School Closure Safeguarding
With the school now closed, except for children of key workers and vulnerable learners because of the COVID-19 outbreak, we are emailing regarding our safeguarding procedures during this time. The usual safeguarding protocols will be in place for on-site activity
In addition, to maintain our safeguarding duty for students not in school:
- If you have any safeguarding concerns then please contact Dr Hall, the Senior DSL on the following mobile number 07436 530997 or via email at Staysafe@testbourne.school (which will send an email to all of the members of the school’s DSL Team).
- Alternatively, if school staff do not respond as they may be unwell, then you can also contact Childrens Services directly on 0300 555 1384 (Office hours – Mon to Fri 9am until 5pm) or firstname.lastname@example.org (Office hours – Mon to Fri 9am until 5pm). There is also an out of hours contact - 0300 555 1373.
- If you are in any way concerned that a child is at an immediate risk then you should call 999 without delay.
Testbourne School is committed to safeguarding students and promoting student’s welfare and expects all staff, governors, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment and maintain a vigilant and safe environment. It is our willingness to work in a safe manner and challenge inappropriate behaviour that underpins this commitment.
By signing in and out of the visitor’s book you are agreeing to follow the advice within this leaflet. All visitors must wear the visitor’s badge provided by reception and this must be visible at all times. An adult without a badge will be accompanied to the school’s reception to confirm they have signed in.
Visitors must be accompanied at all times by a member of the school staff.
If you have ANY concerns about a student’s welfare or wellbeing or have a concern about the behaviour of any adult within the school towards a student:
- Ask a member of staff to contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead, the Headteacher or a member of the Safeguarding team and discuss your concerns without delay.
- Remember it is important to share your concerns even if you are unsure
The Child Protection Policy is available for you to read, as is the current government guidance: Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2018)
- Provide a positive role model to students
- Dress appropriately ensuring your clothing is not likely to be viewed as offensive or revealing
- Treat all members of the school’s community with respect and tolerance
- Work with students so that you are visible by a member of the school staff
- Respect a student’s privacy and dignity
- Always be able to justify any physical contact you have with a young person
- Always report any situations that arise that you may feel may give rise to a complaint or misunderstanding in respect of your own actions
- Photograph or video a student without the school’s permission
- Never use your personal mobile in areas used by students
- Ignore inappropriate behaviours towards students either by other students or adults
- Share personal details with a student
- Meet or contact the student outside of school including by text, email, Facebook or other social media or give a child a lift home.
- Discuss the school, students or adults working within the school on social media
- Make inappropriate comments to a student including racist, homophobic, sexist or sexualised comments
- Give gifts to a student (unless part of the school’s agreed recognition policy or with the agreement with your line manager) or show them preferential treatment
If a child or parent has a safeguarding concern and is unable to talk to a member of staff, please report via StaySafe reporting form by clicking here.
Our designated staff for safeguarding are:
Dr D Hall
Mr J Beck
Mrs E Sudds
Mrs G Newton
Mr K Alderman
Ms P Bateman
Miss S Gunning
Mr J Lovegrove
Assistant DSL / Head of Year 9
Ms L Jenkins
Mrs D Tanner