Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone's responsibility. The Alderton endeavours to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued. Child protection forms part of the school's safeguarding responsibilities.
If parents/carers have any concern about the health and safety of their child at The Alderton, they should share this information with an appropriate member of staff.
The NSPCC describes safeguarding as the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm. It is a top priority at The Alderton Junior School.
Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm.
Safeguarding children and child protection guidance and legislation applies to all children up to the age of 18.
Our Designated Safeguarding Leader (DSL) is Miss K Johnson (Head Teacher) and Mrs K O'Riordan (Head of Learning Support)
Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leaders (DDSL) are Mrs S Finn (Deputy Head Teacher), Mr. Harrison, (Phase Leader) and Miss Connolly, (Phase Leader) and Mrs Carroll-Bastian (Behaviour and Pastoral Support Manager)
The named governor responsible for safeguarding is Ms Emma Heggie.
If you are ever concerned about the safety or wellbeing of any child, please speak directly to:
Since July 2015 all schools (as well as other organisations) have had a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism under Prevent, a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist or extremist causes. The Prevent strategy covers all types of terrorism and extremism, including extreme right wing groups, violent Al Qa’ida-influenced groups and other causes. This means we have a responsibility to protect children from extremist and violent views the same way we protect them from drugs, gang violence, abuse and sexual exploitation. Importantly, we can provide a safe place for pupils to discuss these issues so they better understand how to protect themselves.
Many of the things we already do in school to help children become positive, happy members of society also contribute to the Prevent strategy. These include: