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 safeguarding officers: 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 Tristan Arnison.
|Mr K Shabbir
Ms O Sydney
|Mrs S Weightman
|Mr M Akhtar
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.