Safeguarding at PLC is of paramount importance. We ensure that all our staff are aware of, and have the skills to deal with, any child protection or safeguarding concerns. We have robust recruitment procedures and professional development programmes which ensure that all our staff uphold our strong ethos and values. All of our staff receive annual training in child protection as well as updates as required.
Key School Contacts
The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Louise Leader, Headteacher.
The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (DDSL) are Tim Lakeman, Rhian Kempson, Laura Saysell.
The DSL team all have up to date, higher level Child Protection Training and can be contacted if you have concerns about a child.
The staff above can be reached using the main school number 01454 862630
If you are unable to contact any of these staff and your concern is urgent you can contact the South Glos Access and Response Team (ART) on 01454 866000.
South Gloucestershire Safeguarding Board
The school follows the advice issued from the South Gloucestershire Safeguarding Board and their site has a range of useful information for parents and carers as well as numbers to contact if you have concerns about the safety and wellbeing of a child. Please use the numbers below if you have concerns about a child and would like to speak to someone from the Access and Response Team directly.
Staff at PLC are well placed to observe the outward signs of abuse and neglect. We recognise that within our student population there will be children who have suffered or are at risk of suffering abuse and neglect. This abuse may be physical, sexual, emotional or neglectful in nature and it is the role of all adults within the school community to protect children from such abuse.
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. In order to make sure we are well placed to take action to support children at risk, we place great emphasis upon the quality of relationships within the school and believe that children only develop their full potential in an atmosphere where they feel safe, valued, trusted and confident they will be listened to. We recognise that children who are abused or witness violence may find it difficult to develop a sense of self-worth. They may feel helplessness, humiliation and some sense of blame.
The school may be the only stable, secure and predictable element in the lives of children at risk. When at school their behaviour may be challenging and defiant or they may be withdrawn. We will endeavour to support children through:
- Positive relationships at the centre of all we do.
- The content of the curriculum which addresses difficult issues in a sensitive manner.
- The school ethos which promotes a positive, supportive and secure environment and gives students a sense of being valued.
- The school Behaviour Policy which is aimed at supporting vulnerable students in the school.
- The school will ensure that students know certain behaviour is unacceptable but they are valued and not to be blamed for any abuse which has occurred.
- Working very closely with other agencies that support students such as the Access and Response Team, Children’s Services, Family and Young People’s Support, the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, Education Welfare and the Educational Psychology service.
- Ensuring that, in the event of a student moving to another school, where there are safeguarding concerns, their information is transferred to the new school immediately and that the child’s social worker is informed.
Please view our full Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy.