At The Russell School, safeguarding children is given the highest priority.
'Under the Education Act 2002 (Section 175), schools must make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Parents/carers should know that the law (Children Act 1989) requires all school staff to pass on information which gives rise to a concern about a child’s welfare, including risk from neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse. Staff will seek, in general, to discuss any concerns with the parent/carer and, where possible, seek their consent to make a referral to Children’s Social Care if that is considered necessary. This will only be done where such discussion will not place the child at increased risk of significant harm or cause undue delay. The school will seek advice from Children’s Services when they have reasonable cause to suspect a child may be suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. Occasionally, concerns are passed on which are later found to be unfounded. Parents/carers will appreciate that the school’s Designated Safeguarding Officer carries out their responsibilities in accordance with the law and acts in the best interests of all children.’
Mrs Pitt, Ms Poet and Mrs Garn are Designated Safeguarding Officers. All staff receive regular training in child protection and safeguarding procedures. Mrs Pitt, Ms Poet, Mrs Patel, Mr King and Mrs Bowden have all completed accredited training in safer recruitment procedures.
Our Designated Safeguarding and PREVENT Governor is Mrs Dickson. Mrs Dickson visits school regularly to check on the school’s safeguarding procedures.
We always welcome help from parents and carers in school or on trips and visits, once the necessary checks have been carried out. If you would like further information on DBS checks, please speak to the school office staff.
The Russell School is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our children. We believe that safeguarding against radicalisation is no different from safeguarding against any other threat children might face.
All staff are expected to uphold and promote the fundamental British values including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
On 1 July 2015 the Prevent Duty (Section 26) of The Counter-Terrorism & Security Act 2015 came into force. This duty places the responsibility on local authorities to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.
As part of our commitment to safeguarding and child protection we fully support the government’s Prevent Strategy.
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