Safeguarding at Cowley

Caring for our students. Building strong and long lasting relationships with parents/carers is a major strength of the College and we attribute the quality of the care we provide to taking the time to get to know each students’ family.

The welfare and social development of all students is an important part of their whole education and the College believes it is vital to provide a secure, stable, consistent and caring environment in which the needs of each student can be met.

Our Designated Senior Leads (DSL) for Child Protection are:
Nicola Branch (Student Support Manager)
Mike Bennett (Assistant Head Teacher)

If the DSL above is not available:
Mr Dickinson (Head of Upper School)
Mr Leadbeater (Head of Lower School)
Mrs Faulkner (Post 16)

If you wish to contact Mrs Branch or Mr Bennett please telephone 01744 678 030 or email nicola.branch*AT*cowleysthelens.org.uk and mike.bennett*AT*cowleysthelens.org.uk

Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy – updated 2021

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Safeguarding legislation and government guidance says that safeguarding means:

  • Protecting children from maltreatment
  • Preventing impairment of children’s health or development
  • Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
  • Taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcome

Safeguarding includes child protection, health care plans, health and safety, site security, safety on school trips, anti-bullying work and so much more.

The school’s Child Protection Team consists of:

  • Mrs Branch (Designated Safeguarding Lead)
  • Mr Bennett (Designated Safeguarding Lead)
  • Mr Dickinson (Deputy Safeguarding Lead)
  • Mrs Faulkner  (Deputy Safeguarding Lead)
  • Mr Leadbeater  (Deputy Safeguarding Lead)

The school adheres to the following three DFE safeguarding documents:

The school has a suite of Safeguarding documents which are reviewed regularly. The most important documents are:

  • Child Protection Policy
  • Visitors’ Safeguarding Procedures
  • Health and Safety and Security Policy
  • Fire and Evacuation Policy
  • ICT: Student Acceptable Use Policy
  • ICT: E-Safety Policy
  • Attendance and Punctuality Policy
  • Behaviour Policy
  • Equality Policy
  • First Aid Policy
  • Extremism and Anti-Racism Policy

All staff receive annual Child Protection and Safeguarding update training and are aware of the procedures for passing on concerns within school. If any members of the school or local community have concerns about the welfare of a child in the school, please pass them on to the School Child Protection Team.

-Updated September 2019

COWLEY’S SUPPORT AND SAFEGUARDING INFORMATION :

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