Keeping Children Safe
The health, safety and well-being of pupils at Chatsworth High School and Community College are of paramount importance. Seven members of staff are trained to an enhanced level in Safeguarding and all members of staff are trained in Safeguarding in accordance with national guidelines. There is a weekly meeting of the Safeguarding Group which includes members of the Senior Leadership Team and the school nurse. This group focuses on the well-being of every pupil and identifies any concerns for action. The school liaises on a weekly basis with the Governor responsible for Safeguarding. Procedures for Safeguarding pupils are described in our Safeguarding Policy.
Risk assessments are completed for each individual pupil and these are reviewed on a regular basis by their tutor. Where appropriate, pupils have individual care plans related to their medical condition. Where necessary, pupils have Behaviour Support Plans to promote positive behaviour. Ofsted described this group of pupils as ‘exceptionally well supported’ (October 2013).
Pupil behaviour and safety is recorded using an adapted version of the school information management system. This information is monitored on a daily basis by the Senior Leadership Team. Educational Visits are monitored and regulated using Salford Local Authority’s ‘Evolve’ system for risk assessment. Each visit is rigorously assessed by the Senior Leadership Team. Pupils are closely supervised throughout the school day including break-times and lunchtimes. High staffing ratios enable this high level of supervision.
The school has close links with social care colleagues and supports the work of Salford Safeguarding Children Board by providing training in the area of special needs. The school’s Behaviour Support Policy and Safeguarding Policy have been developed in line with all of the pertinent Salford Safeguarding Children Board’s policies. All the schools policies relating to the health and safety of our pupils can be found here.