At Chase Bridge we recognise that it is everyone’s moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children. We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued. The best interests of the child are considered at all times. We are committed to identify concerns early and are able to implement early help where necessary. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice. We know where a child is in immediate danger or at risk of significant harm action should be taken immediately to protect that child. Chase Bridge always maintains an attitude of it could happen here.

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children refers to protecting children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes. 

Safeguarding is not just about protecting children from deliberate harm. It also relates to aspects of school life including:

  • Pupils’ health and safety
  • The use of reasonable force (restraint)
  • Meeting the needs of children with medical conditions
  • Providing first aid
  • Educational visits
  • Intimate care
  • Online safety
  • Appropriate arrangements to ensure school security, taking into account the local context

The designated safeguarding lead (DSL) for child protection in Chase Bridge is: 

  • Andrew King (Head teacher)

In the event the designated safeguarding lead is absent the deputy designated people in this school are: 

  • Brian Ostro (Deputy Head) 
  • Sue Wood (Family Worker) 
  • Kate Gauvain (SENCo and Assistant Headteacher) 
  • Amy Gray (Welfare Officer)

The nominated governor for this school is Eleanor Wright.