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At CGS, the health and safety and well-being of every child underpins every aspect of school life. We listen to our students and take seriously what they tell us. Our aim is for children to enjoy their time as students in this school. We want to work in partnership with parents to help your child achieve thei full potential and make a positive contribution.
To promote a safe environment for students, our selection and recruitment policy includes all checks on staff and regular volunteers' suitability, inlcuding Disclosure and Barring Service checks, as recommended by Buckinghamshire County Council in accordance withcurrent legisation.
In accordance with our responsibilites under section 175/157 of the Education Act 2002 and "Keeping Children Safe in Education" September 2016, we have a Designated Safeguarding Lead for Child Protection, Oliver Josephson who is a member of the Senior Leadership Team, (supported by Justine Cox and Elizabeth Snell) and has received appropriate training for this role. It is his responsibility to ensure that all staff in contact with children receive Child Protection awareness training on a regular basis.
If a situation arises when our concern about a child means we have to consult other agencies, 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.
On very rare occasions Social Care, whilst undertaking an investigation under S47 of the Children Act 1989, may want ot speak to a child without a parents' knowledge. This would be a decision made in collaboration with partner agencies and would only be done in situations where a child might be at immediate risk. To gain consent at this point may increase the level of risk to the child or cause evidence of a crime to be lost.
The procedures, which we follow, have been laid down by the Local Safeguarding Children's Board, and the school has adopted a Child Protection Policy in line with this for the safety of all.
The CGS Safeguarding Team, responsible for Safeguarding and Child Protection, is led by Oliver Josephson, Assistant Head, with two Deputies, Elizabeth Snell and Justine Cox. Sarah Howard, SENDCO Manager is SENDCO to the Safeguarding Team.
The Safeguarding Governor is Francis Sanger.
Oliver Josephson Justine Cox Elizabeth Snell Sarah Howard
Useful sites for advice and guidance with e-safety issues
We have a site which is as safe and secure as possible, including the use of CCTV.
Our Whistleblowing policy is currently being updated.