Abbeywood Community School

Safeguarding Introduction

Abbeywood Community School fully recognises its responsibility under section 175 of the Education Act 2002 to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and to work together with other agencies to ensure effective arrangements within our school to identify, assess and support children who are suffering from harm.

Safeguarding our school community is of paramount importance. We ensure that all our staff are aware of, and have the skills to deal with, any child protection or safeguarding concerns. We have robust recruitment procedures and professional development programmes which ensure that all our staff uphold our strong ethos and values. All of our staff receive yearly updates as part of their child protection training.

Details of our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy can be found by clicking here. Our school policy encourages all staff to raise any concerns they may have about students; the interests of the young person are paramount and take priority over professional loyalties.

There may be occasions when our concern about your child means that we have to consult other agencies before we contact you. We may suggest a SAFeh (Single Assessment Framework for Early Help) to help coordinate support across agencies for families who need extra help. 

In addition to their tutors, students have pastoral support from the Head of their year group who are available before school, during breaks, lunchtimes and after school.  Students can also access the School Health Nurse & Sexual Health Nurse/Youth Worker via a weekly drop-in service. We also have access to counselling services.

this link is to unratified version- policy was ratified by SIC 27.9.23, please update policy or link accordingly

Key School Contacts

The staff within the Safeguarding Team who have  higher level Child Protection training  and can be contacted via the main school number: 01454 862986

If you are concerned about a child and need to contact the local authorities:

01454 866000 Monday to Friday (South Gloucestershire)

0117 9036444 Monday to Friday (Bristol)

01454 615165 Out of hours/Weekends (Bristol & South Glos) 

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