Our school recognises our moral and statutory responsibilities to safeguard and promote the welfare of our students. We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming culture environment where all young people and staff are respected and valued. We will be alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and will follow our procedures to ensure that young people receive effective support protection and justice.
We believe that all those who come into contact with children and families in their everyday work, including practitioners who do not have a specific role in relation to child protection, have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
- Prior to employment, all staff (paid or voluntary) are DBS checked for their suitability to work with children and young people.
- Once the member of staff joins our school, they are given school Safeguarding Training by one of our Child Protection Team. This training includes an overview of our responsibilities, signs and symptoms as well as advice and guidance about what to do in the event of a concern.
- Annually, staff are also required to complete an online-targeted safeguarding course
- Other visitors to the school are expected to sign in at reception and to read our Safeguarding Leaflet (see below) which is given to them on arrival. They are then supervised whilst on site.
The Safeguarding Team
- Designated Safeguarding Lead - Mrs Louise Rea-Palmer, Assistant Headteacher
- Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead - Mrs Elizabeth McClatchie, Senior Pastoral Leader
- Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead - Mr Matt Whiddett, Pupil Premium Co-ordinator
- Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead - Mrs Alyson Martin, Student Support Manager
- Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead - Mrs Louise Butler - Safeguarding Officer
- Member of the Governing Body responsible for Safeguarding - Mrs Sarah Pemberton
Also supporting the Safeguarding Team are:
If you have a concern about a Safeguarding issue please contact Mrs Rea-Palmer in the first instance on 01344 772658.
Out-of-School Hours and School Holidays:
All urgent concerns relating to children should be reported to the Local Authority:
Bracknell Forest Council 01344 352005
Wokingham Borough Council 0118 908 8002
We want to ensure that our value of SAFE is shown through all areas of our school life. Safeguarding is not just about protecting young people from deliberate harm but includes educating them with a curriculum to allow them to understand, discuss and
reflect in a safe environment about many issues that could affect them, including:
|Pupil Health & Safety||Drug and substance misuse|
|Bullying and racist abuse||Vaping|
|Cyber safety / Internet safety||School security|
|Harassment and discrimination||Promoting attendance|
|Children’s criminal and sexual exploitation||Minimising exclusions|
|Forced marriage and FGM||Issues specific to the local area|
|Mental Health, wellbeing and self-harm||Hearing the child’s voice – school council, mentoring, peer counselling, student surveys|
|Meeting the needs of pupils with medical conditions||PREVENT and extremism|
Child Protection refers to measures that are undertaken to protect specific children who are at risk of suffering significant harm, which could be physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect. Knowing the signs of abuse and how to report them is a vital part of safeguarding students.
Should you have any questions or wish to discuss anything further regarding safeguarding and child protection at Edgbarrow, please do not hesitate to contact us. We have lots of people who are here to listen and for you to report to:
We also have non-contact ways to report:
- Reporting tool on the Intranet
- IMABI APP
All Students in Key Stage 4 and Keys Stage 5 are invited to use the Help@Edgbarrow Teenage Drop-in Centre.
The Centre is a proactive response to the different needs of teenagers today. The facility is for students in the upper years of the school and runs every Friday in the scout hut during the lunch break.
It is an inter-agency approach to addressing aspects of young people’s physical, emotional, mental and sexual health needs. A team of local professionals, including a school nurse, youth worker and family planning nurse will staff the centre.
Benefits it would deliver:
For more information please follow the link https://www.safesexberkshire.com/
Information for Students
Safe4me - Anti-social behaviour
Private Fostering - Bracknell Forest Council
We use an industry-standard firewall to ensure our web filtering is appropriate and this is annually checked using Friendly Wifi. If you have any concerns, please contact the school.
Bracknell Forest has asked us to raise awareness of the Omegle App.