The Governing Body takes seriously its responsibility under section 11 of the Children Act and duties under “working together” to safeguard and promote the welfare of children; to work together with other agencies to ensure adequate arrangements exist within our setting to identify and support those children who are suffering harm or are likely to suffer harm. We recognise that all staff and governors have a full and active part to play in protecting our pupils from harm, and that the child’s welfare is our paramount concern.
Our school should provide a safe, caring, positive and stimulating environment that promotes the social, physical and moral development of the individual child free from discrimination or bullying where children can learn and develop happily.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead or safeguarding and child protection at Brightwell School is the Headteacher, Fin Lewis.
In their absence, all concerns should be directed to Natalie Collier, Assistant Headteacher and Deputy Safeguarding Lead, Sarah Dow, HSLW or Nick Brown.
The Designated Teacher for Looked After and Previously Looked After Children is the Headteacher, Fin Lewis.
All staff at Brightwell are trained in safeguarding and/or specialist safeguarding.
Safeguarding Governor: Rob Frost
If you have any concerns regarding the welfare of a child. Please contact the staff named above.
Safeguarding documentation for parents
- You can view our latest Safeguarding newsletter to families here.
- Department for Education statement on actions to be taken in response to the "Everyone's Invited" website.
- Visit our page on E-Safety information and advice for parents.
Click here for: Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy
Click here for: Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2020)
Click here for: Volunteer Booklet
Click here for: External Providers Booklet
Click here for: Online Safety Policy
Click here for: Whistleblowing policy
Examples of how we teach Safeguarding
Online safety lessons • Healthy eating focus in science and technology • School values • Playground values • Jigsaw PSHE / RSHE programmes delivered across the whole school with assemblies focusing on Jigsaw themes and school values • Links with the NSPCC ( ‘Speak Out / Stay Safe’ visits) • Cycling Proficiency training (Year 5 and 6) • Local community representatives to support the curriculum such as PCSOs / Police / Fire Safety etc. • IMPS (Injury Minimisation Programme for Schools) visit for Year 6. • Transition work from pre-school settings to Reception and Year 2 to Year 3, Year 6 to Year 7 • We encourage vulnerable children to participate in after school clubs and will help with funding as appropriate. • We mark anti bullying week every November, and encourage children to contribute towards school policy and procedures regarding anti bullying • English lessons: many books used will have themes covering tolerance, mutual respect and democracy • Core values are used to promote rights and responsibilities. Teachers model these values and hold high expectations around the children displaying them when in school. • Our School Council gives the opportunity to learn about different models of democracy and how to ensure we have a safe and productive environment in our school • Jigsaw and Religious Education lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others.