Safeguarding at William Harding School

At William Harding School, the health, safety and well-being of every child are our paramount concerns. We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. Our aim is for children to enjoy their time as pupils at William Harding. We want to work in partnership with you to help your child achieve their full potential and make a positive contribution.

To promote a safe environment for pupils, our selection and recruitment policy includes all checks on staff and regular volunteers’ suitability, including Disclosure and Barring Service checks ( formerly CRB checks), as recommended by Buckinghamshire County Council in accordance with current legislation. All entrances and exits to the school are secured during the school day. Access to the school during the school day is through the main office only. All visitors and helpers are issued with a visitors badge and are required to sign in and out of the premises. All staff (including governors) and regular helpers in the school have undergone DBS checks. 

In accordance with our responsibilities under section 175/157 of the Education Act 2002, we have a Designated Person for Child Protection, Mr Taylor our INDCo is responsible and has received appropriate training for this role. It is his responsibility to ensure that all staff in contact with children receives child protection awareness training on a regular basis. Miss Cotchin, Headteacher takes overall responsibility for ensuring our safeguarding procedures are in place and are robust. Mrs A Bone, Safeguarding Manager, has received all the appropriate training for a Designated Person for Child Protection. There are also a number of other leaders who have received the training such as those responsible for Breakfast, After school and holiday club.

There are occasions that our concern about a child may mean that 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 Section 47 of the Children Act 1989, may want to speak to a child without 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. If you want to know more about our procedures, please speak to any of the Designated Persons or your child’s class teacher Policy can be found in the policies section of the website.

Below are links to our safeguarding documents as well as some other useful links: