We believe clear governance and leadership is central to embed a safeguarding culture and recognise that all staff and governors have a full and active part to play in protecting our pupils from harm, and that the child’s welfare is our paramount concern.

Our school will provide a safe, caring, positive and stimulating environment that promotes the social, physical and moral development of the individual child free from discrimination or bullying where children can learn and develop happily. Trustees recognise that as well as threats to the welfare of children from within their families, children may be vulnerable to abuse or exploitation outside their homes and from other children. Staff will remain vigilant and alert to these potential risks.

We undertake rigorous checks on all staff and volunteers who work in our school and maintain a central record documenting these. Staff involved in recruitment and selection of employees are trained in safer recruitment, and all of our staff and volunteers undertake in-house Child Protection training.

Mr James Veness, Headteacher, is our Designated Safeguarding Officer and should be the first point of contact for any concerns around safeguarding and child protection. Our Deputy Safeguarding Leads are Yasmin Humphreys and Dawn Barksfield. Jenni Dimbylow is our named governor with responsibility for safeguarding. All are available in school, by phone on 01235 833379, or with an email labelled for their attention to office.3250@hendreds.oxon.sch.uk

If you are concerned about a child’s welfare out of school, please speak to Mr Veness, one of our Deputy Desingated Safeguarding Leads or contact Oxfordshire Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 0345 050 7666.

As part of our role to safeguard pupils, please be aware that, like all schools, we have a duty to share information with other agencies where there are any concerns about the safety and well-being of a child.

Designated Safeguarding Leads

James Veness

Designated Safetguarding Lead

Yasmin Humphreys

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Dawn Barksfield

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead