Child Protection and Safeguarding

At Maiden Erlegh School in Reading we take safeguarding and child protection issues very seriously.

We believe that all those who come into contact with children and families in their everyday work, including practitioners who do not have a specific role in relation to child protection, have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

Prior to employment all staff (paid or voluntary) are DBS checked for their suitability to work with children and young people. DBS has replaced CRB. For more information on the Disclosure Barring Service, click here.

At employment and then annually, staff are also required to complete an online safeguarding course SMARTLOG e-Learning Safeguarding Children Refresher.

Once the member of staff joins our school, they are given school Safeguarding Training by one of our Child Protection Team. This training includes an overview of our responsibilities, signs and symptoms as well as advice and guidance about what to do in the event of a concern.

Other visitors to the school are expected to sign in at reception and to read our Safeguarding Leaflet, which is given to them on arrival. They are then supervised whilst on site.

Our Child Protection Team is:

Andy Johnson

Headteacher / Designated Child Protection Officer

Karen James

Pastoral Lead/Deputy Designated Child Protection Officer

Our Safeguarding Policy can be found here.

For information on how we tackle the following issues, along with information and advice please click on the relevant link below.

Bullying

Internet Safety

Child Abuse

CSE

Radicalisation/Extremism

FGM

Forced Marriage

Self Harm