Oxted School, as a member of THPT, is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare, both physical and emotional, of every student both inside and outside the school premises.
We aim to provide a caring, positive, safe and stimulating environment which promotes the social, physical and moral development of that individual child and strive to make sure that every student feels secure and well cared for.
All members of Oxted School understand and are committed to the vital contribution that all trustees, staff, parents and students can make to safeguarding children. Every member of staff has a collective recognition of the importance of providing an environment that helps children feel safe and respected and promotes a culture that encourages children to talk openly and have the confidence they will be listened to.
At Oxted School, our Safeguarding Team is committed to providing the best possible care and support for all students but if you have any concerns about the safety or welfare of a child please make contact the school immediately and clearly state that your call relates to a potential safeguarding issue.
If your concerns are outside of School hours or during the school holidays, please contact the police. If a child is in imminent danger then please dial 999 for the Police.
You can access the Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre directly by clicking on the CEOP website.
Our curriculum is designed to create awareness in students of safeguarding issues and how to deal with them. Issues are covered in the PSHE (Personal Social and Health Education) programme, our assembly programme and during tutor times and more generally throughout the curriculum. All staff and students receive e-safety advice to raise awareness of the new challenges relating to the internet with the aim to reduce its misuse, including social media sites and to minimise the incidents of cyberbullying and its effects.
Training of all staff in identifying, reporting procedures and dealing with such issues is regular and thorough. We will continue to ensure that all our staff, other professionals, parents/carers and students work together to know the rules about keeping children safe. They will understand the importance of following procedures and listening to each other, especially when there are concerns about safety.
There are a number of related Policies and Procedures linked to Safeguarding, some of which are a statutory requirement and some are considered to be best practice in order to support us with our collective responsibility of Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018. The non-statutory policies and procedures that are in place which support and have a relevance to safeguarding are not all listed here but are available from the Academy on request.
THPT Oxted School Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy
This policy sets out a clear and consistent framework for safeguarding and promoting the welfare, both physical and emotional, of every pupil, in line with relevant safeguarding legislation and the DfE’s ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ September 2018 statutory guidance document. It meets the statutory requirement for schools to have in place Child Protection Policy and Procedures and defines the process and procedures that Oxted School has in place to ensure all children are kept safe and protected from harm and that all the adults in our school are clear of their role and responsibilities. It also complies with the statutory duty under Section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 that states that all schools and educational establishments must have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. This is called the Prevent Duty. For further practical advice on how to protect children from the dangers of extremism, which includes information on the warning signs, how parents should talk to children about extremism and the steps concerned parents should take please visit educateagainsthate.com.