Safeguarding at Ridgeway
Ridgeway Safeguarding Statement
At Ridgeway School, the health, safety and well-being of every child are our priorities. We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. In addition to this we recognise that many of our pupils are unable to communicate with us using formal methods of communication, we therefore monitor very carefully what our children tell us through non-verbal communication methods. Our aim is that every pupil enjoys their time at Ridgeway School and is able to thrive in a safe, caring, stimulating environment.
At Ridgeway School our Safeguarding responsibilities are taken very seriously. This means that we ensure that everyone working in the school has successfully completed the necessary clearances and undertaken safeguarding training as part of their induction to enable them to work with pupils. The headteacher is specifically trained in safeguarding procedures and child protection issues. He is a member of the Local Safeguarding Children Board. In order to provide the very best, relevant training for all staff our leadership team are trained in delivering safeguarding training with a focus on safeguarding children with disabilities. We have a wide range of polices which ensure that we are in line with current safeguarding practices. Clear procedures are in place for all staff to report any concerns relating to safeguarding.
On occasion our concern about a child may mean we have to consult other agencies, such as the Police or Social Care. The procedures we follow have been laid down by Bedford Borough Council and the Local Safeguarding Children Board.
One of our governors has responsibility for safeguarding on the governing body. All policies regarding safeguarding are contributed to, read and adopted by the governing body.
By working closely with everyone concerned, we continue to offer a safe learning and care environment for all our pupils.
Our school is part of Operation Encompass.
This is a police and education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people who experience Domestic Abuse. Operation Encompass means that the police will share information about Domestic Abuse incidents with our school PRIOR to the start of the next school day when they have been called to a domestic incident.
Our parents are fully aware that we are an Operation Encompass school. The Operation Encompass information is stored in line with all other confidential safeguarding and child protection information.