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On Wednesday 18 March 2020, the Secretary of State gave a statement in The House of Commons where he announced the ‘closure’ of all schools in England in response to the COVID -19 pandemic and would only remain open for the children of key workers and vulnerable children. This is a very different type of provision than schools usually provide; for these pupils, it will be about care, not education.
While COVID-19 measures are in place, the safeguarding and child protection policy will take account for some changes in normal safeguarding and child protection practice in line with Coronavirus: safeguarding in schools, colleges and other providers in light of the Department for Education’s guidance and should be read in conjunction with that policy.
This addendum applies during the period of school closure due to COVID-19, and also reflects updated advice from the Department of Education (DfE) and our 3 local safeguarding partners, known as Bexley SHIELD.
Jubilee School is part of Trinitas Academy Trust and we are working closely with our partner schools in collaboration with the Trust’s CEO, Trustees, Governors and Trinitas Central Services (TCS) to continue to safeguard all our children and staff during this time.
Jubilee School Safeguarding Statement
Jubilee School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the well-being of children and young people. We expect all adults (staff, including temporary staff, volunteers, governors) to share this commitment and therefore have a full and active part to play in protecting our pupils from harm and that the child or young person’s welfare is our paramount concern.
We believe that Jubilee School must provide a caring, positive, safe and stimulating environment that promotes the social, emotional, physical, moral and cultural development of the individual child or young person.
We have a number of policies and procedures in place that ensure our safeguarding commitment is fully achieved including Safeguarding and Child Protection, Online Safety, Safer Recruitment, Prevent, Data Protection to name a few. Please refer to the Key Info section on our school website.
We actively support the government’s Prevent agenda to counter radicalisation and extremism.
In accordance with the Department for Education’s publication Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE September 2019 update), all staff receive appropriate safeguarding and child protection training which is regularly updated. In addition all staff members receive safeguarding and child protection updates (for example, via email, e-bulletins and staff meetings), as required, but at least annually, to provide them with relevant skills and knowledge to safeguard children effectively.
Should a pupil disclose information of a sensitive nature to a member of staff, staff will listen and explain clearly and calmly to the pupil that information about their safety may mean that other people have to be informed in order to support and safeguard them. They cannot promise to keep such information a secret. 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 safety and welfare.
When a member of staff has any child protection or welfare concerns about a pupil, they have a duty to report these concerns to the Designated Safeguarding Lead. In dealing with such instances, we may be required to involve external agencies including Local Authority Social Care.
Jubilee School takes its Safeguarding and Child Protection responsibilities very seriously. We work closely with Local Authority and other appropriate external agencies to ensure the welfare of all our pupils.
At Jubilee, the Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs P Davies (Principal) who is ably supported by the designated safeguarding team:
Mrs E Wallace (Vice Principal - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead)
Mrs J Fallon (SENCo – Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead and Designated Teacher for P/LAC)
Ms J Monroe (Senior Learning Mentor - Senior Safeguarding Lead)
Miss J Brown (Assistant SENCo - Child Protection Officer)
Mrs A Page (Health and Safety Officer)
Miss C Mitchell (Governor with responsibility for safeguarding at Jubilee School)
If you have any concerns about a child’s welfare, please contact a member of the Safeguarding Team on 020 8310 2933.