Cams Hill School believes that it is of the utmost importance to have good systems for protecting children and safeguarding their welfare. This means that all those who work with children in the school must be alert to possible concerns about every student and report these appropriately.
In order to protect our pupils at Cams Hill School, we aim to:
- create an atmosphere where all our pupils can feel secure, valued and listened to;
- recognise signs and symptoms of abuse;
- respond quickly and effectively to cases of suspected abuse.
Cams Hill School will support all pupils by:
- encouraging self-esteem and self-assertiveness whilst not condoning aggression or bullying;
- promoting a caring, safe and positive environment within the school.
Everyone working with our pupils should be aware that:
- their role is to listen and note carefully any observations which could indicate abuse;
- they should not attempt to investigate once the initial concern is raised;
- they should involve the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) immediately;
- if the DSLs are not available, the Headteacher should be contacted;
- a disclosure of abuse or harm can be made at anytime (lesson times, break times, after school etc).
Before outside agencies are invited into Cams Hill School to work with our pupils or to carry out work on the premises, staff are required to ensure that all relevant DBS checks and identification has been seen.
If you have a concern that a child is being harmed or at risk of harm or you receive a disclosure (intentionally or unintentionally) you must contact one the following or call the school on 01329 231641:
Aly Potts – Assistant Headteacher and designated safeguarding lead and coordinator
Ian Hudson – Assistant Headteacher and designated safeguarding lead
Sara Brooker – Interventions & inclusions manager and designated safeguarding lead
Pippa Newman – HOY 10, Associate Assistant Headteacher and designated safeguarding lead
Jorden Anderson – Assistant HOY 9 & 11 and designated safeguarding lead
Amy Kendall – Assistant HOY 8 & 10 and designated safeguarding lead
Cams Hill policy for safeguarding children is to:
- protect children from maltreatment;
- prevent impairment of children’s health or development;
- ensure that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;
- take action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
The following information is aimed to assist you if you have any safeguarding concerns during any closure or school holiday period. If you have an urgent concern regarding a child the call 999/101 for the Police, 999/111 for Medical support.
Children Services – 0300 555 1384 (during office hours) 0300 555 1373 (out of hours)
firstname.lastname@example.org (during office hours)
Any concerns regarding mental health and the child is in immediate danger call 999.
Alternatively, the following services will be able to offer advice and support:
Samaritans – 116 123 – samaritans.org
Young Minds – Text YM to 85258 – youngminds.org.uk
CAMHS – 0300 304 0050 – hampshirecamhs.nhs.uk
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