Ridge Community Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
This means that we have a Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy (updated Autumn 2018) and procedures in place. Parents and carers are able to read the policy online here, or can request a paper copy from the School Office. This policy is currently being reviewed to ensure it is in-line with the guidance contained in Keeping Children Safe In Education 2018.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’ welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with the child’s parents or carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.
Our Designated Senior Lead for Child Protection is Mrs Catherine Simmonds. Our Deputy DSLs are Miss Jane Icely and Ms Janet Walton.
If you have a concern about a child’s safety or well being you should Report It following this guidance (click here to open the PDF.)
Below are some links to websites which provide useful information for families:
Information about contraception, sex and relationships, abortion, sexual health, sexually transmitted infections, and the work done by fpa.
Information about child safety and protection from abuse.
Information, statistics, help and advice in relation to the prevention of cruelty to children.
Offers information and advice for children and adults about child abuse and child safety.
There are currently no procedures for reporting Domestic Abuse incidents to schools which means that our children are left without the support and nurture that they need when they need it the most. Operation Encompass has been created to address this so that by 9.00am on the next school day the school’s Key Adult will be informed that the child or young person has been involved, heard or witnessed a domestic incident. This knowledge, given to schools through Operation Encompass, allows the provision of immediate early intervention through silent or overt support dependent upon the needs and wishes of the child.
For more information, please visit Operation Encompass website.
At Ridge Community Primary School, the Key Adult is Mrs. Catherine Simmonds.