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Safeguarding

At Hugh Christie the health, safety and well-being of every child is our top priority.

We expect all staff, governors and volunteers to share this commitment to safeguarding our students.

We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. All school staff are trained in safeguarding , and children are made aware of the adults they can talk to if they have any concerns. Staff are trained to look out for signs of physical/emotional harm or neglect and are required to report these to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).

The procedures which we follow have been laid down by the Kent Area Safeguarding Team and the Governing Body has adopted a Child Protection Policy in line with this, for the safety of all. On occasions our concern about a child may mean that we have to consult other agencies. We will ensure that all concerns are discussed with parent/carers first, before any referrals are made, unless we believe that such a move may be contrary to a child’s welfare.

We actively support the Government's Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism. All staff have received training in how to identify possible signs of radicalism and extremism within a student.

If you are concerned about the safety of any child attending the school or you think they are at risk in any way, you should make contact with our designated  safeguarding lead or one or our three other DSL trained staff.

They are:

Jeanette Ingram (Director of Safeguarding - DSL) – 01732 353544 EXT 259 / jingram@tonbridgefederation.co.uk

Paul Bargery – (Designated Safeguarding Lead - DSL)  - 01732 353544 EXT 226 / pbargery@tonbridgefederation.co.uk

Any concern will be recorded and acted upon in line with the agreed policy.

The Governing Body also has a designated safeguarding member. This is Sue Mason who can be contacted via the Clerk to the Governors in the event you wish to raise concerns about the school’s safeguarding procedures or polices (see page 5).

Copies of all the school’s safeguarding policies are available to download here:

Safeguarding policy

Online Safety Policy

Keeping children safe in education

Worried about a child?

If the child is in immediate danger, call 999.

If you are worried about the safety of a child or young person please contact the  Kent Central Duty Team  on 03000 41 11 11 or central.duty@kent.gov.uk to make a referral.

http://www.kscb.org.uk/procedures/child-in-need-chin

You can also contact the NSPCC who have a dedicated helpline - 0808 8005000

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-you-can-do/report-abuse/dedicated-helplines/whistleblowing-advice-line/