All staff members have had safeguarding training and are aware of the schools referral procedures and know who the safeguarding leads are.
Staff have a duty to safeguard students from:
- physical abuse
- sexual abuse
- emotional abuse
The duty to safeguard students includes the duty to report concerns about a student to the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).
‘Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as: protecting children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes’. (Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018)
Icknield High School has a Safeguarding Policy, which is ratified by Governor’s annually. We have adopt the procedures laid down by the Luton Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB).
The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs J Knighton
The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mr G Forbes
Ofsted reported in September 2016
‘Safeguarding is a particularly strong feature of the school’s success. All staff are committed to ensuring that pupils are safe in school. You, your staff and members of the governing body regularly evaluate the impact of safeguarding procedures. The quality of staff training in safeguarding procedures is excellent. Systems are robust and all staff are up to date with their training. For example, all staff have received and read the latest version of the document ‘Keeping children safe in education’ which came into force on 5 September 2016. Staff’s awareness of the risks associated with radicalisation of young people is strong because they have all had training in the ‘Prevent’ duty. The school has followed the necessary procedures to the letter for any pupils whom it deems to be missing from school.
There are strong relationships between members of staff and pupils, which ensures that pupils trust adults in school and share information with them, knowing that it will be acted on. There is a no-blame culture if a member of staff makes a referral which proves to be unfounded. Staff told inspectors that they will not hesitate in making a referral if they have any concerns, rather than hesitate and run the risk of a situation being overlooked.
Governors are well informed about safeguarding matters. Safeguarding features as a regular agenda item on the student affairs committee and a member of the governing body contributed to a recent local authority review of safeguarding in the school. Any action points from this review were swiftly addressed. Governors have a good awareness of their role in making referrals to ‘Channel’, which is a multi-agency approach to identifying and providing support for young individuals who are at risk of being drawn into terrorism.’
Luton Borough Council Safeguarding Board