Safeguarding – Guidance and Information
This section of our website provides parents and carers with useful information if you have a child who is a student at our school. If you require further information about any of the items shown in this section, please contact the school and we will do our best to help.
At the Isle of Wight Studio School we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. We expect all staff, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment.
Our principle safeguarding duties and responsibilities are achieved through:
- Raising awareness of safeguarding among staff
At the Isle of Wight Studio School we are guided in our safeguarding procedures by Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018, statutory safeguarding guidance from the Department for Education (DfE). All staff have read this guidance and are aware of the safeguarding policies and procedures the school has in place. Our full policy, including how to recognise and report signs of abuse and neglect is available on the policies page of our website.
The designated safeguarding leads are:
Mrs Susanna Jones Assistant Headteacher
Mrs Gill Steadman Personal Coach
Mr Richard White Headteacher
Our Governor with responsibility for Safeguarding is Mr Steven Archer. The Board of Governors undertake an annual audit of Safeguarding.
We are trained to support staff and liaise with other agencies. At least one Designated Safeguarding Lead is available to staff and students at all times during school hours. Staff raise any concerns about pupils’ welfare with the safeguarding leads, who will then make decisions about referrals. A referral will be made immediately where a child is in immediate danger or at risk of harm.
- Safeguarding training
All staff undergo safeguarding training that is regularly updated and training for the Designated Safeguarding Leads is updated at least every two years. Examples of school safeguarding training can be viewed on the IOWSCB website.
- Safer recruitment
Everyone working or volunteering at the Isle of Wight Studio School including governors, and third party staff undergo appropriate safer recruitment checks, including the correct level of Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Checks are recorded on the school’s single central record (SCR).
When we appoint new members of staff, at least one person on any appointment panel will have undertaken safer recruitment training.
- Specific safeguarding issues
All staff are aware of specific safeguarding issues such as radicalisation, child sexual exploitation, children missing education and mental health. Details of these can be found in the full Safeguarding policy.
We use appropriate internet filters and monitoring systems to keep students safe online.
- Work placements
At the Isle of Wight Studio School we risk assess all work placements by a contracted agency before students begin to attend. Parents sign to show that they are happy with the checks made and work placement staff are provided with literature detailing safeguarding risks and what to do in the event of concerns about a child.
The Isle of Wight Studio School monitors attendance on every work placement day with phone calls. If a student is missing from their work placement parents are informed unless the school has previously received parental contact regarding the absence.
Face to face visits to the work placement are made by a staff member every half term.
Operation Encompass provides a method of sharing information between the Police and local schools. This provides the designated Key Adult (Susanna Jones) within the school with information where a child has been present in a household where an incident of domestic abuse has been recorded. The information is aimed to be shared with the school prior to the commencement of the next school day so that the school can provide reactive support within the school environment for that pupil on that day. Operation Encompass does not replace or supersede existing safeguarding protocols that are in place, existing safeguarding procedures and guidelines continue. A referral will be made to First Contact from the Police when they attend any incident where a child is involved.
Operation Encompass is not about asking the school to do any more than provide immediate support to the child whilst in attendance at school following an incident in the home. It is designed to reinforce safeguarding and ensure children’s wellbeing is of paramount importance.
By sharing information through Operation Encompass it is hoped that children of school age who are witnessing domestic abuse at home will have access to responsive emotional health and wellbeing support within school after an incident. Schools will receive information during term time when:
- Police have attended a domestic abuse incident.
- The child is present in the household at the time of the incident, either in the same or a separate room.
- The child is of school age (between 4-16 years).
- The incident has been assessed to be a high or medium risk incident of domestic abuse.
Further information can be found via: http://www.operationencompass.org
We believe that this project demonstrates our school’s commitment to working in partnership to safeguard and protect children, and to providing the best possible care and support for our students.