SAFEGUARDING IS EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY
Mead Vale Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff, volunteers and members of the school community to share this commitment.
We are an equal opportunities employer. All offers of employment are subject to a disclosure and barring check, medical clearance and satisfactory references.
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. Schools and their staff form part of the wider safeguarding system for children. We work with social care, the police, health services and other services to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
The governors and staff team of the school take their responsibility to this commitment seriously and regularly review the school’s safeguarding policy and procedures to ensure that, as far as is reasonably possible, everything is being done to fulfil their duty of care. Details can be found government guidance provided for schools 'Keeping Children Safe in Education'.
Our school safeguarding policy can be found here.
The protection of children is a matter of paramount importance to both the school and North Somerset Council. We recognise that the best way to protect against the abuse of children is through the adoption of nationally recommended safeguarding children practices, specifically safer recruitment practices and practices designed to maintain a safe culture.
Should you have any concerns relating to the safety and welfare of a child at the school you should immediately contact the designated safeguarding lead, Mrs Lesley Ryan or in her absence Mr Richard McArthur the deputy designated safeguarding lead. We also have two further members of staff on our safeguarding team; Mrs Amanda Ratcliffe our Parent Support Advisor and Learning Mentor; and Mrs Rebecca Spedding-Blyth our Learning Mentor. Our governor responsible for safeguarding is Mrs Elouise Huxor.
Should you have any concerns in terms of safeguarding relating to the behaviour of a member of staff you should immediately contact the designated person as above. If the allegation concerns these individuals, you should contact: Mrs Beverley Hartland-Smith, Headteacher or Ms Jo Morrish , Chair of Governors.
Should you feel that your concerns have not been dealt with appropriately by the school or Chair of Governors you should contact the Designated Officer For Allegations (previously known as LADO), Tel 01275 888624 .
The North Somerset Safeguarding Children Board can be found here.
This website is where you will find all the information needed to advise on what to do if you are worried about a child who you believe is at risk, being ill-treated or neglected. Please speak to the Single Point of Access (SPA) on 01275 888808.
Normal office hours for this service are Monday to Thursday 8:45am until 5pm and Friday from 8:45pm until 4:30pm.
Outside these hours contact our Emergency Duty Team on 01454 615165. If the line is engaged please leave your name and number on the answering machine and they will call you back as soon as possible. Alternatively contact your local police station on 0845 670000 or if a child is in immediate danger dial 999.
The North Somerset Safeguarding Board have developed an extensive list of useful telephone numbers and websites, which you may find helpful, here.
For further information for on domestic abuse please see North Somerset’s helpful contact sheet.