Safeguarding at Grace Garden School
There is a strong culture of safeguarding at Grace Garden School, it is at the heart of all that we do and the responsibility of each member of the Grace Garden community.
All staff are trained in Safeguarding and receive regular updates in line with current Ruskin Mill Trust Policy and Advice, available by clicking here.
The school’s Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy can be found here. It is updated each year and all staff members receive annual training to ensure their knowledge about safeguarding remains current. The suitability of staff members to work with children and adults at risk is checked by the DBS before they start work. This applies also to volunteers and visitors who are at the school for extended periods of time.
“The principal holds the designated safeguarding lead to account and actions are agreed to keep pupils safe. As a result, all senior leaders are well informed of safeguarding concerns and can supervise each other’s work in this area”
– Ofsted, 2018
Any issues or concerns about safeguarding issues relating to children, young people and staff at Grace Garden School School are reported to the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead.
All new staff are required to complete an on-line safeguarding course which is followed by face to face safeguarding training delivered by the safeguarding team.
Senior staff have been trained in Safer Recruitment. This includes members of Senior Leadership Team, the relevant governors and trustees, and members of the human resources department.
In addition to this training, all staff members are required to read and abide by the Ruskin Mill Trust Code of Conduct. Staff members and anyone with a connection to the school can report any suspicions, however small, of abuse, neglect or concern to one of the Designated Safeguarding Lead or to any member of the Safeguarding Team. They can also make a report directly to the Bristol Safeguarding Children Board.
“Staff effectively promote pupils’ personal development. Their care for pupils is excellent”
– Ofsted, 2018
Staff are available Monday to Thursday from 8.45am to 5.15pm and Fridays from 8.45am to 4.45pm: Telephone: 0114 273 4855
For assistance out of office hours (weekdays and all day at weekends and bank holidays): Telephone: 0114 273 4855
If anyone has a concern about the safety or welfare of a child or young person, they have a duty to report this concern. You are able to do this via the safeguarding team or if you are unable you can make a report with the Bristol Safeguarding Children Board.
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) is a national charity which works to fight child abuse. Click here to visit the NSPCC website.
If you have concerns about online safety, you should report this to the safeguarding team. However, you (adult or young person) can report your concerns to CEOP, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre by visiting the CEOP website at www.thinkuknow.co.uk