At Ridge Farm School, we want the same as you: for your child to be safe, happy and achieve their full potential.
As such, we have a commitment and statutory duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of all of our students.
Sometimes we have to seek advice or support from external professionals such as social care services. We always endeavour to do this transparently and with the full support of parents, however, we have a legal duty to share our concerns whether we have parental consent or not.
This is NEVER a personal decision, but with the best interests of each child at the forefront of everything we do. Any action taken to safeguard students is informed by government legislation, which in turn informs our policies and procedures.
Ridge Farm School has two trained Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL’s) who will manage any safeguarding concerns raised by students, parents/carers and staff.
Christopher Kelly – Headteacher
Peter Cron – Pastoral Support Lead
All of our staff receive annual safeguarding training which incorporates the latest version of ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ guidance.
Additionally, all staff receive regular update training on specific safeguarding topics, for example, PREVENT duty or online safety, via face to face or online training.
All of our Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL’s) undertake refresher training every two years. Our DSL’s also undertake additional training on specific topics.
Our latest Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy can be viewed via the following link: