At Brownsover Community School we take safeguarding and the safety of children very seriously.
Under the Education Act 2002 (Section 175 for maintained schools), schools must make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Parents/carers should know that the law (Children Act 1989) requires all school staff to pass on information which gives rise to a concern about a child’s welfare, including risk from neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse. Staff will seek, in general, to discuss any concerns with the parent/carer and, where possible, seek their consent to make a referral to Children’s Social Care if that is considered necessary. This will only be done where such discussion will not place the child at increased risk of significant harm. The school will seek advice from Children’s Social Care when they have reasonable cause to suspect a child may be suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. Occasionally, concerns are passed on which are later found to be unfounded. Parents/carers will appreciate that the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead carries out their responsibilities in accordance with the law and acts in the best interests of all children.
The designated lead for safeguarding is Elisa Basnett (Headteacher).
The deputy designated leads for safeguarding are: Rosemary Hercock (Bridges Leader),Helen Westerby (Deputy Headteacher), Emma Bishop (Family Support Worker), Sylvia Redhead (Senior Teacher), Carolyne Hobday (Bridges Deputy Lead) & Teresa Arbon (Bridges).
The governors with responsibility for safeguarding are Mary Sewell & Dieta Hubbard.
If you have any concerns regarding the safeguarding of a child please contact the designated lead or one of the deputy leads in their absence. If the concern is regarding the Headteacher please contact Helen Owens - Chair of Governors at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Designated Officers (DO) Bally Bal & Lisa Dada on 01926 743433. Or email: email@example.com
What is Prevent?
Prevent is part of CONTEST, the Government’s strategy to address terrorism. The main aim of Prevent is to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. Prevent focuses on all forms of terrorist threats. E.g. international terrorism, far right extremists (among others).
The Government’s Prevent strategy can be found at the following address: www.homeoffice.gov.uk
Three key themes
The Police, Local Authorities, and our partner organisations are working together to help strengthen and empower our communities to reject those who want to cause harm. We work together and focus on three key themes:
Safeguarding vulnerable individuals through the provision of advice and support and intervention projects.
Working closely with institutions such as Universities, Schools, Prisons, Health, Charities and faith establishments.
Challenging terrorist ideology by working closely with other local and national agencies, partners and our communities
The Prevent Engagement Team of officers and police staff aim to encourage discussion ensuring that terrorism is prevented from taking root in our communities. They support the wider engagement activities already taking place in schools, places of worship and community groups.
Through this work they aim to strengthen communities in order to challenge the ideologies and messages of hate which lead to terrorism.
How you can help?
It is important that we all work together, so that we can protect our communities. There are many ways you can help:
You can get in touch with your local neighbourhood or Prevent team for advice and support, if you are worried about someone you know who you believe may be vulnerable to radicalisation
You can speak to your local officers or Prevent contact about helping run community events to bring people from different communities together
You can provide facilities that could help us and our partners hold community engagement events.
PLEASE READ OUR PREVENT LEAFLET IN CONJUNCTION WITH OUR POLICY ON SAFEGUARDING' AND 'CHILD PROTECTION’