Monkston School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and safety of all students and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We strive to ensure that consistent and effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, students and staff at school.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Hannah Williams, Headteacher. The deputy head [Jo Michel] and senior assistant head teacher [Aimee Mills] are both deputy designated leads.
Monkston School has policies and procedures in place to deal effectively with child protection and safeguarding issues, which include tackling radicalisation and extremism, together with recording and monitoring processes.
To promote a safe environment for students, Monkston School employs a strict selection and recruitment policy which includes all statutory checks on staff and regular volunteers including Enhanced DBS (disclosure and barring service) checks.
All staff are trained to a level appropriate to their safeguarding responsibilities ranging from basic awareness for all, to Level 2 for key staff. Other safeguarding training is attended by relevant staff and governors. The training is monitored and comprehensive records kept by the DSL.
All concerns are passed through members of staff who are trained as ‘Designated Child Protection Officers’ in school. Staff are required to report any causes of concern to the school safeguarding team immediately. Referrals are logged and monitored using ‘My Concern’ to make sure that they are followed up appropriately.
Pupils attendance is monitored closely by the deputy head teacher and concerns shared as appropriate with parents/carers. Monkston School works effectively with other agencies and parents/carers when necessary to safeguard young people.
If you have any serious concerns about your child, another student or a member of staff at Monkston School please do not hesitate to contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) who will be able to provide you with the best advice and help using the appropriate degree of confidentiality.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Hannah Williams (Head teacher) 01908 671034
The Deputy Safeguarding Leads are Mrs Jo Michel [deputy head] and Mrs Aimee Mills [senior assistant headteacher]