerns relate to the actions or behaviour of a member of staff (which could suggest that s/he is unsuitable to work with children) please ask to speak to a DSL in confidence, who will refer the matter to the Headteacher (or the Chair of Governors if the concern relates to the Headteacher) and procedures will be followed.
Click on the image to go to Talk Pants, the NSPCC site about keeping your child safe.
Click on the LINK for a leaflet containing information for children about what to do if they ever feel unsafe at school.
The school has taken the opportunity to join the Operation Encompass scheme which will run jointly between local schools, Surrey Police and Surrey County Council.
Operation Encompass has been designed to provide early reporting on any domestic incidents that occur outside of school and might have an impact on a child in school.
Operation Encompass will ensure that a member of the school teaching staff, named a ‘Key Adult’ or “Deputy Key Adult”, is informed the next morning that there has been a domestic incident or if a child has been reported as missing.
This means that the Key Adult or Deputy Key Adult can ensure that the child is supported whilst they are in school.
We are keen to offer the best support possible for our pupils and we believe this is going to be extremely beneficial for all those involved.
For more information see www.operationencompass.org