Parkgate Junior School is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for children, staff and visitors and promoting a climate where children and adults will feel confident about sharing any concerns which they may have about their own safety or the well-being of others.
The School’s Child Protection policy draws upon the principles of “Every Child Matters”, duties conferred by the Children Acts 1989 and 2004, S175/157 of the 2002 Education Act, the Education & Inspections Act 2006 and the guidance contained in “Working Together to Safeguard Children”,“What To Do If You’re Worried A Child Is Being Abused”, the current DCSF Circular - “Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education” (2007) and procedures produced by the Herts Safeguarding Children Board. The policy is applicable to all on and off-site activities undertaken by pupils whilst they are the responsibility of the School.
Designated Senior Person - Sarah Pipe
Deputy DSP - Sally Croxford
Safeguarding Governor - Sarah Hughes
The School aims to:
All those who are to be employed by the School or who will come into unsupervised contact with pupils as volunteers are subject to checks through the Criminal Records Bureau. A rigorous checking of qualifications and references will also be undertaken by the School before offering anyone employment. Appropriate general training on Child Protection issues will be provided on induction and at regular intervals to all members of staff, and specialist training will be attended by the designated contact, in accordance with statutory requirements.
Parkgate Junior School’s Designated Senior Person, in charge of Child Protection issues is the Headteacher or Acting Headteacher. There is a Deputy Designated Person; the Deputy Headteacher or Acting Deputy Headteacher. Any concerns can be discussed with them.