At Richard de Clare Community Academy the health, safety and well-being of every child is our top priority. We are all committed to safeguarding our school community by ensuring that we provide an environment for pupils that is safe and secure and one where pupils have confidence in our staff to care for them and keep them safe from harm and risk.
All school staff are trained in Child Protection. Staff are trained to look out for signs of physical/emotional harm or neglect and are required to report these to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).
On rare occasions our concern about a child may mean that we have to consult external agencies. We will ensure that all concerns are initially discussed with parent/carers, before any referrals are made, unless we believe that such a move may be contrary to a child’s welfare.
Our Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs)
The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Miss L Bellett (Head of School).
Mrs K Chapman (Pastoral Officer), Mrs K Harrison (UKS2 Phase Leader), Mrs S Couttie (EYFS/KS1 Phase Leader) and Mrs K Rugg (HLTA) also form part of our pastoral and safeguarding team.
The Designated Person for Looked After Children (LAC) is Mrs S Couttie.