At Stedham Primary School we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our all our pupils. If you are concerned about a child, please contact:
Mr Malcolm Meaby – Designated Member of Staff for Safeguarding/Child Protection
Mrs Jane Hines - Deputy DMS for Safeguarding/Child Protection
There is a detailed Child Protection Policy which is available on the School Policies section of the website. It is the Governing Body’s duty to ensure the policy is reviewed annually and any deficiencies within the policy addressed immediately. All staff and governors undertake child protection training as part of their induction which is refreshed annually. All complaints about and allegations of abuse by a teacher will be dealt with following the Child Protection Committee Procedures, led by the Headteacher. Any complaints about the Headteacher will be dealt with by the Chair of Governors who should be contacted directly.
All newly appointed staff have a criminal record search called a DBS check. This search highlights people who have a criminal record or who have previously had allegations made against them. If staff are found to have a criminal record their appointment is reconsidered by the Head Teacher and members of the Governing Body. The Local Authority is informed directly by the Disclosure and Barring Service.
The Headteacher sits on all appointment panels. The Headteacher and some members of the Governing Body have undertaken training on Safer Recruiting.
New staff are inducted into safeguarding practices. Newly appointed staff are assigned a mentor for the induction period. It is the responsibility of the mentor to familiarise new staff with procedures and policy which affect the health and safety of all at the school but especially the children.
Induction of Volunteers and Work Experience candidates
Long term volunteers and volunteer drivers must also have DBS clearance. For extended or unsupervised contact with children a full DBS search will be initiated. Until clearance is given, contact remains supervised by staff.
Stedham Primary School, like many others in West Sussex, have signed up to be part of Operation Encompass. The aim of this national initiative is to support children, in some situations, who have been party to domestic violence situations at their home address which has required the police to attend. If you wish for more information please click the link: www.operationencompass.org