The staff and governors at St. Botolph’s are committed to protecting and safeguarding all our pupils to ensure, as far as possible that they are free from harm. Before confirmation of appointment, all staff (teaching and support), volunteers and governors who apply to work at St. Botolph’s will be subject to a rigorous recruitment process to ensure, as far as possible, their suitability to work with children. References will be taken up and they will be required to give evidence of their qualifications and details of previous experience and work history. Checks will be made by the Criminal Record Bureau. No one will be employed if it is considered that they are unsuitable to work with children.
St. Botolph’s will strive to create a safe environment for the children on roll. The curriculum will therefore be instrumental in preparing children for their future responsibilities as adults. Through the curriculum, children will be helped to understand what is and is not acceptable behaviour towards them. They will be taught about staying safe from harm and the importance of speaking to a member of staff if they have worries or concerns.
The safeguarding and welfare of all children means that there may be times when we consult with colleagues in other agencies if we are concerned about the safety or welfare of a child. This may mean that on occasion we refer our concerns to social services. Our Child Protection Policy is available on our school website or a copy available from the school office.