At Bluebell Park School we are committed to safeguarding our pupils and promoting their welfare and expect all staff, governors, visitors and volunteers to share this commitment and work to provide a safe, secure and vigilant environment.
The school ensures children learn in a safe, caring and enriching environment. Children are taught how to identify risky, unsafe or problematic situations, how and when to seek help, how to develop positive and healthy relationships and how to avoid situations where they might be at risk including by being exploited.
The school also has a statutory responsibility to share any concerns it might have about a child in need of protection with other agencies and in particular police, health and children’s services. Schools are not able to investigate child protection concerns but have a legal duty to refer them. In most instances the school will be able to inform the parents/carers of its need to make a referral. However, sometimes the school can in certain circumstances share information without the consent of the family and may be advised by children’s services or police that the parent/carer cannot be informed whilst they investigate the matter or make enquires. We understand the anxiety parents/carers understandably feel when they are not told about any concerns from the outset. The school follows legislation that aims to act in the interests of the child.
We will always seek to work alongside and in partnership with families and other agencies to provide the very best we can for our pupils, working for the best outcomes for the child and family using a person centred approach.
Our curriculum is aimed to promote pupils own safety through many ways such as helping develop choices and promoting pupil voice, developing positive relationships with others and keeping themselves safe in all situations.
We ensure that our staff are regularly trained in safeguarding issues and kept up to date with current information. We closely monitor pupils well being and behaviour and will talk with parents / carers if we notice any changes to see what may be happening.
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Michelle Slater. We have two additional Safeguarding Leads – Teri-Ann Steele and Jamie Campbell.
We support Operation Encompass. See more at this link.