Safeguarding at Sunfield

There is a strong culture of safeguarding at Sunfield Children’s Home and School, it is at the heart of all that we do and the responsibility of each member of the Sunfield community.

All staff are trained in Safeguarding and receive regular updates in line with the schools’ Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy. This policy is updated each year and all staff members receive annual training to ensure their knowledge about safeguarding remains current. All staff receive regular updates and briefings throughout the year to ensure their knowledge of specific safeguarding concerns is up to date.

“The principal holds the designated safeguarding lead to account and actions are agreed to keep pupils safe. As a result, all senior leaders are well informed of safeguarding concerns and can supervise each other’s work in this area”

– Ofsted, 2018

Staff members and anyone with a connection to the school can report any suspicions, however small, of abuse, neglect or concern to the DSL or to any member of the Safeguarding Team. They can also make a report directly to the Local Safeguarding Partnership.

The suitability of staff members to work with children and adults at risk is checked by the DBS before they start work. This applies also to volunteers and visitors who are at the school for extended periods of time. Please click here for visitor’s information.

All new staff are required to complete face to face safeguarding training delivered by the safeguarding team or the Trust Head of Safeguarding.

Our senior staff at Sunfield Children’s Home and School have been trained in Safer Recruitment. This includes members of Senior Leadership Team, the relevant governors and trustees, and members of the human resources department.

In addition to this training, all staff members are required to read and abide by the Ruskin Mill Trust Code of Conduct, the most up to date version of Keeping Children Safe in Education, and the school Safeguarding and behaviour policies

Any issues or concerns about safeguarding issues relating to children, young people and staff at Sunfield Children’s Home and School are reported to the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead. Please click here for details of our full safeguarding team at the school.

Safeguarding team

Sarah Marshall

Deputy Safeguarding Lead

Safeguarding Level 5
Safer Recruitment
PREVENT

31st March 2023
29th November 2021
9th March 2022

Vincent Powell

Deputy Safeguarding Lead

DSL training
Safer Recruitment
PREVENT

13th June 2023
5th June 2023
18th April 2023

Tim O’brien

Deputy Safeguarding Lead

DSL training
Safer Recruitment
PREVENT

19th December 2023
13th March 2023
21st October 2021

William Tranter

Deputy Safeguarding Lead

DSL training
Safer Recruitment
PREVENT

21st October 2022
19th February 2021
1st November 2021

Jodie Siviter

Deputy Safeguarding Lead

DSL training
Safer Recruitment
PREVENT

28th November 2023

1st June 2022

Toni Welch

Designated Safeguarding Lead

DSL training
PREVENT
Safer Recruitment

13th June 2023
18th May 2023
21st May 2023

All staff training

Education staff

 

Annual safeguarding refresher

6th & 9th September 2022

 

 

PREVENT

Every 3 years

Other staff

 

Annual safeguarding refresher

Throughout the year

 

 

PREVENT

Every 3 years

In addition to this training, all staff members are required to read and abide by the Ruskin Mill Trust Code of Conduct. Staff members and anyone with a connection to the school can report any suspicions, however small, of abuse, neglect or concern to one of the Designated Safeguarding Lead or to any member of the Safeguarding Team. They can also make a report directly to the Dudley Safeguarding Partnership.

“Staff effectively promote pupils’ personal development. Their care for pupils is excellent”

– Ofsted, 2018

Contacts

Staff are available Monday to Thursday from  9.00am to 5.00pm and Fridays from 9.00am to 4.30pm:
Telephone: 01905 822666

For assistance out of office hours (weekdays and all day at weekends and bank holidays):
Telephone: 01905 768020

For detailed information about Safeguarding in Worcestershire, please look at the Worcestershire Safeguarding Partnership.

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) is a national charity which works to fight child abuse. Click here to visit the NSPCC website.

If you have concerns about online safety, you should report this to the safeguarding team. However, you (adult or young person) can report your concerns to CEOP, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre by visiting the CEOP website at www.thinkuknow.co.uk

How to apply

Get in touch with our dedicated admissions team to discuss a placement at one of our schools or colleges, or enquire about an open day.

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