Safeguarding

Gumley House School

Safeguarding

Every child matterS

 The health, safety and wellbeing of every child is our paramount concern and that is why we listen intently to our students and their concerns. We want to work in partnership with parents and carers to help our students achieve their full potential and make a positive contribution.  You can see how to contact our safeguarding team here.

The member of staff with responsibility for Safeguarding and Child Protection is:  Mrs F Russell
Mrs Russell's office is next to Student Welfare on the ground floor of D Block (behind Student Services). 

The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is Ms R. Jaipersad

Ms Jaipersad's office is on the ground floor of A Block at the bottom of the stair case

The Safeguarding and Child Protection Governor is Nancy Roberts

To promote a safe environment for students, our Selection and Recruitment Policy includes all checks on staff and regular volunteers’ suitability, including Disclosure and Barring Service checks in accordance with current legislation. 

In accordance with our responsibilities under section 175/157 of the Education Act 2002 and “Keeping Children Safe in Education“ Sept 2020, we have a Designated Safeguarding Lead for Child Protection (Mrs Russell) who is a member of the Senior Leadership Team and Deputy Headteacher, and has received appropriate training for this role.  It is her responsibility, together with Ms Jaipersad, to ensure that all staff in contact with children receive Child Protection awareness training on a regular basis. 

Occasions do arise when our concern about a child means we must consult other agencies.  Whilst we would always aim to work in partnership with parents there may be exceptions to this when concerns are raised for the protection of a child. 

On very rare occasions Social Care, whilst undertaking an investigation under s47 of the Children Act 1989, may want to speak to a child without a parent’s knowledge. This would be a decision made in collaboration with partner agencies and would only be done in situations where a child might be at immediate risk. To gain consent at this point may increase the level of risk to the child or cause evidence of a crime to be lost.

The procedures that we follow have been laid down by the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board, and the school has adopted a Child Protection Policy in line with this for the safety of all.

These Policies, along with links to our other key safeguarding policies, can be accessed on our dedicated Policies page.  You may also find the resources below helpful supporting the health, safety and wellbeing of your child.

  • Changing your privacy settings online Barnardo’s RUSAFE in Buckinghamshire have shared with us the most up to date advice on staying safe online, particularly with regard to ensuring online privacy settings are secure 

  • The parents' Guide to Teaching  your Teen Online Safety
  • Thinkuknow  OR youtube search: CEOP internet safety videos (We particularly recommend this one).
  • Internetmatters
  • UK Safer Internet Centre
  • Get Safe Online
  • StaySafe.org's Guide to Internet Safety for Teens   
  • Virgin Media
  • NSPCC
  • On Line Safety Tips for Kids and Parents
  • Bucks Family Information Service offers free, impartial information to families with children aged 0 to 19 years (or up to 25 years with a special educational need or disability), young people and professionals. 
  • Parent Info is a free website and newsfeed for parents and carers. Its newsfeed function enables schools and family-focused organisations to host and share expert advice and information through their own websites.

    Parent Info aims to raise parents’ confidence in digital parenting skills and help them to make informed decisions about addressing the risks their children face. To date, Parent Info has commissioned content from over 40 organisations specialising in topics such as sex, relationships, online safety, body image, peer pressure, radicalisation, extremism and mental health.

    Parent Info is a collaboration between the National Crime Agency’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Command and Parent Zone, the leading provider of information, training and support, making the internet work for families.

    Sign up is easy, visit www.parentinfo.org and click on ‘Register’.

  • ADT Healthcare offers a free helpline dedicated to helping women and families suffering from drug, alcohol and mental health issues. ADT Healthcare was established in 2011 by people who overcame drug and alcohol addiction themselves