Safeguarding at Churchdown School
Churchdown School is committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all our children in school and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
We believe that students have a right to learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment, which includes the right to protection from all types of abuse, where staff are vigilant for signs of any student in distress and are confident about applying the processes to avert and alleviate any such problems. We have a Safeguarding Policy and procedures in place.
All staff (including supply staff, volunteers and Governors) must ensure that they are aware of these procedures.
Safeguarding is about ensuring that everyone is safe from harm - safe from bullying, safe from people who could abuse, safe from discrimination or harassment - and that we all feel safe in our environment.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a student's welfare. Where possible, we will ensure that concerns about our students are discussed with their parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the student's welfare.
If your child is ever concerned about safety or well-being or about a friend, they should talk to one of the school's Designated Safeguarding Officers (DSL).
Our designated staff for Safeguarding are Ms Hilton and Mr O'Connell.
You can contact these staff members on the main school number: 01452 713340. Please state that you are ringing about a safeguarding matter.
Helping young people in Gloucestershire to cope with life's ups and downs:
Children and may face many challenges as they go through adolescence, this can range from issues around friendships and cyber safety to struggles with their mental health or sexuality. Parents and carers may find the information available through the links below a useful resource to help understand and support your child as they face these struggles.