Safeguarding

Introduction

It is the responsibility of the lead safeguarding designated person, Ashley Robson, under the direction of the nominated safeguarding governor, to ensure that all safeguarding issues raised in Reading School are effectively responded to, recorded and referred to the appropriate agency.

The lead designated safeguarding person is also responsible for arranging safeguarding training for all staff and volunteers who work with young people at Reading School.  The safeguarding designated person has a role in ensuring that safeguarding training takes place at least every three years.

In addition, the safeguarding designated person is required to attend or ensure that a senior member of staff, attends where appropriate, conferences, core groups or meetings where it concerns a pupils at Reading School.  Also, it may be necessary to contribute to multi-agency discussions in order to facilitate the safeguarding of a pupil’s welfare.

In addition, the safeguarding designated person will work with the Local Reading Safeguarding Board.  The Board monitors the provision for safeguarding across Reading, and who have an auditing role in ensuring the school is meeting its safeguarding requirements under Section 157/175 of the 2007 Education Act for both maintained and independent schools, including academies.

The Headmaster is required to provide an annual safeguarding report to the governing body and ensure the governing body remain informed with regards to safeguarding within Reading School.

Please click here to access the school report on the importance of safeguarding at Reading School. 

Safeguarding Responsibilities and Expectations

Reading School has a governing body whose legal responsibility it is to ensure that the school has an effective safeguarding policy and also effective procedures in place.  It monitors that Reading School complies in practice with the necessary policy and procedures.

The governing body should also ensure that the policy is made available to parents and carers if requested.

In addition, it is the responsibility of the governing body to ensure that all staff and volunteers are vetted to make sure they are safe to work with the pupils at Reading School.  Furthermore, it is the responsibility of the governing body to ensure that the school has procedures in place for handling allegations of abuse made against members of staff, including the headmaster or volunteers.

The designated safeguarding governor is Mr Bob Kenwrick, Chair of Governors.

Child Protection

Child Protection concerns need to be acted on immediately.

If you are concerned that a pupil may be at risk or is actually suffering abuse, you should inform one of the Designated Safeguarding Staff at Reading School.

  • Mr Ashley Robson, Designated Child Protection and Safeguarding Lead Officer, Headmaster, Single point of contact (SPOC), Preventing Violent Extremism and Radicalisation, Responsible Officer for Children Looked After (CLA).  arobson@reading-school.co.uk
  • Mr Chris Evans, Designated Deputy Child Protection and Safeguarding Lead Officer, South House Boarding Housemaster.  cevans@reading-school.co.u
  • Ms Jo Capon, Designated Deputy Child Protection and Safeguarding Lead Officer, Assistant Headteacher.  jcapon@reading-school.co.uk