RKS is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children - all staff recruitment and appointments, school policies and procedures prioritise safeguarding. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
We have a Child Protection and Safeguarding policy and Staff Code of Conduct policy. 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 are Joe Blaney (Deputy Headteacher) and Vicky Webber (Year 6 teacher)
Our Safeguarding Governor is Tonia Lovell
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 (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, please enquire at the School Office for his contact details.
Key documents/ links for The Royal Kent School
Child Protection and Safeguarding (policy)
Key local (Surrey) and National guidance
Surrey Safeguarding Children's Board arrangements from September 2019
Effective Family Resilience (every child in Surrey matters) - Surrey
Protecting Children and Young People in Sport - Active Surrey
Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Between Children in Schools and Colleges - DfE
Keeping Children Safe in Education - DfE
Working Together to Safeguard Children - DfE
Harmful Behaviour in Young People and Children - Parents Protect - DfE
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.