Safeguarding Statement

The Orchard School is very conscious that we have a responsibility to safeguard all our learners who attend the school. School staff are trained to a high standard and reflect the Schools philosophy of “Safeguarding first”. As the Schools designated safeguarding lead I will make sure that the learners who attend have a positive experience and parents are safe in the knowledge that their child is looked after.

The Orchard work closely with North East Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children’s Board, following all statutory advice. Our school adheres to “Keeping Children Safe in Education” and Guidance for Safer Working Practice for Adults who work with Children and young People in Education Settings.

Every member of staff holds a current Safeguarding Child Protection Training Certificate. They are trained in recognising signs of abuse and know exactly what to do if they have concerns about any child in school – this training is renewed every 3 years, however further extra training takes place at our school, such as PREVENT, British Values, Child Sexual Exploitation and Online Safety. We have 2 Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL’s) at our school, they ensure that information regarding Safeguarding is shared with staff, new staff are trained and Safeguarding remains of the highest priority. Our DSL’s are Pete MacLeod and Rob Grabiniok. We recognise the responsibilities of working as a DSL and we make sure parents have our mobile phone numbers to make direct contact should they wish to report a concern. This service operates outside of school hours and outside of term time.

The Orchard aims to work in close partnership with parents to support our learners in every way possible. However, there is a clear responsibility on all schools to work with all agencies to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children. As a result, if concerns are raised within the School, or a child or parent reports a situation involving possible abuse, we are required to refer such matters to the appropriate Children’s Services (C.A.S.S.), in line with Government and N.E. Lincolnshire policy.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff to share this commitment. All adults working in school are required to complete a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) Enhanced Check.

The Local Authority requires the School’s Designated Safeguarding Lead to report any obvious or suspected case of child abuse or safeguarding worry, which includes non-accidental injury, physical neglect, emotional abuse or sexual abuse. This procedure is intended to protect children at risk. This does mean that there is a risk of upsetting some parents by reporting a case, which on investigation proves unfounded. In such circumstances, we hope that parents will appreciate how difficult it is to carry out this delicate responsibility, we will always act in the best interests of our learners.

We have a copy of the School’s Safeguarding Policy available in School reception and it is also available on this website: Safeguarding Policy.

Pete MacLeod
Designated Safeguarding Lead