At Oak Green School, the health, safety and well-being of every child are our paramount concerns. We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. Our aim is for children to enjoy their time as pupils at Oak Green. We want to work in partnership with you to help your child achieve their full potential and make a positive contribution.
To promote a safe environment for pupils, our selection and recruitment policy includes all checks on staff and regular volunteers’ suitability, including Disclosure and Barring Service checks, as recommended by Buckinghamshire Council in accordance with current legislation.
All entrances and exits to the school are secured during the school day. Access to the school during the school day is through the main office only. All visitors and helpers are issued with a visitors badge and are required to sign in and out of the premises. All staff (including governors) and regular helpers in the school have undergone DBS checks.
In accordance with our responsibilities under section 175/157 of the Education Act 2002, we have a Designated Person for Child Protection, Mrs Julia Garrett, who is the Headteacher, and has received appropriate training for this role. It is her responsibility to ensure that all staff in contact with children receives child protection awareness training on a regular basis. She also takes overall responsibility for ensuring our safeguarding procedures are in place and are robust. Mrs Donna Kelloway (Deputy Headteacher), Mrs Nicola Beesley (Deputy Headteacher), Mrs Gaye Massey (Pastoral Support Manager), Mrs Jo Thomas (SENDCo), Mrs Penny Anyon (Office Manager), Mrs Cassandra Todd-Allan (Family Support Worker), Mrs Shelagh Bagnall (School Business Manager) and Ms Kirstine Mumford (AHT EYRS) are the Deputy Designated Persons.
There are occasions that our 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 Section 47 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 any of the Designated Persons or your child’s class teacher. The Child Protection Policy can be found in the policies section of the website.