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Safeguarding

The NSPCC describes safeguarding as the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.  It is a top priority at the Deanery CE Academy.

Safeguarding means:

  • Protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
  • Preventing harm to children's health or development
  • Ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
  • Taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes

Child protection is part of the safeguarding process.  It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm.

Safeguarding children and child protection guidance and legislation applies to all children up to the age of 18.

Key staff:

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Mrs Chapman.

Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL) is Mrs Kear-Luckman.

Our Local Board member with responsibility for Safeguarding is Rev. Dr Phill Harrison.

If you are ever concerned about the safety or wellbeing of any child, please speak directly to:

  • One of the named safeguarding leaders named above
  • Any member of the Deanery CE Academy staff
  • A member of the NSPCC safeguarding team using the helpline on 08088005000
  • A member of Swindon's Family Contact Point on 01793 466903

Our duty of care:

All staff have a duty of care to report concerns when they arise.

Parents and carers will be informed of such concerns unless to do so would increase the risk to the child.

A written record of any concern will be kept on file and shared with other safeguarding professionals as necessary.  Written records will be kept locked and secure, computer records are encrypted.