Safeguarding and Wellbeing
Chenderit School is committed to achieving the highest possible standards in promoting the welfare, safety and wellbeing of children in our care, through a child-centred approach.
Chenderit School has a robust structure for managing safeguarding and wellbeing; it has a strong voice in our school and we have a Designated Safeguarding Lead, Mr Billy Belstone, and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads, Mrs Jan Hooper, Mrs Allison Smith and Mr Robbie Macrory, who are responsible for promoting good practice. However, we firmly believe that safeguarding is everyone's responsibility across the entire school community, involving students, parents and carers, the school and wider support agencies.
If you have a safeguarding concern during school hours and need to contact a member of our Safeguarding Team, please use the following contacts:
Telephone: 01295 711 567 and ask to speak to a member of the Safeguarding Team
Outside of school hours, please contact the police, fire or ambulance services, if appropriate, on 101 for non-emergencies, and 999 for emergencies.
Should you have any concerns regarding safeguarding, please contact a member of the safeguarding team below in the first instance by calling reception, submitting a query using the form on our 'Contact Us' page here, or emailing email@example.com:
Mr B Belstone | Deputy Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs J Hooper | Safeguarding, Student Welfare and Parent Support Manager and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs A Smith | Deputy Safeguarding, Student Welfare and Parent Support Manager and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mr R Macrory | Head of Sixth Form and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
We have a multi-disciplinary approach to achieving positive outcomes for our students and we are in regular contact with all key agencies involved in promoting the welfare and safety of children.
Recruitment procedures comply with the requirements set out in the DfE Guidance 'Keeping Children Safe in Education' (Sept 2023).
- protecting children from maltreatment;
- preventing the impairment of children’s mental and physical health or development;
- ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
- taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes
Clear policies and procedures are supported by a commitment to deliver high quality safeguarding training to all staff working in our school on an ongoing basis. Robust monitoring processes ensure that policy is appropriately applied, and that practice is regularly evaluated.
We strive to maintain a transparent and open culture where everyone feels safe and able to share concerns relating to Safeguarding and are always listened to and taken seriously. We work to enable students to develop their understanding of keeping safe through comprehensive pastoral and PD programmes.
Please find some useful links below, further resources can be found in our well-being section.
Ask NormanChildlineFGM Poster for SchoolsFlow chart for raising safeguarding concerns about a child » What is Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub - guide for parents » Step down guide for parents & carersWho best to refer to?Advice for young people about mental or emotional health issuesWhat parents and carers need to know about children accessing drugs onlineAll I ask. How to help a worried mind.
Student wellbeing is a priority at Chenderit and addressed every day through the tutor programme, PSHE curriculum, assemblies and extra-curricular activities. From time to time, students need a little extra emotional support and staff are available in school to provide this. Posters are displayed in student areas with photographs of key staff who will listen, such as heads of learning and the inclusion team. In addition students can attend a drop in service once a fortnight provided by the school nursing service. Jan Hooper, Allison Smith and Robi Brenchley in the Inclusion Centre are always happy to speak with parents about support and can signpost to external agencies if appropriate.
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