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Safeguarding during school closure

If the school has to close again and you are concerned about the safety or welfare of a pupil during a current school closure please either:

  • call 999 if they are in imminent danger
  • call the School (between 8.30am-3.30pm) and ask to speak to the Safeguarding Lead on duty
  • email the Designated Safeguarding Lead and Headteacher:

    DSL Mandy Sands: mandysands@theswanageschool.co.uk
    Headteacher Jenny Maraspin: jennymaraspin@theswanageschool.co.uk
  • If you are concerned for yourself or a friend and feel unable to contact the police or the school, we recommend contacting childline on 0800 1111 or contact them via their website on www.childline.org.uk


Further information regarding safeguarding during school closure

The operation of The Swanage School during a school closure in relation to COVID-19 is fundamentally different to business as usual, however, a number of important safeguarding principles remain the same:

  • The best interests of the children will always continue to come first.

  • Either the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) or a deputy will be available at all times to provide support and there is a team following up on all concerns.

  • If anyone in school has a safeguarding concern about any child they should continue to act and act immediately.

  • It is essential that unsuitable people are not allowed to enter the children’s workforce and/or gain access to children.

  • Children should continue to be protected when they are online.

  • We will be operating in line with government advice and guidance and on any updated advice received from the local 3 safeguarding partners.

  • We shall respond to any updated advice received from:  
  1. local authorities regarding children with education, health and care (EHC) plans
  2. the local authority designated officer (LADO)
  3. children’s social care, identify the reporting mechanisms, referral thresholds and children in need
  • We shall continue to work with and support children’s social workers and the local authority virtual school head (VSH) for looked-after and previously looked-after children.

  • Peer on peer abuse - given the very different circumstances The Swanage School is operating within, a revised process will be required for managing any report of such abuse and supporting victims.

  • Staff and volunteers should continue to raise concerns about a staff member or volunteer who may pose a safeguarding risk to children.

  • The Swanage School shall be contacting all families once a week at a minimum by phone or email.  The School is constantly reviewing children who come under the ‘vulnerable’ definition and will make more frequent contact and offer support where necessary.

  • Where there is no response to any communication from the School 'home visits' may be required to ensure everyone is safe.


What is safeguarding?

The Swanage School is committed to the highest standards in all safeguarding issues and we take seriously our duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of the children in our care.

Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility and is defined in government guidance "Working Together to Safeguard Children" as:

  • protecting children from maltreatment
  • preventing impairment of children's health or 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

What we do

In our commitment to safeguarding the children in our care, we ensure we follow best advice, guidance and best practice. In doing so we:

  • value and respect all children in our care
  • follow government guidance and the advice of safeguarding partners such as the Local Area Designated Officer (LADO)
  • are quick to act if we believe or suspect a chid in our care is suffering any type of abuse, maltreatment or neglect 
  • network and share information with other schools and external agencies, sharing information where appropriate, including with children's social care
  • involve children and their parents / carers appropriately

In relation to staff, volunteers and governors, we:

  • recruit them safely, ensuring all checks are done
  • adopt a code of conduct
  • ensure they are appropriately trained
  • ensure they understand their responsibilities in safeguarding and know who to report concerns to
  • provide information about whistle-blowing
  • deal appropriately with allegations or concerns raised about a member of staff, volunteer or governor

What to do if you have a safeguarding concern

Everyone has a responsibility to safeguard children. If you have any concerns, no matter how seemingly small, about the welfare of a pupil at The Swanage School please contact our Designated Safeguarding Lead or one of the Deputy DSLs immediately.