Safeguarding Safeguarding statement
At The Cottesloe School we take our responsibilities in relation to safeguarding and child protection very seriously. We instil a strong culture of vigilance amongst all members of the school community and believe it is our shared responsibility to safeguard each other.
Safeguarding begins with ensuring that anybody who comes in to contact with our young people is appropriately checked and cleared to ensure they are safe to work in our school. Access to the site is closely monitored. Our recruitment procedures follow “safer recruitment” guidelines that includes steps to DETER, IDENTIFY and REJECT those applicants who are not safe to work with children. All staff undergo regular and approved training and updates on their obligations with regard to child protection and safeguarding. This includes training in areas such as misuse of the internet and social media, child sexual exploitation and the government’s 'Prevent' strategy, aimed at stopping young people falling prey to radicalisation.
The school works closely with partner agencies such as Woman’s Aid, Barnardo’s, the Police, Social Care and the Local Authority to ensure young people are kept safe.
The school follows the government guidance as set out in the following documents:
- Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018
- Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020
- Children Act 1989
- Equalities Act 2010
- Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005
- Serious Crime Act 2015
- Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003
We also follow guidance from the Local Safeguarding Children Partnership, and the Local Authority.
The School's Safeguarding Policies can be found here:- https://www.cottesloe.bucks.sch.uk/about/policies