Safeguarding

Safeguarding is of utmost importance at Ivel Valley. All of our pupils – regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, religion and age – have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse. Our whole staff team work alongside families and other professionals to create a strong culture of safeguarding, where pupils feel valued, respected and listened to. 

All of our pupils have special educational needs and disabilities, which we recognise makes them more vulnerable, and therefore our safeguarding practice needs to be particularly thoughtful and robust. We work hard to help our pupils understand how they can share concerns, if they want and are able to. Every classroom has an accessible safeguarding policy displayed (see below) and we dedicate lots of time to building positive relationships, ensuring that pupils feel listened to and respected.

Safeguarding – accessible policy – school

Safeguarding – accessible policy – college

All staff have the right level of safeguarding training for their roles, and all staff must read and adhere to the Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy, and the most current version of Keeping Children Safe in Education Part 1 and Annex B. 

Safeguarding underpins all of our policies; here are some particularly important ones:

Safeguarding & child protection policy

Online Safety Policy

Confidentiality Policy

Intimate Care Policy

Touch Policy

We are registered with Operation Encompass. This means that we are informed about domestic abuse incidents that police have attended, when children live in the home. Under Encompass, we will also know about children who have gone missing. Please see below posters with further information with regards to Operation Encompass.

Emily Sidhu

Deputy Headteacher Emily Sidhu is the Designated Safeguarding Lead at Ivel Valley School.  Emily’s role is to oversee safeguarding for the whole school and college, ensuring all staff are trained appropriately and engaging with external agencies where necessary.

Our Safeguarding Team

The Designated person for Safeguarding is:

  • Emily Sidhu (Deputy Headteacher)

The Deputy Designated persons for Safeguarding are:

  • Roger Williams (Assistant Headteacher, College site)

The Safeguarding Lead for After School and Holiday Club is:

  • Emily Snapes

Lead Governors for Safeguarding:

  • Gill Needham & Frances Evans

All other members of staff attend safeguarding training on a yearly basis. All staff must read and adhere to the Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy, and Keeping Children Safe in Education (2022) Part 1.

OVERALL AIMS

  • Establishing a safe, resilient and robust ethos in the school, built on mutual respect, and shared values
  • Creating an organisational culture that is safe for pupils
  • Introducing appropriate work within the curriculum
  • Encouraging pupils and parents / carers to participate
  • Developing staff’s awareness of the risks and vulnerabilities pupils face to enable them to recognise and respond to concerns
  • Addressing concerns at the earliest possible stage in the least intrusive way

KEY PRINCIPLES

  • Always see the child first and consider what life is like for the child, maintaining a culture of vigilance;
  • Provide support and intervention at the earliest possible opportunity in the least intrusive way, in accordance with LSCB Thresholds Framework;
  • Have conversations, build relationships and maintain professional curiosity;
  • Focus on securing improved outcomes for children;
  • Build a culture of openness and transparency where all staff are able to demonstrate understanding of their role and responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children;
  • Every child is entitled to a rich and rounded curriculum;
  • When issues arise, school leaders should speak out, addressing them internally where possible and engaging in a multi-agency response when required, in accordance with interagency procedures.

Operation Encompass

Operation Encompass is the way that we are informed about domestic abuse incidents that police have attended, when children live in the home.
 
Under Encompass, we will also know about children who have gone missing.
 

Please see below posters with further information with regards to Operation Encompass:

Schools Letter to Parents – Central Bedfordshire

OE Primary School Poster

OE College Poster