At Aston Clinton School, the health, safety and well-being of every child are our paramount concern. We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. Our aim is for children to enjoy their time as pupils at Aston Clinton. We want to work in partnership with you to help your child achieve their full potential and make a positive contribution.
To promote a safe environment for pupils, our selection and recruitment policy includes all checks on staff and regular volunteers’ suitability, including Disclosure and Barring Service checks, as recommended by Buckinghamshire County Council in accordance with current legislation.
In accordance with our responsibilities under Section 175/157 of the Education Act 2002, our Designated Person for Child Protection is Mrs Helen Shepherd, Headteacher, and she has received appropriate training for this role. It is her responsibility to ensure that all staff in contact with children receive child protection awareness training on a regular basis. Mrs Carol Macdonald, the Deputy Headteacher and Mrs Ali Astle, the Family Support Co-ordinator, are the Deputy Designated Persons.
There are occasions when our concern about a child may mean that we have to consult other agencies. Whilst we would always aim to work in partnership with parents there may be exceptions to this when concerns are raised for the protection of a child. We also can be contacted by agencies if there is information to be shared such as the police through Operation Encompass.
On very rare occasions Social Care, whilst undertaking an investigation under S47 of the Children Act 1989, may want to speak to a child without their parents’ knowledge. This would be a decision made in collaboration with partner agencies and would only be done in situations where a child might be at immediate risk. To gain consent at this point may increase the level of risk to the child or cause evidence of a crime to be lost.
The procedures which we follow have been laid down by the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board, and the school has adopted a Child Protection Policy in line with this for the safety of all. If you want to know more about our procedures, please speak to the Headteacher, the Deputy Designated Persons or your child’s class teacher. The Policy can be found in the policies section of the website using the link below.
'Prevent' is a Government Initiative designed to stop young people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism, or extremist causes.
The Prevent Strategy covers all type of terrorism and extremism including extreme right wing, violent Islamist groups, and other causes. From July 2015, schools along with other organisations, have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism. This means we have a responsibility to protect children from extremist and violent views in the same way that we protect them from drugs and violence.
Part of the Prevent Strategy is to make people aware of the risks, how to spot radicalisation, and where to go for help if you have concerns. If you are worried about someone you can talk to the school, or get in touch with the Prevent Team for advice and support. To contact the Prevent Team, call the police using the 101 number and ask for a Prevent officer.
The Headteacher, Mrs Shepherd, has completed the WRAP training and is a trained facilitator for The Prevent Strategy delivering training to school staff and other local educational establishments when required