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Safeguarding

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 electronically signing in and out at our reception desk you are agreeing to follow the advice found on this website. 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 2020)

Remember:

  • 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

Never:

  • 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
Assistant Headteacher (Pastoral)

Mr K Alderman
Head of Year 11

Mrs L Harper
Head of Year 9

Ms L Jenkins
Head of Year 7

Mr J Lovegrove
Inclusion and Engagement Leader

Mrs T Wheeler
Inclusion Manager

Ms P Bateman
Student Welfare Officer/Counsellor