Brooke School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
- All visitors must sign in at reception and may be requested to show identification at any time.
- All staff, governors, trustees, volunteers and regular visitors have enhanced disclosure through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and qualification checked where relevant.
- Stephen Garside (Headteacher) is the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) for the school.
- Vanessa Gilbert, Selina Crinigan, Hannah Gibson, Heather Witherington, Abi Clifford-Hensby, Zoe Barnard, and Lynne Carter are Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL's) for the school.
- Heather Witherington is a qualified social Worker who works with the Headteacher to moderate whole school policies and procedures.
The school has a Safeguarding Children Policy and other procedures in place which are included in the Policies section of this website.
All staff (including supply staff, volunteers and governors) must ensure that they are aware of these procedures.
All visitors are given a leaflet which explains their responsibilities around safeguarding while in school.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child's welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with their parents or carers first, unless we have reason to believe that this would be contrary to the child's welfare.
‘Under the Education Act 2002 (Section 175 for maintained schools/Section 157 for academies/free/independent schools), schools must make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Parents/carers should know that the law (Children Act 1989) requires all school staff to pass on information which gives rise to a concern about a child’s welfare, including risk from neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse. Staff will seek, in general, to discuss any concerns with the parent/carer and discuss the need to make a referral to Children’s Social Care if that is considered necessary. This will only be done where such discussion will not place the child at increased risk of significant harm or cause undue delay. The school will seek advice from Children’s Social Care when they have reasonable cause to suspect a child may be suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. Occasionally, concerns are passed on which are later found to be unfounded. Parents/carers will appreciate that the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead carries out their responsibilities in accordance with the law and acts in the best interests of all children.’