Safeguarding at Bishop Fox’s

Bishop Fox’s School aims to safeguard and promote our student’s welfare, safety, health and guidance by fostering an honest, open caring and supportive climate.  The student’s welfare is of paramount importance.

Working Together to Safeguard Children (DFE March 2015) requires all schools, including independent schools, academies, and free schools to follow the procedures for protecting children from abuse. All schools are also expected to ensure that they have appropriate procedures in place for responding to situations in which they believe that a child has been abused or are at risk of abuse – these procedures should also cover circumstances in which a member of staff is accused of, or suspected of, abuse.

Keeping Children Safe in Education (DFE September 2016) states that safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all professionals should make sure their approach is child-centred. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.

Schools and colleges and their staff form part of the wider safeguarding system for children. This system is described in statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015. Schools and colleges should work with social care, the police, health services and other services to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.

Safeguarding legislation and government guidance says that safeguarding means:

  • Protecting children from maltreatment
  • Preventing impairment of children’s health or development
  • Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
  • Taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcome

Safeguarding includes child protection, medical health care plans, health and safety, site security, safety on school trips, anti-bullying work and so much more.

The school’s Safeguarding and Child Protection Team include- Mr C. Millar (Designated Safeguard Lead), Miss K. Clarke (Deputy Designated Safeguard Lead) and Miss A. Lowbridge (Deputy Designated Safeguard Lead).

The Designated Governor for Child Protection is Mr. David Joslin.

In order to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, the Bishop Fox’s School acts in accordance with the following legislation and guidance:

Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education (2007)

Keeping Children Safe in Education (DFE September 2016)

Working Together to Safeguard Children (DFE March 2015)

The Prevent duty -Departmental advice for schools and childcare providers (June 2015)

The school has a range of Safeguarding and Child Protection Policies and procedures which are reviewed regularly. These include:

  • Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy
  • Anti-Bullying Policy
  • Visitors’ Safeguarding Procedures
  • Information for Visitors poster (including Safeguarding)
  • Request for visiting speakers to attend policy
  • Health and Safety and Security Policy
  • Staff Code of Conduct
  • Whistle-blowing and Confidential Reporting Policy
  • Fire and Evacuation Policy
  • ICT: Staff Acceptable Use Policy
  • ICT: Student Acceptable Use Policy
  • ICT: E-Safety Policy
  • Attendance and Punctuality Policy
  • Behaviour for Learning Policy
  • Equalities Duty
  • School Trips Policy
  • First Aid Policy
  • Recruitment Policy- (Including Safer Recruitment and Disclosure and Barring Service)

All staff receive annual Child Protection and Safeguarding update training and are aware of the procedures for passing on any causes for concerns within school. These can relate to Child Protection, Student Welfare, E-Safety, Radicalisation or other causes for concern. If any members of the school or local community have concerns about the welfare of a child in the school, please pass them on to the School Child Protection Team.

  1. Keeping Children Safe in Education- Statutory Guidance for Schools and Colleges September 2016
  2. Working Together to Safeguard Children (DFE March 2015)
  3. The Prevent duty- Departmental advice for schools and childcare providers June 2015
  4. A parents’ guide to PREVENTing Extremism and Radicalisation

Related Policies

Code of Conduct Policy 2015
Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy October 2016
Visiting Speaker Protocol 2015
Whistleblowing and Confidential Reporting 2015
Preventing Extremism and Radicalisation Policy