Safeguarding

Education staff have a critical role to play in helping identify welfare concerns, and indicators of possible abuse or neglect, at an early stage.

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The Arnewood School is committed to protecting our students, preventing impairment of their health and development  and providing safe and effective care that enables them to have optimum life chances and to successfully move forward into adulthood. 

We aim for a consistent approach  to practices  throughout the school that are understood and adhered to by all staff, governors and volunteers. We recognise that adults have a tremendous impact on young people and, with this in mind, adults at The Arnewood School:

  • are good role models
  • enjoy their work and working with young people
  • recognise and value three strengths in each other and use these to support everyone 
  • work within the agreed policies of the school
  • create an environment of trust whereby the young people feel secure, valued, cared for and where they are listened to non-judgmentally.

In developing an ethos of openness with parents and carers, this page draws attention to a number of our polices and procedures. We welcome feedback and hope that all parents/carers feel welcome at school and that any queries, concerns or problems are taken seriously and addressed quickly. In the first instance these should be addressed to the relevant Head of Year but members of the Senior leadership Team are always available for more serious and immediate concerns.

You can contact the safeguarding team via: safeguarding@arnewood.hants.sch.uk

Our safeguarding team are Suzanne Currie, Kim Watson, Laura Sheppard (Sixth Form) and Nigel Pressnell, Headteacher (Designated Lead).

Please email this address if you are a student, parent or carer needing help, or a member of the community wanting to report something causing you concern (e.g. suspected abuse or neglect which does not require an immediate call to the police.)

The Governing Body as a whole recognise the importance of safeguarding and have joint responsibility in this regard. They review all related policies and procedures annually. The Governor link for safeguarding is Elizabeth Cook who takes the leads for governor’s strategy for ensuring safeguarding arrangements.

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined within “Keeping Children Safe in Education” as:- 

• protecting children from maltreatment;
• preventing impairment of children’s mental and physical health or development;
• ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
• taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

Safeguarding Links and Resources

For help and advice visit the NSPCC website. 

Safe4me provides educators, service providers and parents with information and resources to help educate, guide and support children and young people to keeping safe. 

Students who do not feel comfortable talking to somebody at school but need help can call childline on 0800 1111 for free, confidential advice and support whatever your worry, whenever you need help.

Adults who may be worried about a child, even if you’re unsure, contact the NSPCC professional counsellors for help, advice and support on 0808 800 5000 or email help@nspcc.org.uk.

In accordance with the Education Act 2002 we safeguard and promote the welfare of pupils at the school by making arrangement to take all:- 

  • reasonable measures to ensure the risks of harm to children’s welfare are minimised
  • appropriate actions to address concerns about the welfare of a child or children, working to agreed local policies and procedures in full partnership with other local agencies.

The school’s safeguarding and child protection policies can be found on the policies page of school website.