Further Safeguarding Information

 

Safer Recruitment

The ODBST follows Safer Recruitment procedures to ensure all staff are suitable to work with students, including carrying out checks with the Disclosure Barring Service. All visitors to the school sign in at Reception and receive a Visitors badge or lanyard for the duration of their stay. All staff are expected to challenge individuals who are not wearing a badge or lanyard and are not known to them.

All staff receive annual Safeguarding training and regular updates. All staff and children receive e-safety training to raise awareness of the challenges relating to the internet with the aim to reduce its misuse, including social media sites and to minimise the incidents of cyber bullying and its effects. Staff undergo training to raise awareness of the Prevent strategy with the aim of reducing the risk of radicalisation and terrorism. Staff are aware of their duty to be alert to female students who may at risk of Female Genital Mutilation and the key indicators to recognise children at risk of Child Sex Exploitation.
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Our curriculum is designed to create awareness in children of Safeguarding issues and how to deal with them. Issues are covered in the PSHE (Personal Social and Health Education) programme, our assembly programme and more generally throughout the curriculum. Training of all staff in identifying, reporting procedures, and dealing with such issues is regular and thorough. We will continue to ensure that all our staff, other professionals, parents/carers and children work together to know the rules about keeping children safe. They will understand the importance of following procedures and listening to each other, especially when there are concerns about safety.

Equality and Diversity

The ODBST is committed to equality in both employment and education provision. We aim to ensure that everyone who is part of the ODBST community is treated fairly, with dignity and respect. Protected characteristics include age, disability, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, sex (including transgender), gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, religion or belief, sexual orientation and marriage and civil partnership (for employees).

We maintain a zero- tolerance approach to prejudice and discrimination in any form.

Safe at School

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Action for Children

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