Safeguarding and Child Protection
Ridgeway Farm CE Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff 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 or by following the link below.
In school we use the CPOMS system for the recording of incidents.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child's welfare. 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 welfare.
We actively support the Government's Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism.
Our designated safeguarding lead (DSL) is Mrs Laura Gibbard and the deputy DSL is Mrs Katy Mann. We work in partnership with our partner school and DSL, Mrs Jeanne dos Santos.
Our Nominated Safeguarding governor is Matthew Young.
The Diocese of Bristol and Diocese of Bristol Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding, safer recruiting practice and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff, visitors and volunteers to share this commitment. You will be expected to report any concerns relating to the safeguarding of children, young people or vulnerable adults in accordance with agreed procedures. If your own conduct in relation to the safeguarding of children, young people or vulnerable adults gives cause for concern, the DBAT Allegations Management Procedure will be followed, alongside implementation of the Diciplinary Procedure as required.
Staff Codes of Conduct can be found here:
Ridgeway Farm CE Academy Staff Code of Conduct
Any action is taken in line with the following legislation/guidance:
* Section 175 Children Act 2002
* Wiltshire Safeguarding Vulnerable People Partnership
* What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused (DfE March 2015) – non-statutory advice for practitioners
* Information-sharing: advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services (DfE July 2018)
* The Prevent duty - Departmental advice for schools and childcare providers (July 2015)
Keeping safe online is a vital part of safeguarding the pupils at Ridgeway Farm CE Academy. We are currently establishing our online safety page that will tell parents how they help support the work we do in school in this area and to help teach their children basic online safety at home.
The online safety policy can be found here:
DRAFT Online Safety Policy March 2021
Extremism and Radicalisation
It is vital that staff and parents are aware of the possible danger of extremism and radicalisation of children, predominantly but not solely through online activities. We are committed to supporting parents and pupils to be aware of these dangers. Whole school staff training is carried out annually.
Prevent is about safeguarding people and communities from the threat of terrorism. Prevent is 1 of the 4 elements of CONTEST, the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy. It aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.
The Prevent strategy:
- Responds to the ideological challenge we face from terrorism and aspects of extremism, and the threat we face from those who promote these views;
- Provides practical help to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support; and
- Works with a wide range of sectors (including education, criminal justice, faith, charities, online and health) where there are risks of radicalisation that we need to deal with.