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Safeguarding Children At Bishop Henderson School


Bishop Henderson School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.  All our staff receive regular child protection training which includes school child protection procedures and policies, and all have current enhanced CRB/DBS checks. 


We follow DfE guidelines for ‘Safer Recruitment’ when employing new staff.


Our safeguarding policy and procedures apply to all of the school community and any visitors or

contractors working on site. 


Our Policy applies to all staff, governors and volunteers working in the school/academy/college and takes into account the current statutory guidance provided by the Department for Education (DfE) and local guidance issued by Somerset Local Safeguarding Children Board.   These duties are set out in the Education Act 2002 Sec 175/157, Working Together 2013 and Keeping Children Safe in Education 2014


We will ensure that parents/carers are made aware of our child protection policy through its publication on our website.


The actions we take to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm are everyone’s responsibility.  All staff and volunteers involved with children have a responsibility to be mindful of issues related to their safety and welfare and a duty to report any concerns.


There are five main elements to our Child Protection Policy:


  1.  Providing a safe environment in which children can learn and develop
  2. Ensure we practice safe recruitment in checking the suitability of staff and volunteers to work with children
  3. Develop and implement procedures for identifying and reporting cases of suspected abuse
  4. Support pupils who have been harmed or abused
  5. Raise awareness of safeguarding children, child protection processes and equip children with the skills needed to keep them safe.



School gates are locked during the school day so that visitors have to enter via the main entrance

and the school office.


Bishop Henderson School’s Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Sandy Shepard.  The Deputy

Designated Safeguarding Leads are Mrs Tonie Scott, Mrs Kelly Young and Mrs Kirstin Tesoriere.   The Safeguarding Governor is Karl Bevis. If you have any concerns regarding safeguarding issues please speak to any member of staff.