At Lympne we have rigorous processes and procedures in place which are designed to keep your child safe. These procedures encompass the best quality safeguarding practice in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023 and Working Together to Safeguard Children to ensure that the relationships we build with our children are strong.
We listen to our pupils and take what they tell us seriously. All school staff are trained in Child Protection and children are made aware of the adults they can talk to if they have any concerns. Staff are trained to look out for signs of all types of abuse including: domestic, neglect, physical, sexual, emotional, online, child sexual exploitation, FGM, bullying and cyberbullying, child trafficking, grooming and radicalisation amongst others. They are legally required to report these to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).
As a school we regularly work with children, families and outside agencies to ensure that the children who attend school are happy, safe and ready to learn. Our team of experienced and caring staff have years of experience working in this field.
We have clear lines of delegated responsibilities:
Designated Safeguard Lead - Headteacher - Melanie Nash
Deputy Designated Safeguard Leads - Anna Ladd -DHT/SENCO and Simone Martin
Online Safety Leads - Melanie Nash and Anna Ladd
Designated Teacher for Looked After Children and Previously Looked After Children (LAC) - Melanie Nash
Our Safeguarding Policy can be found on the policies page.
If you are concerned about the safety of a child, you can email the DSL at firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, you can contact the Kent Safeguarding Children Board:https://www.kscb.org.uk/ or Kent Social Services: https://www.kent.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/care-and-support/how-to-get-help#tab-1
Key Documents and Numbers
These threshold charts (Traffic Lights) are used to assist all those working with children to identify what is considered to be age appropriate, potentially harmful, or harmful behaviour.