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What is safeguarding?
Samuel Cody is committed to the highest standards in all safeguarding issues and we take seriously our duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of the children in our care. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and is defined in government guidance “Working Together to Safeguard Children” (attached) as:
- protecting children from maltreatment
- preventing impairment of children’s health or development
- ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care, and
- taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes
At Samuel Cody School, we have an established system in place for safeguarding our students. This allows us to identify students who may be suffering from, or at risk of, harm or abuse and intervene as quickly and effectively as possible. We are a small school community and work closely with each other and our families to keep our students safe. We also take very seriously, our role in ensuring that the students in our care are given the opportunity to acquire necessary skills with which to keep themselves safe in an increasingly technological world.
Our dedicated staff team are trained to recognise the signs that a child may be suffering abuse and understand the importance of reporting any concerns they may have. In addition, there are specific staff who have undertaken additional specialised training to safeguard our students and other young people.
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is: Mr M Jenkins (Assistant Headteacher KS4)
Our Designated Safeguarding Deputies are: Mr A Creaser, Miss S Sanders and Mr S O’Kane
Message to Students
If you have any concerns about your wellbeing or safety, or the wellbeing and safety of another child, please speak to a member of staff you feel confident to talk to as soon as you can.
Message to Parents / Carers / Other Adults
If you have concerns about a child at the school, or you have concerns about your own child please contact a member of the pastoral team, one of the DSL trained staff above or another member of staff you feel confident to talk to straight away.
Useful Telephone Numbers
Hampshire Children’s Services (local office): 0845 6035620
Childline: 0800 1111