Kingsdown Secondary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We are fully dedicated to ensuring that consistent effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at school. All concerns are passed through the members of staff who are trained as "Designated Child Protection Officer" in school in compliance with the "sharing of information" guidance.
The Designated Child Protection Officer is Stephanie Henry, Head of Welfare. She is supported by other members of staff as required. Kevin Henry is the designated governor for Safeguarding. If you have any serious concerns about your child or any other pupil at Kingsdown please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Henry who knows who to contact for the best advice and help and is experienced in using the appropriate degree of confidentiality.
The school takes it responsibility to safeguard pupils’ welfare extremely seriously. The school has a suite of safeguarding policies which include
Staff Confidentiality and Code of Conduct
Allegations against staff
E-Safety – including acceptable use
Safeguarding considerations are also at the heart of our Health and Safety, Anti Bullying, Attendance, Behaviour and Positive Handling policies.
The school conforms to DfE Guidance on the recruitment of staff and on referring staff to the Disclosure and Barring Service if appropriate
The school Designated Child Protection Officer is Stephanie Henry (Head of Welfare). Any parent/carer, staff member or visitor who has concerns about a pupil’s well-being should contact Mrs Henry in the first instance
If you have any concerns about a staff member please contact the headteacher or Kevin Henry the designated governor for Safeguarding. Any concerns about the headteacher or the principal should be referred to Gordon Smith, Chair of Governors who can be contacted at Riddlesdown Collegiate.
All policies are regularly reviewed and updated. The DCPO has update training at least every two years and all staff receive training every 3 years. Additionally new staff are briefed on the Kingsdown Policy and procedures as part of their induction.open
We are further mindful of protecting our students, all of whom are who particularly vulnerable, from the risk of all forms of radicalisation and extremism. We take our duty to monitor their wellbeing in this regard very seriously and will share any concerns with the appropriate agencies.