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 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 include 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 from 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
- Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022
- 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
Mrs Hankin (Assistant Headteacher Safeguarding and Wellbeing) is the Designated Safeguarding Lead. She is supported on the Safeguarding Team by Miss Phillips (TEAM Hub Manager), Mrs Brimmell (Wellbeing Officer), Mrs West (Student Support Officer), and Mr Jones (Headteacher) all of whom are trained as Additional Safeguarding Leads.
We have a designated Safeguarding Governor, Carolyn Stirk, who visits the school on a regular basis to meet with members of the Safeguarding Team and monitor their work.
The Cottesloe School is committed to safeguarding the welfare of young people. The school has its own robust safeguarding policies, procedures and systems.
Raising concerns about a child
At The Cottesloe School, there is a strong sense of community where we expect all members of the school to share the responsibility of looking out for and after each other.
If you have a concern about the welfare of a child who attends the school, please contact a member of the safeguarding team by telephoning or emailing the school.
Should you wish to raise a concern about a young person who does not attend the school, or outside of school terms, please use this link Report a concern about a child you to advice provided by the Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children Partnership
Buckinghamshire Council's First Response Team
If you have an urgent concern about the safety of a child or young person, call 999 and ask for the police.
Student and Parent Helpline Directory
Child Sexual Exploitation / Grooming
Eating Disorders / Body Image / Self Esteem
- Advice to Parents and Carers (Tower Hamlets council guide)
- Advice to Parents and Carers (Merton, Safeguarding Children Board)
- Online radicalisation and extremism
- Tackling Extremism in the UK David Cameron on extremism (Telegraph)
Forced Marriage and FGM
- Foreign & Commonwealth Office
- Karma Nirvana
- FGM and Forced Marriage
- FGM ACCM (Agency for Culture and Change Management)
- The Mix - essential support for under 25s
- Young Minds
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (Buckinghamshire)
- Mental Health and Young People (YouTube video)
- Charlie Waller Memorial Trust
Stop Abuse Together
Stop Abuse Together | Government resource to help keep children safe from sexual abuse
It’s estimated that one in ten children in England and Wales will experience sexual abuse before they turn sixteen. That’s equivalent to three in every classroom.
Most children won’t tell anyone at the time of their abuse. That’s why it’s important for everyone to know how to spot the potential signs of child sexual abuse and where to go for support if concerned.
The Government’s new Stop Abuse Together website is to help teachers and parents learn to spot the signs and know when to reach out for more support. If you have any concerns at all about a child’s safety or wellbeing you can call the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000