Safeguarding

A copy of the School’s Child Protection and safeguarding policy is available here: Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy 2018 2019

The staff at AGFS are committed to safeguarding the welfare of our pupils and to providing a safe environment with robust systems to ensure the safety and healthy development of all our pupils, within the School and on related school trips and other activities.

Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children. School staff are particularly important as they are in a position to identify concerns early and provide help for children, to prevent concerns from escalating. The Schools form part of the wider safeguarding system for children.

The school has two designated safeguarding leads – Mr MacPherson and Ms Brooks - who will provide support to staff members to carry out their safeguarding duties and who will liaise closely with other services such as children’s social care.

Everyone working  at AGFS shares the objective of helping to keep children and young people safe by contributing to:

  • ensuring that AGFS provides a safe environment in which children and young people can learn and develop, and
  • identifying children and young people who are suffering, or at risk of suffering abuse and taking appropriate action with the aim of making sure they are kept safe both at home and in school.
  • We recognise that some children may be especially vulnerable to abuse.  We are committed to doing our best to identify such children and to working with the appropriate authorities to support and safeguard them. 
  • We are committed to providing all our pupils with a safe learning environment, free of bullying and other forms of harassment, and to teaching pupils to act safely in and outside school and on the Internet.
  • We will always take a considered and sensitive approach in order to support all our pupils.

It is not the responsibility of School staff to investigate welfare concerns or determine the truth of any disclosure or allegation. All staff have a duty, however, to recognise concerns and maintain an open mind. Accordingly all concerns regarding the welfare of pupils will be recorded and discussed with the designated senior person with responsibility for child protection, prior to discussion with parents. The name of the designated adults in the school are Mr Macpherson and Mrs Brooks. If a pupil, parent or member of staff should disclose concerns about the welfare of a pupil at AGFS, we will first consider the following:

  • any urgent medical needs of the child,
  • discussing the matter with other agencies involved with the family,
  • consulting with appropriate persons e.g. Safeguarding Officer, Greenwich Children’s Services,
  • the child‘s wishes.
  • Then decide, in accordance with the procedures or advice of the local safeguarding children’s board:
  • where possible to talk to parents, unless to do so may place a child at risk of significant harm, impede any police investigation and/or place the member of staff or others at risk;
  • whether to make a child protection referral to children’s social care because a child is suffering or is likely to suffer significant harm and if this needs to be undertaken immediately;

OR:

  • not to make a referral at this stage;
  • if further monitoring is necessary; or
  • if it would be appropriate to undertake an assessment and/or make a referral to other services.
  • All information and actions taken, including the reasons for any decisions made, will be fully documented. Any referrals to children’s social care will be accompanied by a standard referral form.
  • Recording and monitoring
  • Accurate records will be made as soon as practicable and will clearly distinguish between observation, fact, opinion and hypothesis. All records will be signed and dated.
  • All Child Protection documents will be retained in a ‘Child Protection’ file, separate from the child’s main file. This will be locked away and only accessible to the Headteacher and Senior Designated Person.

Supporting the child and partnership with parents

AGFS recognises that the child’s welfare is paramount and that good child protection practice and outcome rely on a positive, open and honest working partnership with parents.