Safeguarding Policy 

Safeguarding Statement

Eton Dorney Independent Therapeutic School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. To achieve our commitment, we will ensure continuous development and improvement of robust safeguarding processes and procedures that promote a culture of safeguarding amongst our staff and volunteers.

We are committed to inspiring, challenging and safeguarding our pupils, enabling them to become:

  • Successful learners, who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve.

  • Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.

  • Responsible citizens who will make a positive contribution, both socially and economically, to society.

  • Successful learners ready for lifelong learning, independent people, where they are aware of  their personal safety and knowing that  making the right choices will keep them safe and healthy.

This is best achieved when we all work in unison and as part of a multi-agency approach – of working as ‘part of our therapeutic school team where our pupils’ safety is at the heart of everything we do’.

The designated safeguarding lead for Eton Dorney Independent School is Ms. Parmentier (Headteacher)

The nominated governor for safeguarding is Ms. Boothroyd (carer Governor)

The designated lead for looked after children is Mr. Abdus – Samad (SENCo/ Deputy Headteacher)

All adults who work in school have a responsibility to read and understand all safeguarding policies (click here for all policies). This expectation is displayed as the school’s ‘Safeguarding Notice for staff  and Volunteers’

All adults are also expected to read the DfE guidance: Keeping children safe in education guidance – September 2018.pdf

It should be read alongside statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children, and departmental advice What to do if you are worried a child is being abused- Advice for practitioners.

Information sharing is vital to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. A key factor identified in many serious case reviews (SCRs) has been a failure by practitioners to record information, to share it, to understand its significance and then take appropriate action. Click here to view the DfE guidance: Information Sharing

Effective working together depends on an open approach and honest relationships between agencies. Where professionals consider that the practice of other professionals is placing children at risk of harm, they must be assertive, act swiftly and ensure that they challenge the relevant professionals in line with the Buckinghamshire safeguarding Board. https://bscb.procedures.org.uk/page/contents

Schools have a duty to safeguard children from radicalization and extremism. This is referred to as Prevent. More information is available on a dedicated section of the school website

Link to prevent strategy

All adults at Eton Dorney Independent Therapeutic School are made aware of the NSPCC Whistleblowing Advice Line on 0800 028 0285. This anonymous, free of charge service provides support to employees wishing to raise concerns about how their organization has handled a child protection concern.

School Policies

It is the responsibility of all adults in school to be familiar with the school safeguarding and health and safety. (link to school policy)

Including online safetyto it/ computer policy)

And a school’s duty to safeguard children from radicalization and extremism. This is outlined on our Prevent Strategy Guidance pages.

Get advice

NSPCC (for adults) Telephone: 0808 800 5000 Contact the NSPCC if you want to discuss your concerns and get advice.

Child Line (for children and young people) Telephone: 0800 1111 (free) The Child Line number won’t show up on your phone bill if you call from a landline or from most mobile networks.

Gov.uk Advice and information about reporting child abuse can be found at https://www.gov.uk/report-child-abuse

Educate Against Hate – https://educateagainsthate.com/