St George’s College ensures that its students are safe, emotionally secure and stimulated. Our students needs are integral to everything we do. It is our desire that all of our students form open, harmonious and trusting relationships that enable them to express their feelings and opinions. 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 time, what is in the best interests of the child. In the light of this, we want every student to develop and grow into young citizens of the world that can take their place in society with strong values and morals, knowing the values of what is right and what is wrong. The students wellbeing is our number one priority. Therefore, we have a Wellbeing hub that is based on our Buckswood campus. Staff can use this as a resource base and support centre and can pop in or phone up for a chat. We have a smaller version at St George’s which both students and staff have access to throughout the day.
The Wellbeing Team comprises of :
- Designated Safeguarding Lead; (Mr Brendon Commane, who can be contacted by email : firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01424 813813 x245)
- Safeguarding Officer (Ancor Cabezas Hayes, he can be contacted by email: email@example.com or on 01424 813696)
- Safeguarding Officer (Anne Jeffery, she can be contacted by email : firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01424 813813 x244)
What is Safeguarding?
Safeguarding children is the action we take to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined in Working Together to Safeguard Children: A Guide to Inter-Agency Working to Safeguard and Promote the Welfare of Children (March 2015) as:
- protecting children from maltreatment;
- preventing impairment of children’s health and 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.
Our pupils’ welfare is our paramount concern. St George’s will ensure that our school will safeguard and promote the welfare of all our students and work together with other agencies to ensure that our educational establishments have adequate arrangements to identify, assess and support those children who are suffering or likely to suffer harm. Our Safeguarding Policy is available on our Policies webpage or you can click this link : Child Protection Policy
Teachers and mentors pledge
Teachers uphold public trust in the profession and maintain high standards of ethics and behaviour, within and outside school, by:
- treating pupils with dignity, building relationships rooted in mutual respect, and at all times observing proper boundaries appropriate to a teacher’s professional position
- having regard for the need to safeguard pupils’ well-being, in accordance with statutory provisions
- showing tolerance of and respect for the rights of others
- not undermining fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
- ensuring that personal beliefs are not expressed in ways, which exploit pupils’ vulnerability or might lead them to break the law.
- Teachers must have proper and professional regard for the ethos, policies and practices of the school in which they teach, and maintain high standards in their own attendance and punctuality
- Teachers must have an understanding of, and always act within, the statutory frameworks, which set out their professional duties and responsibilities