Child Protection & Safeguarding
Safeguarding is the central part of Godstowe’s ‘duty of care’ to protect and promote the welfare of children.
Safeguarding means wanting the best outcomes for pupils and being proactive (as adult staff) in achieving them.
Our aspiration, which is shared by all staff and volunteers, is to be an outstanding school, where safeguarding is the thread running through all aspects of school life.
To this end we aim:
- To maintain a whole school culture of openness + transparency;
- To encourage vigilance and a sense of shared responsibility for the duty of care to protect children and young people;
- To never think pupil pastoral care and safeguarding is someone else’s job: Pupils feel safe and supported because the whole school shares this commitment.
We seek to develop and improve our safeguarding policies and procedures continuously. We encourage an ‘open culture’ where ANY concern can be raised, however small it may seem, and where all members of the community can have an input into what is effective safeguarding practice.
The Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy is reviewed annually, in line with key statutory guidance, primarily Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE).
Godstowe works with the Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children’s Board, and other external statutory agencies. We contribute to an annual schools’ safeguarding audit carried out by Buckinghamshire Council.
If you have any concerns about issues related to safeguarding or child protection, please contact:
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Deputy Head, School Development
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Deputy Head, Pupil Development
Designated Safeguarding Council Member
Further information is included in our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy below.