Safeguarding and Child Protection at Cranmore
Cranmore School recognises our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all pupils. We endeavour to provide an environment in which pupils feel safe, secure, valued, respected, and feel confident to talk if they are worried, believing they will be effectively listened to.
Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children. School staff are particularly important as they are in a position to identify concerns early and provide help for children, to prevent concerns from escalating. Schools and their staff form part of the wider safeguarding system for children working with social care, the police and health services to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
Every school is required to have a Designated Safeguarding Lead or (DSL). Here at Cranmore, the DSL is Mrs Fiona Nicholson and Ms Jessica Schembri is the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL). The DSL has a legal duty and responsibility to follow the law as outlined in the school’s ‘Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy’ on this page.
At times the DSL and DDSL may have to speak sensitively with parents and would be negligent in their role if they did not follow up on any potential safeguarding concerns identified. We have a duty to report any obvious or suspected cases of neglect or abuse to The Surrey Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH).
Cranmore School has taken the opportunity to join the Operation Encompass scheme which runs jointly between schools, Surrey Police and Surrey County Council. Operation Encompass has been designed to provide early reporting on any domestic incidents that occur outside of school which might have an impact on a child in school. Operation Encompass will ensure that the Designated Safeguarding Lead is informed the next morning that there has been a domestic incident. Through sharing this information the school can ensure that the child is supported in the most appropriate way during the school day.
Safeguarding children underpins the strong pastoral care at Cranmore, a community where each individual matters.