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.
See our Policies Page for the policies relating to Safeguarding.
Linden Bridge is committed to the fair treatment of all regardless of age, colour, disability, ethnicity, gender, nationality, race, religious or spiritual beliefs, and responsibility for dependents, sexual orientation, or any other personal characteristic.
Linden Bridge are part of Operation Encompass, a joint scheme between Surrey Police and Surrey County Council. The project aims to safeguard and support children and young people who are affected by domestic abuse or who are reported missing.
Please see our 'Child Protection & Designated Safeguarding Team Leaflet' for names of our Designated Safeguarding Team under 'Key Information/Policies'.
Statement of Procedures for dealing with allegations of abuse against staff
The following procedure should be used in all cases in which it is alleged a member of staff or volunteer at Linden Bridge School, or another adult who works with children has:
- behaved in a way that has harmed a child, or may have harmed a child;
- possibly committed a criminal offence against or related to a child; or
- behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates he or she would pose a risk of harm to children
In dealing with allegations or concerns against an adult, staff must:
- Report any concerns about the conduct of any member of staff or volunteer to the Headteacher immediately.
- If an allegation is made against the Headteacher, the concerns need to be raised with the Chair of Governor as soon as possible. If the Chair of Governors is not available, then the LADO should be contacted directly.
- There may be situations when the Headteacher or Chair of Governors will want to involve the police immediately if the person is deemed to be an immediate risk to children or there is evidence of a possible criminal offence.
- Once an allegation has been received by the Headteacher or Chair of Governors they will contact the LADO on 0300123 1650 option 3 LADO
All Staff undertake regular compulsory safeguarding training, including:
- Child Protection Refresher - annually
- Child Sexual Exploitation
- The Prevent Duty
- Child Neglect
- Female Genital Mutilation Awareness
- Online Safety
- Health and Safety in Education Staff Awareness
- Fire Safety in Education
- Positive Touch
Key Staff also undertake training in:
- Safer Recruitment
- Paediatric first aid
- Administration of medication
- Managing specific medical needs
- Poolside Helper - emergency response
- Food Hygiene
- Positive Options - MAPA
- DSL updates
- Education visits coordination
NEW SURREY SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN ARRANGEMENTS
The new Surrey Safeguarding Children Arrangements have been published after a consultation with a broad range of stakeholders and the agreed vision is:
“The new safeguarding arrangements will make a difference to the lives of children and young people in Surrey by ensuring that agencies work better together, learn from local and national practice and continuously improve services to enable children and young people to be safe and feel safe in their families and communities.”
From September 2019, the current Surrey Safeguarding Children Board will be replaced by the new Surrey Safeguarding Children Partnership.
The Partnership which will be led, jointly and equally, by these three statutory Safeguarding Partners:
- Surrey County Council
- Surrey Police
- Guildford and Waverley CCG (acting on behalf of all CCGs and NHS Providers in Surrey)