At Kingsweston we believe that in order to support pupils to achieve the best possible outcomes we need to work closely with families and Multi-Agency colleagues to create bespoke provision.
We recognise that a readiness to engage and learn is dependent upon a number of fundamental building blocks. This has informed the development of a within-school matrix of shared responsibilities which seek to address and build upon these fundamental needs.
We have a designated Safeguarding & Pastoral Mentor, Simon Penrose.
Safeguarding & Pastoral Mentor:
Simon supports families when they are going through some difficult experiences. Simon is also responsible for attendance across the school and has oversight of the pastoral care of our Children in Care which involves leading on the Personal Education Plans for those children.
He trains staff in safeguarding matters and ensures there is a clear protocol in place to promote the welfare of our pupils.
As part of the Team Around the Child (TAC), he supports the school to ensure that safeguarding and attendance work is of the highest standard, in line with local and national expectations and school policies. Simon works closely with the governor responsible for Safeguarding and Children in Care to ensure we are offering best practice. Simon reports directly to both Senior Leaders and to governors.
Simon works closely with external agencies to ensure pupils & their families are supported. Simon aims to advocate for pupils and families, he works with other agencies (both statutory and non-statutory) to support referrals being followed through, so that support is put in place in a timely manner, whenever possible.
Simon is part of our ‘Children of Concern’ meetings where identified issues and plans of action are made with members of the senior leadership team.
Evidence of the impact of the role include:
- There is a strong safeguarding ethos throughout all school sites, as a consequence of which pupils are made to feel safe.
- The role/impact of the safeguarding lead supported the identification of the need for further support, supporting the development of the 'Team around the Child.'
- After a tricky period, a parent fed back that the intervention of the school, although difficult at the time, led to an improved relationship with their child and the motivation to make changes in their own life.
- The school has consistently good and well above average attendance, with effective systems and support in place if a pupil doesn’t attend.
- Signposting and supporting initial access to other specialist organisations, especially to targeted families, leads to a good level of awareness amongst families of the city wide support available to them.
For safeguarding purposes we have a number of staff with enhanced levels of training and experience. Our Assistant Head Teachers (Karen Hillier, Tori Lincoln, Kate Lloyd & Sara Wright), plus our teacher at our Ashley Down provision (Nigel Collins). Our family and systemic psychotherapist (Shirley Monahan) is also a qualified social worker, with a vast range of experience and expertise on which we can draw.
Our Deputy Head Teacher (Jo Hill) acts as our Designated Safeguarding Lead & Children in Care lead teacher, having over-arching responsibility for both of these important aspects of our provision.