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 their 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, including Disclosure and Barring Service checks, as recommended by Buckinghamshire Council in accordance with current legisation.
In accordance with our responsibilities under section 175/157 of the Education Act 2002 and "Keeping Children Safe in Education" September 2023, we have a Designated Safeguarding Lead for Child Protection, Hugh Bradbury (firstname.lastname@example.org) who is a member of the Senior Leadership Team, and has received appropriate training for this role. Hugh is also the Designated Mental Health Lead. It is his responsibility to ensure that all staff in contact with children receive Child Protection awareness training on a regular basis. Hugh is also the Designated Teacher for Looked After Children. His Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is Tim Patteson (Deputy Head). In the event that these staff are absent or unavailable, Sebastian Hayes (Assistant Headteacher) or Marion Rasekh (Associate Assistant Headteacher) would deputise.
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 to speak to a child without a parent's 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 office is manned throughout the school holidays with the exception of the week between Christmas and New Year.
We have a site which is as safe and secure as possible, including the use of CCTV.