Safeguarding at The Ridgeway
All school staff, including members of our Governing Body, are trained to recognise the indicators of abuse and to manage an allegation of abuse or harm that may be made by a child or vulnerable person. Regular volunteers and students in school are also fully trained. Staff and other adults in school will always act on an allegation or a concern, but this will be done sensitively so as to reassure the child and to maintain confidentiality for the child and the family. We have a number of robust policies, most of which are updated at least annually and to which staff and adults in school refer regularly when carrying out their safeguarding responsibilities. Policies can be found elsewhere in this section.
We work with a range of external professionals to keep children and families safe: this includes the police; social workers; family support workers; medical professionals; foster carers; and, at times, family court professionals. When it is appropriate to do so, we also work closely with our colleagues in other local schools.
It is vital that we work closely with parents and carers to ensure children and families are safe. In most cases, it is parents and carers we turn to first when we are concerned about a child and very often we are able to put support in place quickly if it is required. Asking for help with a challenge or difficulty at home is not a sign of weakness - it is most certainly a strength and demonstrates your commitment to wanting the best for your child and your family. School staff will always be ready and happy to help you in any way they can.
With schools currently closed it is more important than ever that we work together with the wider community to keep children and families safe from harm. If you have a concern about a child or a vulnerable person, please see the section on Reporting a Concern for more information.