Safeguarding children is the action we take to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined in Working Together to Safeguard Children: A Guide to Inter-Agency Working to Safeguard and Promote the Welfare of Children (July 2018) as:
- protecting children from maltreatment;
- preventing impairment of children's health and development;
- ensuring that children grow up circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
- taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
Rye College will ensure that we will safeguard and promote welfare of pupils and work together with other agencies to ensure that our educational establishments have adequate arrangements to identify, assess and support those children who are suffering or likely to suffer harm. We expect all colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment.
We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our ‘Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy’ which can be viewed in the ‘Policies’ section of our website. We are equally committed to promoting the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. In doing so, we provide students with the knowledge, skills and understanding to play a full and active part in society.
Designated Safeguarding Leads
Our Designated Safeguarding Leads for our schools are:
Rye Community Primary School
Miss Kelly Martin (Head of School)
Miss Katie Banister (Deputy Manager and SENCo)
Miss Fran Rattray (Deputy Manager) (currently on maternity leave)
Miss Jest Carpenter (Deputy Headteacher)
Our PREVENT leads are:
Miss Jest Carpenter
Miss Kelly Martin
Safeguarding Working Party
The college has a Safeguarding Working Group which has a remit to assist the trustees to fulfil their oversight responsibilty in relation to safeguarding and to provide a forum for the Designated Safeguarding Leads to bring forward issues for discussion.
Child Protection Policy Statement
The Secretary of State for Education directed all schools in England and Wales to close on 23rd March as part of the Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thereafter, the Department for Education provided guidance on the safeguarding of pupils during the period of school closure. Aquinas and the academy are complying with this guidance as reflected in the addendum to the Trust Safeguarding Policy (the Addendum), which is found on the ‘Policies’ page of the Aquinas website www.aquinastrust.org. For the period of school closure, the Academy’s Child Protection Policy will be altered as detailed in the Addendum.