Redland Green School

RGS Bristol

Safeguarding Statement

At Redland Green School we are fully committed to safeguarding.

Please find our Safeguarding Statement detailed below. 

At Redland Green School we are committed to inspiring, challenging and safeguarding our students and enabling them to become:

We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at school.  All concerns are passed through the members of staff who are trained as 'Designated Child Protection Officers' in school in compliance with the 'sharing of information' guidance.

The following safeguarding measures are in place.

Cause for Concern

All staff are asked to report any causes for concern to the Designated Child Protection Officers using a written proforma.  Any concerns will be shared with parents/carers as early as possible as more often than not there are extremely reasonable explanations for the concern.  Concerns may range from children being visibly upset to persistent lateness to children 'disclosing' concerns.

Attendance

All lateness and absences are recorded by the Heads of Houses.  Reasons will be sought for all absence or lateness.  Attendance is monitored through these systems and referrals to the Designated Child Protection Officers can be made.  Parents and carers will always be informed of concerns around attendance at the earliest point.  If attendance concerns continue, the school may refer to the Education Welfare Service.

Absence During Term Time

We would encourage parents and carers not to take their children out of school during term time. Every day of your child's education counts.  If holidays during term time are necessary, then a request must be put in writing to the Deputy Headteacher as early as possible and at least 10 working days in advance.  In some cases, parents and carers will be asked to discuss the reasons for extended school holidays.

Support for Families - Common Assessment Framework (CAF)

A CAF is a means for families to access a range of support from a range of agencies other than school.  This process is used as a supportive measure.  A CAF will be considered when the support of a number of agencies, which may or may not include school, is required to better safeguard the interests of a child.

Female Genital Mutilation

Female Genital Mutilation is a practice carried out in some cultures.  It is illegal in this country.  The school has a duty of care to all the children to ensure that this practice does not occur.  If we are concerned that an extended holiday may be used for this practice we will ask for a meeting with parents/carers and, if necessary, we will refer to Social Care as this is a serious child protection issue. 

For more information please download our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy.