The Safeguarding of the children in our care at Courtlands is our first priority. Here are some of the ways we are working hard to build a safe community for all who belong here.
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Safeguarding of Children
- Safeguarding is managed by a team of three staff with the head teacher, deputy head teacher and Curriculum Lead in support.
- Safeguarding is a standing agenda item at weekly Senior Leadership Team meeting.
- All staff are effective users of our Child Protection Online Monitoring Service.
- All staff receive safeguarding training three times a year.
- Further online safeguarding training is available for all staff through Educare.
- The Designated Safeguarding Lead is also the designated teacher for looked after and previously looked after children and a trained trauma informed practitioner.
- Six staff members are trained as mental health first aiders.
- We offer effective early help family support through our Pastoral Lead.
- The Designated Safeguarding lead meets regularly with the link governor.
Wider Safeguarding Culture at Courtlands
- There are stringent vetting procedures for all staff and volunteers.
- There is robust onsite security understood and applied by all staff.
- Leaders rigorously manage attendance and absence and maintain strong links with our Education Welfare Officer.
- Our Wellbeing Curriculum includes explicit teaching about safe risk, managing dangers in the home and community and explores specific mental health conditions.
- Every pupil is assessed as part of their Wellbeing Profile. This helps us to build support where clear links between pupil wellbeing and any plateaus in academic progress can be seen in our data.
- Pupils have a Safeguarding focus day once per term with themes including NSPCC PANTS campaign, online safety and road safety awareness.
- A safeguarding newsletter is issued for staff 3 times a year to ensure up to date information about safeguarding themes, for example of FGM, Prevent and Online safety issues.
- Trauma informed practice is viewed as a school priority including a relationships policy and behaviour regulation policy with focus on the safety and protection of pupils at its heart. Our CAMHS worker and Educational psychologist supported this process.
- Our school communication lead contribute to the development of communication tools to make policies inclusive for all.
- We use the Seesaw online home school communication tool for immediate communication with parents during the day.
- Courtlands invests in strategies to help us achieve a national wellbeing award with the safeguarding of children and wellbeing of staff at its heart.
- All staff are trained annually in MAPA Pivotal strategies to ensure safe physical interventions when they are necessary as a last resort.
- All staff receive high quality thematic training including in the last year; 1 term on anxiety, 9 sessions on trauma informed working, 1 term on ASC and sensory integration and 1 term on communication including Attention Autism and PECS.
- Emotional support plans are in place for pupils who need them so that all staff can ensure that children have a consistent experience at Courtlands.
- Pupil individual risk assessments are updated regularly.
- Parents support is available through regular items on the parent newsletter using resources from National Online Safety.