Safeguarding & Child Protection
At St Dominic’s School, the health, safety and well-being of every child is our paramount concern. We listen to our pupils and students and take seriously what they tell us. Our aim is that children will enjoy their time in our school. We strive to work in partnership with our parents and carers to help the pupils and students in our care to achieve their full potential and make a positive contribution.
The school promotes the welfare of and the safeguarding of all children and young people who use its services. The Trust and its school’s work to the principles embodied within the Children’s Act 1989, Guidance published by DfES Safeguarding Children – Guidance about Child Protection arrangements for the Education Service (2004), the Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families (2000) and Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015).
All new staff employed or contracted to work at the school have completed Child Protection Training as part of their induction. This induction is provided by a dedicated member of staff to ensure delivery, full compliance and accountability. All our staff, Governors and volunteers, receive annual refresher training.
Sustainable communities are built on trust transparency and partnership evidenced by outstanding outcomes in the wellbeing of our pupils and students. School management arrangements include bringing into the management team expert trained staff into the extended Leadership Team of the school in order to enhance and assure the quality of attention and accountability for safeguarding systems and arrangements.
On rare occasions our concern about a child may mean that we have to consult other agencies even before we contact parents or carers. The procedures which we follow have been laid down by the Local Children’s Safeguarding Boards, and the school has adopted the Trust Safeguarding Policy and related school procedures in line with this for the safety of all.
Please click here to view our Child Protection, Adult Protection & Safeguarding Policy.
Please click here to view our Staying Safe poster, copies of which are displayed around the school.
Designated Safeguarding Lead & Designated Safeguarding Governor
Mark Oliver, Head of Care, is the Designated Safeguarding Lead at St Dominic’s School and leads a team of Safeguarding officers: Angela Drayton (Principal), Vicky Perry (Head of Education - Teaching & Learning), Liz Godfrey (Head of KS3), Emma Jones (Head of KS2), Matthew Bell (SENCo), Haley Scanlon (School Nurse), Simon Reynolds (Teacher), Nina Radley (Behaviour Support & School Counsellor).
For any safeguarding concerns the team can be contacted via the school office or by sending a confidential email to email@example.com.
The Designated Safeguarding Governor is Andrew Falk.
St Dominic’s 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’s staff, Mr Mark Oliver, named a ‘Key Adult’ or Mr Simon Reynolds - ‘Deputy Key Adult’, are informed the next morning that there has been a domestic incident or if a child has been reported as missing. These school colleagues already have safeguarding responsibilities and are fully aware of the sensitive and confidential issues regarding such information. Through sharing this information with Mr Oliver or Mr Reynolds, the school can ensure that the child is supported in the most appropriate way during the school day.
We are keen to offer the best support possible for our pupils and students and we believe this is going to be extremely beneficial for all those involved.
For more information see www.operationencompass.org
Liaison with Surrey Family Voice
As part of developing transparency and the improvement journey for the school, partnership arrangements have been developed with Surrey Family Voice to actively promote and support the needs of our parents, carers and families. The following actions have been agreed:
- St Dominic’s School designated as an associate member of Surrey Family Voice.
- Surrey Family Voice will provide regular workshops to parents regarding their service and how they can support the parents and carers of St Dominic’s.
- Dissemination of appropriate and relevant information provided by Surrey Family Voice to the parents of the young people in our care.
- Hosting of a workshop for staff to explore what it is like from a parent or carers perspective to care for a child with SEN. This workshop will encourage practitioners to develop a greater understanding of the needs of our parents and carers and potentially extend their skill set in meeting these needs.