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At The Cherwell School, the health, safety and well-being of every student is very important. We listen to our students and take seriously what they tell us. Our aim is that children will enjoy their time at school and achieve well. We aim to work in partnership with parents and carers to help students to be successful, feel safe and make a positive contribution.

To promote a safe environment for students, our selection and recruitment policy includes all checks on staff and volunteers suitability, including Disclosure and Barring Service checks, as recommended by Oxfordshire County Council in accordance with current legislation.

In accordance with our responsibilities under section 175 of the Education Act 2002, we have a Designated Safeguarding Lead (Miss B Timms) who has received appropriate training for this role as well has 4 other members of staff who have received advanced training (Mr Price, Mrs Young, Mrs Larminie, Ms Rapson, Mr Jarvis). It is their responsibility to ensure that all members of staff in contact with students receive child protection awareness training on a regular basis. Mrs Nicola Small is the Governor in charge of Safeguarding.

On rare occasions our concern about a student may mean that we have to consult other agencies. Unless it is not safe for a student, we would always aim to achieve this with a parent's/carer’s consent. The procedures, which we follow, have been laid down by the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children’s Board and the school has adopted a Child Protection Policy in line with this for the safety of all. If you want to know more about our procedures, please speak to the Headteacher. The Policy can be found on the school website and is available, on request, from the school office.

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