At Great Kimble CofE School, the health, safety and well-being of every child are of paramount concern, irrespective of ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, gender, gender re-assignment, religion, belief / non-belief or background.
We are committed to ensuring that positive action is taken where necessary to redress the balance of inequality that may exist – for further details please refer to our Equalities and Cohesion policy.
We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. Our aim is for children to enjoy their time as pupils in this school.
We want to work in partnership with parents to help children achieve their full potential and make a positive contribution to the world they will be part of in the future.
To promote a safe environment for pupils, our selection and recruitment policy includes all checks on staff and regular volunteers’ suitability, including Disclosure and Barring Service Checks, as recommended by Buckinghamshire County Council in accordance with current legislation.
In accordance with our responsibilities under section 175/157 of the Education Act 2002 and “Keeping Children Safe in Education” 2016, we have a Designated Safeguarding Lead for Child Protection (Mrs Mala Cozadinos) and an additional Safeguarding Lead for Child Protection (Mrs Karen Unsworth) who are both members of the senior leadership team, and have received appropriate training for this role. It is their responsibility to ensure that all staff in contact with children receives child protection awareness training on a regular basis. There may be occasions when our concern about a child requires us to consult other agencies. Whilst we would always aim to work in partnership with parents and guardians, there may be exceptions to this when concerns are raised for the protection of a child. On very rare occasions Social Care, whilst undertaking an investigation under Section 47 of The Children Act 1989, may want to speak to a child without parents’ knowledge. This would be a decision made in collaboration with partner agencies and would only be done in situations where a child might be at immediate risk. To gain consent at this point may increase the level of risk to the child or cause evidence of a crime to be lost. All staff undertake regular Child Protection training and take part in Workshops to Raise the Awareness of Prevent.
Recently the Department for Education (DfE) has reinforced the need to ‘create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.’ Diversity is one of our curriculum drivers. We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Religious education lessons and PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) lessons reinforce messages of respect and tolerance for others. Our daily collective worship, whilst mostly Christian, reinforces our values of thankfulness, forgiveness, respect and endurance. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within school.
If you have a concern about a child please contact Mrs Mala Cozadinos or Mrs Karen Unsworth via the School Office on 01844 346189.
Safeguarding Contact Information:
Headteacher Mrs Cozadinos – Designated Lead
EYFS Mrs Unsworth – Additional Lead
Child Protection Governor - Mrs Howgate
The Child Protection Policy is available below.
If you require any further information please contact Mrs Cozadinos via the school office.