Safeguarding is ‘everyone’s responsibility’ and as set out in Maple Cross JMI & Nursery School’s policy, our responsibility under the Children Act 2004 is to ensure children, young people and adults at risk are kept safe from harm.
The aim of safeguarding is to enable children to have optimum life chances and to enter adulthood successfully.
All staff receive regular training in child protection and safeguarding procedures and have a duty to report concerns to a Designated Safeguarding Lead.
Our Safeguarding Leads are:
Hannah Trickett - Lead DSL
Anjali Majithia - Deputy DSL
Katie Saxon - Deputy DSL
Jess Lawley - Deputy DSL (maternity leave)
Herts for Learning e-safety Letter
NSPCC & Childline
The Prevent strategy, published by the Government in 2011, is part of our overall counter-terrorism strategy, CONTEST. The aim of the Prevent strategy is to reduce the threat to the UK from terrorism by stopping people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. In the Act this has simply been expressed as the need to “prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”.
The 2011 Prevent strategy has three specific strategic objectives:
- respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it
- prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support
- work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation that we need to address
In school we have three members of staff trained as Prevent trainers: Mrs Hannah Trickett, Mrs Anjali Majithia and Miss Katie Saxon. The staff lead regular training and updates in school for all staff.
Further information can be found here.
Safer recruitment is a set of rigorous practices to ensure all staff and volunteers are suitable to work with children and young people. It's a vital part of creating a safe and positive environment and making a commitment to keep children safe from harm.
Safer recruitment is a continuing process of improvement for us because our services involve contact with children. All processes and checks are recorded on our Single Central Record. This is regularly monitored by our Governors and DSLs.
Staff and Governors undertake safer recruitment training. Below is a record of everyone who has undertaken safer recruitment training.
|Who||Role||Training due for renewal|
|Anjali Majithia||Assistant Head||04/07/2024|
|Hannah Trickett||Head Teacher||07/06/2024|
|Laura Whyte||Chair of Governors||13/11/2022|
Full details of our safeguarding procedure are detailed in our safeguarding policy on our policy tab.
Safeguarding is most successful when all aspects are integrated together. Three key elements include a clear safeguarding ethos, a policy that sets out clear expectations and processes, and high-quality training that ensures staff know what to do and do it consistently across the school.
Our safeguarding team undertake and host regular in-house training as well as statutory training using resources from The Safeguarding Network. More details about The Safeguarding Network can be found here.