How we keep children safe
The Anglo European School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its students. We recognise that all adults, including temporary staff, volunteers, and governors, have a full and active part to play in protecting our students from harm, and that the child or young person’s welfare is our paramount concern.
We have a team of Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) who oversee safeguarding in our school, but safeguarding is EVERYBODY’S responsibility. Safeguarding in this school means ensuring that everyone is safe from harm, safe from bullying, safe from people who could abuse, safe from discrimination or harassment, and safe from radicalisation.
WE HAVE A CULTURE OF CURIOSITY
Staff in our school are trained to be curious and trained to keep in mind that ‘it could happen here’. We are never complacent, and we put safeguarding at the forefront of everything that we do.
If a member of staff has a nagging doubt about a child, they will speak to the child’s Form Tutor or Year Leader and try to find out more. If a member of staff has an obvious concern about a child, they know to report that immediately to a DSL. Staff know to report in person and to record concerns on CPOMS.
For staff use only: https://angloeuropean.cpoms.net
WHAT DO WE DO TO KEEP CHILDREN SAFE?
- We have a culture of curiosity and vigilance, but we also teach children to keep themselves safe in a positive way.
- We closely track and monitor attendance and we respond quickly to any concerns relating to non-school attendance. Please see the document below which outlines our procedures for responding to a child's absence from school.
- We work closely with external agencies and share information as appropriate in order to keep children safe.
We teach children about the importance of keeping safe online.
- We teach children to be kind and treat each other with respect.
- We make sure that children know that all adults in our school are approachable and that they can talk to any adult if they are worried.
- We provide children with an opportunity to report any concerns via this website, including the opportunity to report something anonymously if they wish to.
- We teach children about the importance of looking after their mental health, but support those who are struggling.
- We filter and monitor how they use computers in school and we intervene if anything they write or look for makes us curious to know more.
- We listen to student voice and give students the opportunity to tell us the things that worry them.
- We challenge discrimination, harmful sexual behaviour and any other behaviours or language that cause harm.
If you have a concern of a safeguarding nature, please contact the school and ask to speak to Mrs Wootton, Designated Safeguarding Lead, or any of the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads. Mrs Wootton can also be contacted directly via the email address under the photograph below.
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads
In this school, we adhere to safeguarding legislation and government guidance which says that safeguarding means:
- Protecting children from maltreatment
- Preventing impairment of children’s health or development
- Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
- Taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcome
In this school, safeguarding includes child protection, health care plans, health and safety, site security, safety on school trips, anti-bullying work and so much more.
The school adheres to the following three DFE safeguarding documents:
- Working Together to Safeguard Children
- Keeping Children Safe in Education
- The Prevent Duty
All staff receive regular Child Protection and Safeguarding update training and regular information on our most vulnerable children.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child or young person’s welfare. We are also confident to challenge other agencies when we think it is in the best interest of the child.
We will ensure that our concerns about our students are discussed with parents, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child or young person’s welfare.
Please look at our linked safeguarding pages for more information on mental health support available in our school and advice for parents, information on Relationship and Sex Education and Health Education and keeping safe online.