The Royal Kent School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children - we aim to promote a culture of safeguarding and all staff recruitment and appointments, school policies and procedures prioritise safeguarding.
We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment and to keep in mind, 'it could happen here'.
We have a Safeguarding and Child Protection policy and a Staff Code of Conduct, which reflect the statutory guidance in Keeping Children Safe in Education (most recently updated September 2023). All staff (including supply staff, volunteers and governors) must ensure that they are aware of these, and they are also available on the policies page of this website. Volunteers working in school have appropriate safeguarding checks and sign a Code of Conduct relating to safeguarding.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with their parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.
If you are concerned about a child’s welfare, please record your concern, and any observations or conversation heard, and report to one of the Designated Safeguarding Leader team as soon as possible on the same day. You should not NOT conduct your own investigation.
Designated Safeguarding Leader team
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Katie Hancock (Headteacher)
Our Deputy DSLs (DDSLs) are Joe Blaney (Deputy Headteacher) and Vicky Webber (Year 6 teacher)
Our Safeguarding Governor is Nikki Harris
Our Chair of Governors is David Young
If your concerns relate to the actions or behaviour of a member of staff (which could suggest that s/he is unsuitable to work with children) then you should report this to the DSL in confidence, either in person or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org (or the Chair of Governors if the concern relates to the Headteacher), who will consider what action to take. If you need to contact the Chair of Governors, Mr David Young, you can contact him at email@example.com.
Key documents/ links for The Royal Kent School
Key local (Surrey) and National guidance
You can report any Child Protection concerns you have to Surrey Children’s Single Point of Access (C-SPA) directly:
Phone: 0300 470 9100 (Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm)
Out of hours phone: 01483 517898 to speak to the emergency duty team
Please complete a Surrey Children’s Services Request for Support Form (this replaces the Multi-agency referral form (MARF)
Are you concerned that someone you know may be at risk of being drawn into terroism?
Surrey is a low risk county for terrorist activity, but we still need to be alert to tensions and extremist groups in our communities. If you are a member of the public who is concerned that someone you know may be at risk of being drawn into terrorism, you have several options:
- Contact Surrey Police by dialling 101
- Report your concerns anonymously to Crime Stoppers 0800 555 111
- Call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321
- If it's an emergency, always dial 999
- A 'Prevent' referral form can be found here.