All schools have a statutory duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
If you have concerns about a child within our school you should share this information with a member of staff immediately. The named people below are the people who you should talk to within Booker Park School – however if they are unavailable please speak to the most senior member of staff available.
Designated Safeguarding Lead – Jo Dolder (Safeguarding Manager)
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead – Christine Stephenson (Principal)
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead – Marianne Murphy (Head of School)
Hilda Robinson – Designated Safeguarding Governor
At Booker Park School, the health, safety and well-being of every child is our paramount concern. We have a duty of care for the children who attend our school. We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. We want to work in partnership with you to help your child achieve well and be prepared for the next stage in their education and for adult life.
We promote a culture of ‘Everyone’s Responsibility’ in our school setting. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children. In order to fulfill this responsibility effectively all professionals should make sure their approach is child-centred. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.
To promote a safe environment for pupils, our selection and recruitment policy includes checks on all staff and regular volunteers’ suitability, including Disclosure and Barring Service checks ( formerly CRB checks), as recommended by Buckinghamshire County Council in accordance with current legislation. All visitors to the school must enter via the main Reception, sign in and wear a visitors badge at all times. A leaflet is given to all new visitors to the school site detailing key arrangements for safeguarding, fire, lockdown etc. All visitors are asked to switch off their mobile phones whilst on the school site.
In accordance with our responsibilities under section 175/157 of the Education Act 2002, we have a Designated Person for Child Protection, Jo Dolder, who is the Safeguarding Manager, and has received appropriate training for this role. It is her responsibility to ensure that all staff in contact with children receive child protection awareness training, including training on issues such as radicalisation, peer on peer abuse, FGM and CSE, on a regular basis.
There are occasions that our concern about a child may mean that we have to consult other agencies. We work with a range of agencies that are able to provide help, support and advice for parents and families. Whilst we would always aim to work in partnership with parents there may be exceptions to this, when concerns are raised, for the protection of a child.
The school has adopted a Child Protection Policy in line with guidance from the local authority and for the safety of all our pupils. If you want to know more about our procedures, please speak to the Designated Safeguarding Lead or the Additional Designated Persons.
We understand that at times parents/carers may have concerns about other families or children within our school setting. In this situation please come and talk to one of the above named persons to share your concerns. Similarly, we understand that there are times within a family setting that things become difficult. If you feel you would like some support or someone to talk to please do contact Jo Dolder who can offer a range of guidance and support in the first instance.
If you have any concerns about a member of staff please talk with one of the above named persons or a member of the Senior Leadership Team. In the case of the concern being about the Headteacher then contact should be made with the Chair of Governors.