As a school we are fully committed to safeguarding our students and we aim to create a culture of vigilance in the school. The staff at Pedmore are all aware that safeguarding the students in our care is everyone’s responsibility and that we always work in the best interests of the child. Staff training takes place at least annually, with staff updates ensuring that everyone is alert to the issues of high national priority, such as Child Sexual Exploitation, Children Missing in Education, FGM and the Prevent Strategy.
Staff are made aware that the key message in their role is to recognise that ‘It could Happen Here’ and they are made aware and reminded of the protocols to follow should they have a concern about a child’s safety or well-being. The school takes the well -being of the students very seriously. Where relevant, the school works closely with outside agencies, but recognises that as access to such support continues to diminish, the school has a vital role to play in aiming to ensure that vulnerable young people are appropriately supported.
We have a strong pastoral system; there are four members of staff fully trained as Designated Safeguarding Leads. The DSL and the Headteacher are members of the Senior Leadership Team, and there are 2 other Deputy DSLs ( non- teaching members of staff) , to ensure that there is always someone available to respond to concerns.
Students are encouraged to be aware of and adopt British Values, to respect themselves and each other, and to keep themselves and each other safe, including online.
These ‘values and themes’ underpin our assembly and tutor programme, and are embedded in our Personal Development Curriculum.
Our safeguarding approach has been developed in accordance with the principles established by the Children Acts 1989 and 2004; the Education Act 2002; and in line with government publications the Teachers' Standards 2012, 'Working Together to Safeguard Children' 2015 and 'Keeping Children Safe in Education' 2016