Date Valley School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our pupils in school. All staff and volunteers must share this commitment.
We believe that pupils 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 pupil in distress and are confident about applying the processes to avert and alleviate any such problems.
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.
Date Valley School has adopted policies, in line with recommendations from London Child Protection Procedures and Practice Guidance and Guidance from the London Borough of Merton Safeguarding Team. Safeguarding, Child Protection and Safer Recruitment policies are available to be viewed on the school website.
We are fully committed to ensuring that effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support pupils, families and staff at school. The current Safeguarding Officer at Date Valley School is Naheed Mughal. This staff member is supported by a team of senior leaders and other members of school staff. Child protection is a branch of safeguarding and any concerns of a child protection nature are passed to the members of staff who are trained to be the Child Protection officer, at present Naheed Mughal.
If your child is ever concerned about their own safety or well-being or about a friend, they are encouraged to talk to someone such as a parent or a member of staff at school. If you have any serious concerns about your child or any other pupil at Date Valley School, please do not hesitate to contact the Senior Leadership Team. The members of staff are available to listen and talk through your concerns and an appropriate degree of confidentiality is always in place.
In the best interest of all our pupils, as well as ensuring that we comply with our legal duties, all teachers including support staff undergo checks in line with Safer Recruitment legislation. All share a responsibility and are asked to report any causes for concern to the Safeguarding Officer. Concerns are usually shared with parents/guardians as early as possible. On many occasions, there are very reasonable explanations for the concern and can include issues such as pupils being visibly upset, persistent lateness or even pupils ‘disclosing’ concerns.
Talking helps and if the Senior Leadership Team agree there is a problem, they will inform the school’s Child Protection officer – who will work together with staff, pupils and parents to address the problems and ensure everyone is safe, alongside maintaining supporting documents of events. On very rare occasions, concern about a pupil may mean that there is a duty to consult other agencies even before we contact parents/guardians. The procedures we follow have been laid down by the London Borough of Merton Safeguarding Team and are detailed in the Safeguarding and Child Protection policies.
At Date Valley School we celebrate and promote our diverse community with different ethnicities, however we also recognise that in today’s world young people are faced with many pressures as they grow up and can often be influenced by strong feelings expressed by others in connection with a range of complex issues. At Date Valley School our overriding concern is that all our young people feel safe and also express tolerance towards all cultures and religions even when personal views may be different. We do not condone political, religious or cultural extremism in any form, believing it to run contrary to our school values and ethos.
We have a duty of care to ensure that all in our community are protected from any dangers of being potentially or actually radicalised.
Date Valley School fully endorses the Prevent strategy that:
“Schools can help to protect children from extremist and violent views in the same ways that they help to safeguard pupils from drugs, gang violence or alcohol. Their purpose must be to protect pupils from harm and to ensure that they are taught in a way that is consistent with the law and our values”
All of our pupils are given information on staying safe in the school and the wider community, they are told about appropriate behaviour in terms of their day to day conduct and when using technology in line with our Safe Use of the Internet and E-Safety Policy.
At Date Valley School we take seriously any inappropriate or concerning behaviour and will work with other agencies if and when required. The school staff are always available to discuss any issues parents/guardians may be concerned about.
Our mission is to teach pupils to be good British Muslims and encourage diversity and tolerance, In Shaa Allah.
Date Valley School.
Updated May 2018