Cressex Community School is committed to safeguarding the welfare of young people. The school has its own robust safeguarding procedures. If you have a concern about the welfare of a child who attends the school, please contact one of the named designated safeguarding leads (DSL): Mr K Shabbir, Headteacher; Mr M Akhtar, Deputy Headteacher; Ms O Sydney, Child Protection Officer; Mrs S Weightman, SENDCo. All may be reached via the main school switchboard: 01494 437729.  The School safeguarding governor is Mr Tristan Arnison.

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Mr K Shabbir
Headteacher DSL

Ms O Sydney
Child Protection and 
Support Officer

Operational Additional

Mrs S Weightman
Additional DSL
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Mr M Akhtar
Deputy Headteacher
Additional DSL
  Mr Tristan Arnison
Safeguarding Governor

These individuals receive regular briefing and training, as do other staff and also governors. The Headteacher is the named individual in charge of child protection. Day to day responsibility for child protection issues rests with the Child Protection Officer, Ms O Sydney who may be contacted at the school.

We take our responsibilities in relation to child protection very seriously.  Access to the site is closely monitored. All adults who come into contact with young people have been appropriately checked. Our recruitment procedures for all roles at the school follow “safer recruitment” guidelines.  All staff receive regular training and updates on their obligations with regard to child protection and safeguarding. This includes training in areas such as misuse of the internet and social media, child sexual exploitation, Harmful sexual behaviour, “Peer on Peer abuse“ and the government’s “Prevent” strategy, aimed at stopping young people falling prey to radicalisation. All staff are subject to enhanced DBS checks.

The school works closely with partner agencies such as Barnado’s, the Police and the Local Authority to ensure young people are kept safe.

How to report a concern

To report a child safeguarding concern about a child who attends the school please contact the main school switchboard on 01494 437729.
Should you wish to raise a concern about a young person who does not attend the school, or outside of school terms, please click on the 'Report a concern about a child here' graphic below which will direct you to advice provided by the Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children's Partnership and telephone numbers for Buckinghamshire Council's First Response Team and the NSPCC.
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If you have an urgent concern about the safety of a child or young person, call 999 and ask for the police.
For all emails on a safeguarding related matter, please use the following email address:
Governors have agreed a Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy which is modelled on that provided by Buckinghamshire Local Authority.
The policy aims to support the development of children in ways that will foster security, confidence and resilience. It aims to provide an environment in which children and young people feel safe and secure, valued and respected and also feel confident and know how to approach adults if they are in difficulties. The policy aims to raise the awareness of all staff about the need to safeguard children and it emphasises their responsibility for identifying and reporting possible cases of abuse. The school has in place a systematic means of monitoring children known or thought to be at risk of harm and this involves engaging with other agencies responsible for safeguarding children as well.  

Latest Safeguarding Policy - Click here