SAFEGUARDING AT SUTTON TUITION AND REINTEGRATION SERVICE (STARS)

STARS is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our pupils and staff. This means 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.

Safeguarding includes child protection, health care plans, health and safety, site security, safety on school trips, anti-bullying work and so much more.

Our staff work with parents and carers to ensure that our pupils are safe, and to promote their personal safety and wellbeing. All adults working in the school have a duty to protect children from harm and abuse, and receive training in safeguarding. STARS observes the duties imposed on schools under the Education Act 2002 and Children Act 1989, and complies with the provisions of the government guidance "Keeping Children Safe in Education 2015". Any child welfare issues identified are addressed by our safeguarding team, and acted upon in partnership with families and other agencies where appropriate.

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child's welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare.

All staff receive annual Child Protection and Safeguarding update training and are aware of the procedures for passing on concerns within school.

Recruitment

Our recruitment process complies with Government guidance contained within 'Working Together to Safeguard Children' (HM Government, March 2015) and 'Keeping Children Safe in Education' (DfE, September 2016). All staff, volunteers and Management Committee members undergo checks by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Training

All staff undertake relevant safeguarding training when they start at the school and receive updates at regular intervals.

Working with parents and carers

We aim to work together with parents and carers to support the safety of our pupils. If you would like to discuss an issue please follow the communication channels set out on our website here.

What to do if you are concerned that a child may be at risk

If you have a concern that a child is being harmed, is at risk of harm, or you receive a disclosure (intentionally or unintentionally) you must contact one of the designated safeguarding leads as quickly as possible.

Our Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) are:

Catherine Baird: Headteacher Tel: 020 8404 3124 Full Time  
Beverley Williamson: Deputy Headteacher Tel: 020 8404 3124 Full Time  
Barbara Binns: Assistant Headteacher Tel: 020 8404 3124 Mon, Tues & Weds  
Nadia Ward: Senior Social Worker Tel: 020 8404 3124 Mon, Tues, Weds, Thurs  
Gordon Ironside: Management Committee Safeguarding Member Tel: 020 8642 3821 Full Time  

 

The following organisations may also be helpful for parents and carers:

www.thinkyouknow.co.uk

www.kidsmart.org.uk

www.childnet.com

www.nspcc.org.uk

www.commonsensemedia.org

Online Safety Advice

If you feel like someone has acted inappropriately towards you online via any form of social media you should report it. Each of the main social media applications have 'report abuse' buttons which you can use but you can also contact the Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre (CEOP) using the link below:

http://ceop.police.uk