Ofsted described our safeguarding as:
The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.
The school’s detailed safeguarding policy considers the most up-to-date guidance from the Secretary of State. It is published on the school’s website.
The proprietor ensures that the school meets all the statutory requirements for safeguarding. The suitability of adults to work with pupils in school is checked effectively before staff take up their appointments.
Effective systems ensure pupils’ safe and appropriate access to the electronic devices. Access to the internet is limited and effective systems are in place to ensure appropriate monitoring and filtering are in place. Child protection records and safeguarding information are fit for purpose, detailed and stored securely to ensure confidentiality. Information about concerns is shared swiftly with the appropriate authorities.
All staff are highly vigilant and trained effectively to protect pupils from potential safeguarding risks, including radicalisation and extremism. Leaders’ frequent briefings ensure that staff are kept up to date and that staff have a deep understanding of the risks to each individual pupil.
Peregrinate School Safeguarding Statement
Peregrinate School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our learners and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Designated Safeguarding Lead – Christian Mollan 0151 530 1681
- Peregrinate School is a safe place for learners, where our responsibilities for safeguarding learners are taken seriously.
- Through our curriculum, learning and teaching, we teach our learners about personal safety, and how to keep themselves safe from harm and through the fundamental promotion of British values.
- There is a strong anti-bullying ethos evident throughout the organisationl. We teach our learners how to recognise bullying, how to keep themselves safe from bullying behaviour and how to report it. We listen to our learners.
- Our curriculum includes opportunities to discuss feelings and emotions, and helps our learners to think about their own personal safety and their rights as individuals to be kept safe from harm.
- We teach our learners about the uses and misuses of drugs, including legal highs, at an age appropriate time and level.
- Our sex education programme teaches our learners about keeping themselves safe from harm, at an age appropriate level.
- We have clear guidance to help learners to use the internet (including social media) safely and have appropriate filters in place to prevent pupils accessing inappropriate materials.
- Our policies and agreed practices for child protection, health and safety, behaviour management, attendance and looked after learners all comply with the recommendations for safeguarding learners at school. We have a trained designated safeguarding lead and deputy, and designated stakeholders with responsibility for safeguarding at the school.
- We have policies to manage potential allegations against staff, whistleblowing and the use of physical intervention. A list of the policies which support this statement is detailed below.
- Our staff recruitment policies and practices are rigorous and comply with safe recruitment and selection requirements. We always pursue identity checks and qualification checks and we take up and scrutinise written references before confirming employment.
- We require clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) before employing any staff, in addition to pursuing List 99 checks.
- All voluntary helpers, supply teachers, agency staff, and outside club and coaching staff are required to provide evidence of DBS clearance.
- It is the responsibility of every adult in this organisation to ensure that we maintain the highest level of awareness about possible unsafe practices and deal with any issues immediately and appropriately.
References – ‘Working Together to Safeguard Learners’ (2015) ‘Keeping Learners Safe in Education’ (2015)
Peregrinate Policies which support the Safeguarding Statement:
- Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy
- Safeguarding Flowchart
- Promoting Good Behaviour Policy
- Special Educational Needs Policy
- Complaints Procedure
- Code of Conduct and Whistleblowing Policy
- Emergency Management Plan
- Equality and Diversity Policy
- Anti-bullying Policy
- Health & Safety Policy
- Safer Recruitment Policy
- Drug and Alcohol Policy
- Internet Conditions of Use Policy
- Visitors to School Screening Procedures
- My Safeguarding Pledge
- 7 For Safeguarding