Whilst the prime focus of Deykin Avenue School is to secure the best educational provision for the children, the school recognises that the safety, welfare and care of children is paramount. We are therefore committed to the highest standards in protecting and safeguarding the children entrusted to our care at all times. Paper copies of our Safeguarding Policies are available on request. The Safeguarding Policy is available to view below:-
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) for Child Protection is:-
Ms. Jo Donnellan - Interim Head Teacher
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads for Child Protection are:-
Mrs. Sharon Brewer - Deputy Head Teacher
Mrs. Amanda Baxter - Pupil Parent Support Worker
Mr. Craig Downes - SENCO
Our nominated governor for safeguarding and child protection is Ms. Jane Mason.
In order to protect our children, we aim to establish and maintain an environment where children feel secure, are encouraged to talk and are listened to. We train staff to recognise signs and symptoms of abuse. We respond quickly and effectively to cases of suspected abuse and monitor and support children at risk. In accordance with our Safeguarding Policy, if we feel that a child is at significant risk of harm, a referral will be made to IASS (Children’s Social Care Services) without parental permission.
All employees of the school are subject to Enhanced Disclosure Barring Service checks. When recruiting staff, at least one member of the panel has completed Safer Recruitment Training. Pre-employment checks are completed including the right to work in the UK.
The school has a very effective security system. All staff wear identification badges and visitors to the school, including parents and volunteers, are issued with a visitor badge. Details of safeguarding, health & safety and emergency procedures are provided on the reverse of the badge.
All staff will make every effort to guide children in the correct use of the internet. Our access is filtered to exclude inappropriate material. The school has an Acceptable Use Policy which can be viewed below. The school carries out an annual Safeguarding Audit to ensure there are effective safeguarding procedures and policies in place. The audit is submitted to the Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board.