Sedgefield Community College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment. The college has numerous policies and procedures in place to support its aim in this respect however parents attention is drawn to the following:
- The college has in place a detailed recruitment and selection process which aims to prevent the employment of unsuitable people to vacant posts.
- All employees of Sedgefield Community College are subject to an enhanced DBS and identity check prior to appointment.
- All interview panels at Sedgefield include at least one person who has completed safer recruitment training or LSCB Safe Workforce training.
- The college has a designated Safeguarding Lead and four Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officers to whom parents/visitors, staff and children should refer should they have a concern relating to child protection, they are:
- Mr Foster (Designated Safeguarding Lead)
- Mr Bowden (Deputy designated Safeguarding Lead)
- Mrs Bowman (Deputy designated Safeguarding Lead)
- Mrs Reed (Deputy designated Safeguarding Lead)
- Mr Baird (Deputy designated Safeguarding Lead)
- Mr Armstrong (Deputy designated Safeguarding Lead)
- Mrs Spencer (Deputy designated Safeguarding Lead)
- The college has a governor (Mrs N Robinson) who is nominated to monitor the effectiveness of the work of the college with regard safeguarding.
- Visitors to the college must follow the procedures outlined below.
Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP)
Are you worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you online? If so, please click here to visit the CEOP website
CEOP is a law enforcement agency and is here to keep children and young people safe from sexual exploitation and abuse.
Visitors to our school
As mentioned above, at Sedgefield, in the interests of safeguarding our students, we have clear and precise procedures that visitors to our school must follow. Below are links to two downloadable documents that outline our expectations in relation to visitors. It should be noted that there are specific instructions for visitors to the college who will actively interact with students during their visit.
Expectations of short term employees or volunteers at our school
Like all schools there are occasions when we need to employee the services of staff to cover the absence of a permanent member of the school staff. The most typical example being a supply teacher who, through an agency, may operate at our school for a short period such as a day or a longer period stretching over weeks or months.
It is often unrealistic to expect short term staff of this nature to fully absorb all policies of the school in a short time, however it is expected that, as a minimum expectation, they follow the school expectations outlined in the document below.
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