At Spinfield School, the health, safety and well-being of every child is our paramount concern. We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. Our aim is for children to enjoy their time as pupils at Spinfield. We want to work in partnership with you to help your child achieve his/her full potential and make a positive contribution.
To promote a safe environment for pupils, our selection and recruitment policy includes checks on the suitability of all staff and regular volunteers, 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, we have 3 designated persons for child protection; Miss J Spreadbury (Headteacher), Mrs R Holland (Deputy Headteacher) and Miss B Denton (Class Teacher and SENDCo) who have received appropriate training for this role. It is their responsibility to ensure that all staff who come into contact with children receive child protection awareness training on a regular basis.
There are occasions when concern about a child may mean that we have to consult other agencies. Whilst we would always aim to work in partnership with parents, 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 s47 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.
The procedures, which we follow, have been laid down by the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board, and the school has adopted a Child Protection Policy in line with this for the safety of all. If you want to know more about our procedures, please speak to the Headteacher, Miss Spreadbury, or your child’s class teacher. The Child Protection Policy can be found in the policies' section of the website and via the link above.
What to do if you are concerned:
If you are concerned about a child
Miss J Spreadbury
Mrs R Holland
Miss B Denton
This link below will take you to the policy page where you can find our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy.
Useful contact numbers:
Thames Valley Police: 101 or 999 in an emergency
Social Care out of hours: 0800 999 7677
First Response Team: 0845 4600 001
NSPCC: 0808 800 5000
Samaritans - Helpline:116 123
Childline: 0800 1111
Female Genital Mutilation Helpline (NSPCC): 0800 028 3550
Kidscape – Parent Advice Line (bullying) (Mon-Weds from 9:30am to 2:30pm): 020 7823 5430
Forced Marriages Unit - Foreign and Commonwealth Office: 020 7008 0151
Crimestoppers: 0800 555 111
R-U Safe? Barnardos - Children/Young People Sexual Exploitation Service: 01494 785 552