The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and all staff appointed to work at the School undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post.
The School's DSL is Mr Adrian Dellar, who is the Senior Deputy Head. Working alongside him are Mr Will Collinson (Assistant Head Pastoral) Deputy DSL and four other Child Protection Officers, Miss Hilary Smith (Assistant Head Co-curriculum), Dr Emma Thomas (Head of Upper School), Mrs Lisa Henderson (Head of Lower School) and Mr Chris Jackson (Head of Wellbeing and Head of Year). Mrs Henderson also acts as the designated teacher for looked after children. The School's Child Protection Governor is Dr Jane Mitchell.
If anyone has any child protection concerns regarding a member of the School then they should contact a member of the Child Protection team. All staff are aware that any child protection concerns must be passed to one of the Child Protection Officers as a matter of urgency. Concerns regarding suspected abuse or neglect will be made to Children's Services in the authority in which the child lives. A professional line is provided for School referrals but any individual may make a referral by contacting Children's Services using 02380 833336 (Southampton) or 0845 6035620 (Hampshire).
The School's Child Protection Officers undertake formal refresher training every two years and in addition to this they regularly attend local network meetings and other relevant courses. Whole staff training is conducted every three years.
When new staff, including temporary staff and volunteers, join the School they are inducted and trained in child protection and whistleblowing matters. Prior to commencing work they are all required to attend a Child Protection Induction session with the DSL to discuss Child Protection matters (including the specific safeguarding issues highlighted in section 10), read the School’s Child Protection Policy, the Staff Code of Conduct, Part One (including Annex A) of KCSIE, Pastoral care, behaviour and discipline policy and the acceptable use of technologies policy.
All staff are required to read and understand Part 1 of KCSIE (including Annex B) after every update and sign to that effect. Staff should speak to the DSL if they are unsure about their roles and responsibilities set out in Part One of KCSIE.
The identities of the DSL plus other members of the Child Protection team are highlighted in the Child Protection Induction and the briefing sheet/display on the Staff Noticeboard.
The School's Child Protection Policy can be found here.
Mr A F Dellar firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr W E Collinson email@example.com
Miss H M Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr E L Thomas email@example.com
Mrs L Henderson firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr C J C Jackson email@example.com
The job description of the School's DSL can be found as an Appendix in the Child Protection Policy available by following the link above.