Safeguarding at Beechen Cliff
Beechen Cliff school is committed to keeping children safe, fulfilling its child protection duties, adopting safer working practices and ensuring all members of the school community can thrive. The school operates under the MNSP Trust’s Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy which can be found in the downloads section below, along with other relevant DfE guidance.
Safeguarding is defined by the government as follows:
● Protecting children from maltreatment;
● Preventing 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.
As Beechen Cliff is also a boarding school, it is inspected by both Education and Social Care Ofsted Inspectors. This means our standards of safeguarding are particularly high, which benefits all in the school community. In the most recent Ofsted inspection, inspectors reported that the school has “…a safeguarding culture that underpins day-to-day practice.” See Related Pages: Ofsted Inspection Reports for more information
All staff are trained in safeguarding in accordance with Government and Local Authority requirements. New staff cannot start working with children until they have undergone extensive checks, induction and training, and existing staff have weekly updates on safeguarding matters.
Our Safeguarding Team
Every school must have a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL). At Beechen Cliff this is James Oldham. There are three Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads: Oliver Abbott, Clive Hall and Kant Mann. One of these members of senior staff is always on call in the event of a safeguarding or child protection concern arising.
The DSL and Deputies, supported by a safeguarding administrator, comprise the core safeguarding team of the school. There are weekly safeguarding team meetings, weekly reports to the Senior Management Team and termly reports to the Trust Board on safeguarding matters. These reporting mechanisms ensure that pupils at risk are constantly under review, that the strategic safeguarding plan is delivered and that safeguarding work across the school is quality assured; the latter includes boarding, site safety, educational visits, staff awareness and contextual safeguarding as just some examples.
Our Safeguarding Strategy
Our strategic safeguarding activity plan and related strategic activity plans address a range of important issues for safeguarding young people. These include, but are not exclusive to:
● Mental health and well-being (see Related Pages below)
● Online safety
● Sex and relationship education
● Educational visits
● Staff supervision
● Alternative provision
● Prevent Duty
The core safeguarding team is complemented by a team of experienced Heads of House and the Sixth Form Pastoral Manager who are trained to the same level at the DSL and Deputies, the PSHE team, the Health & Safety and Human Resources Lead and other staff who have specific duties related to safeguarding. Above all, safeguarding is the responsibility of all staff, underpinned by three core statements:
● It could happen here.
● Always act in the best interests of the child.
● If there is any doubt, there is not doubt – always report a concern.
Visitors to the school are required to sign in and we have lanyard system for ensuring all members of the community are aware of access rights to the school:
● Blue lanyards are for staff members
● Green lanyards are for approved visitors, who can move about the school site unaccompanied
● Red lanyards are for visitors who require escorting at all times.
All visitors to the school are provided a leaflet about safeguarding on arrival. This can be found in the downloads section below.