Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility
The Good Shepherd Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We ensure that all our recruitment and employment practices reflect this commitment.
The safety and wellbeing of every child in the care of Potters Gate School is our absolute priority. We expect all of our staff, pupils, parents, LGC members, Trust directors, visitors, contractors and third party professionals to share this view. The safeguarding and protection of children is everyone’s responsibility.
Designated Safeguarding Leads
The term “Designated Safeguarding Lead” (DSL) is used in the DfE Keeping Children Safe in Education document and refers to the person accountable for overseeing the safety and wellbeing of the children in the care of their setting. The role of the DSL must be fulfilled be a member of the schools senior leadership team to ensure that they have appropriate authority and status to provide advice and support to other staff on child welfare and child protection matters.
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is: Jayne Venables
Reporting a Concern
If you have a concern about a child, please contact a DSL.
If your concern is about an adult working or volunteering in the school, you should contact the Executive Headteacher. If your concern is about the Executive Headteacher, you should contact the Trust Board Chair.
All school DSLs are contactable via: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, you can contact Surrey's Children's Services directly:
Contact the team:
- Tel: 0300 470 9100 (9am - 5PM)
Out of Hours contact details
(9am - 5PM)
- Tel: 01483 517898
- Fax: 01483 517895
- SMS number: 07800000388 (for deaf and hard of hearing callers online)
- To make a call via text direct, please dial 18001 01483 517898
- Email: email@example.com
Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) - Amanda Hitchcock
(For allegations against adults working with children)
Safeguarding Children’s Unit
Office: 0300 123 1650 option 3
Desk: 01372 833325
At Potters Gate School we take safeguarding and child protection very seriously. We have a number of policies and procedures that contribute to our safeguarding commitment. Key policies and other policies can be viewed in our policies and e-safety area.
We use a computerised system called CPOMS to record and track safeguarding concerns.
If you would like to see the Trusts safeguarding information, including the safer working practice statement, please click here.
Definition of safeguarding:
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined for the purposes of this guidance as:
- protecting children from maltreatment;
- preventing impairment of children’s mental and physical health or development;
- ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
- taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
The safeguarding policy and other safeguarding related policies can be found on our policies page.