Safeguarding at Dorothy Stringer School
At Dorothy Stringer School we strive to be a place where students, staff, helpers, families and other visitors will be made welcome and comfortable and where we will treat each other with respect.
We believe that all children and young people have the right to protection from neglect and abuse and that their welfare is of paramount importance. Dorothy Stringer School is a place where learning and personal development takes place in a climate of trust and confidence and where we value everyone's unique contribution to our community.
We are committed to safe recruitment and selection procedures to ensure that all staff and volunteers have been appropriately screened prior to appointment, and to the provision of appropriate child protection training through the staff induction programme and within continuing professional development opportunities.
We believe that our school should provide a caring, positive, safe and stimulating environment that promotes our school values and the Social Moral Spiritual and Cultural development of the individual child.
We recognise the importance of providing an environment within our school that will help children feel safe and respected. We recognise the importance of enabling children to talk openly and to feel confident that they will be listened to. We recognise the need to teach children the skills they need to stay safe and to ask for help if they need it.
We recognise that all adults within the school, including permanent and temporary staff, volunteers and governors, have a full and active part to play in protecting our students from harm.
We will work with parents to build an understanding of the school's responsibilities to ensure the welfare of all children, including the need for referrals to other agencies in some situations.
Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016
Keeping children safe in education is statutory guidance for schools and colleges who must have regard to it when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. All of our staff have read and been trained following this latest guidance.
Every year we conduct a Safeguarding audit and have the Brighton and Hove child protection officer/safeguarding lead, to conduct external audits as well.