One of the aims of Tring School is to ensure students have the opportunity to learn in supportive, caring and safe environment, where students feel that they are listened to and taken seriously.
“Every person has a value and dignity which comes directly from the creation
of male and female in God’s own image and likeness. Christians see this
potential as fulfilled by God’s re-creation of us in Christ. Among other
things this implies a duty to value all people as bearing the image of God
and therefore to protect them from harm”
quote from intro of All God’s Children, the C of E report on Safeguarding.
Tring School follows the procedures established by the Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Board – a guide to procedure and practice for all professional staff in Hertfordshire who work with children.
All school staff and volunteers are particularly well placed to observe outward signs of abuse, changes in behaviour and failure to develop because they have daily contact with children.
In our ever changing world, there are different challenges and pressures for families in their everyday life. New technologies, a greater diversity in our society and increased media coverage, have brought new challenges to safeguarding procedures in schools. There is a greater need for staff to be aware of areas such as; grooming, radicalisation, extremism, forced marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM), without forgetting about the more “traditional” forms of abuse.
Tring School is aware of the important role the school has in the early recognition of the signs and symptoms of abuse or neglect and the appropriate referral process.
To promote a safe environment for students, our selection and recruitment policy includes all checks on staff and regular volunteers’ suitability, including Disclosure and Barring Service checks, as recommended by Hertfordshire County Council in accordance with current legislation.
Tring School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all of its students. As a school community, we are aware that safeguarding incidents could occur anywhere and at any time. Staff should be vigilant and alert to any possible concerns and raise their concerns in line with school policy. Each student’s welfare is of paramount importance. We recognise that some children may be especially vulnerable to abuse. We recognise that children who are abused or neglected may find it difficult to develop a sense of self worth and to view the world in a positive way. Whilst at school, their behaviour may be challenging. We recognise that some children who have experienced abuse may harm others. We will always take a considered and sensitive approach in order that we can support all of our students.
Mr Nigel Barlow (Assistant Headteacher) is the Designated Senior Person for Safeguarding. He will be happy to discuss any questions or concerns parents/carers may have about Child Protection Policies and Practice. If Mr Barlow is not available the next point of contact is Mr Andrew Dobberson (Assistant Headteacher).
Please find full Safeguarding and Child Protection policies attached below.