Safeguarding and Health & Safety

Safeguarding Statements & Arrangements

Future Education operates a Whole School Safeguarding Policy which incorporates Child Protection. You will find a copy of the policy in the ‘Documents’ section.

The purpose of the School’s safeguarding policy is to ensure every child who is a registered pupil at our school is safe and protected from harm. This means we will always work to:

  • Protect children and young people at our school from maltreatment;
  • Prevent impairment of our children’s and young people’s health or development;
  • Ensure that children and young people at our school grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;
  • Undertake that role so as to enable children and young people at our school to have the best outcomes

The School operates safer recruitment procedures which include vetting and background checks. Staff receive regular and ongoing training in safeguarding and child protection, including preventing radicalisation and extremism, female genital mutilation, local Safeguarding procedures and more.

Safeguarding Roles and Responsibilities are as follows:

RoleNameContact Details
Head Teacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) John Butcher 07817 836865
j.butcher@futureeducation.org.uk
Deputy DSL Sonia Bush 07966 838826
s.bush@futureeducation.org.uk
Alternate DSL Jessica Morris 07966 923547
j.morris@futureeducation.org.uk
Chair and Named Safeguarding Governor Mike Stonard 01603 251310
michaelstonard@btinternet.com

Looked After Children (LAC)

Statistically Looked After Children (LAC) are more likely to face challenges in their education life and be identified as having Special Educational Needs (SEN). We recognise that LAC referrals to Future Education are more likely. It is important that LAC needs are identified and acted on as soon as possible to ensure they receive appropriate support. In the successful outcome for Looked After Children, a positive school experience is one of the most important factors contributing to good outcomes in later life, providing them with stability, structure and purpose.

In accordance with the Education (Admissions of Looked After Children) (England) Regulations 2006 and in accordance with Section 22 of the Children Act 1989, the definition of a Looked After Child (LAC) is:

  • a child who is in the care of a Local Authority, or
  • a child who is being provided with accommodation by a Local Authority in the exercise of their social services functions

This includes a child who was previously Looked After but immediately after being Looked After, became subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order.

The school aims to ensure the best provision and outcomes for LAC by maintaining:

  • A framework for assessing educational need, tracking progress, setting targets and monitoring educational outcomes for all LAC
  • Care planning processes that give full consideration to the children’s education
  • High standards of care and support that help children to do well.

All Looked After Children:

  • Have a Personal Education Plan (PEP) that sets targets for their attainment and details what support they will receive in order to achieve their potential and achieve their chosen goals in life.
  • Are supported to achieve their best academically and to reach their potential.
  • Are supported to achieve high levels of school attendance and punctuality.
  • Benefit from the extra funding that Pupil Premium provides

The Designated Teachers for Looked After Children is John Butcher and Matthew Ridley. The Designated Teacher:

  • Has regard for the well-being, academic progress, social development and aspirations of LAC
  • Promotes a culture within the school whereby staff have a good understanding of the specific educational needs of LAC and the barriers they face.
  • Liaises with carers and social workers to ensure good communication and a consistency of approach to supporting the child or young person.
  • Is responsible for the oversight of the development and monitoring of PEPs within the school and setting targets for LAC. Development of the PEP is the joint responsibility of social workers, carers and the school.
  • Helps LAC become involved in the PEP planning process and ensures their views are taken into account
  • Oversees transitions of LAC to and from the school and the transfer of information to the child’s next school

Health & Safety and Risk Assessments

We recognise our responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and will take all reasonably practicable steps to provide and maintain safe and healthy working conditions, equipment and systems of work for all our pupils, school personnel and visitors to the school.

Accidents and injuries can ruin lives, damage reputations and cost money. Apart from being a legal requirement, risk assessments therefore make good sense, focusing on prevention, rather than reacting when things go wrong. Risk assessments are therefore an important tool in providing a safe and effective learning environment and a functioning and effective school.

Please see the documents section for the school’s Risk Assessment Policy and associated Health & Safety Policies.