We recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all pupils and consider the safety and well-being of all our pupils at St Edward’s School as our highest priority. We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued.
ne of our guiding principles is that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. Staff receive training which is in line with and in addition to the requirements of the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board (OSCB). Staff are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice. Furthermore, the importance of listening to children is emphasised in all training.
Our ‘speak up culture’ for both staff and pupils is fundamental to our safeguarding culture. Staff are told to raise concerns at the earliest stage, however small they may appear, as any information could be a crucial part of a jigsaw – no concern is considered too small. Furthermore staff are aware they must have the attitude of ‘it could happen here’ with regard to safeguarding and that there must never be any complacency.
The School’s Designated Safeguarding Lead is James Cope (Deputy Head Pastoral) and his deputies are Rachel Bellamy (HM Avenue House) and Beth Steer (Head of Pupil Wellbeing). Three other senior teachers and all nurses are trained to Specialist Level. The school also maintains a strong working relationship with the OSCB and their Local Area Designated Officer (LADO) and other safeguarding co-ordinators, and with other local schools via the Oxfordshire Independent Schools Group.