At Richmond Hill, we take our role in safeguarding very seriously as we believe all children have the right to feel and be safe.
The latest government guidance on safeguarding can be found here at
Keeping children safe in education - September 2019
Working together to safeguard children - February 2019
Whilst the prime focus of Richmond Hill School is to secure the best educational provision for the child, the school believes that the safety, welfare and care of children is paramount. We are therefore committed to the highest standards in protecting and safeguarding the children entrusted into our care at all times. Our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy is available in the policies section.
We ensure that arrangements are in place for:
• All reasonable measures to be taken to minimise the risks of harm to children’s welfare.
• All appropriate actions to be taken to address concerns about the welfare of a child, or children, working to agreed local policies and procedures in full partnership with other local agencies.
• All persons working at this school to be made aware of this policy.
We recognise that some children may be the victims of neglect, physical, sexual or emotional abuse. The staff of the school will often, by virtue of their day to day contact and knowledge of the children, be well placed to identify such abuse and offer support to children in need.
In order to protect our children, we aim to:
• Create an atmosphere where all our children can feel secure, valued and safe.
• Recognise the signs and symptoms of abuse.
• Respond quickly and effectively to cases of suspected abuse.
• Monitor and support children at risk.
• Work closely with parent/carers and support external agencies.
• Ensure that all adults within our school who work with children have been checked as to their suitability.
Richmond Hill School will support all children by:
• Promoting a caring, safe and positive environment within the school.
• Liaising and working together with all other support services and those agencies involved in the safeguarding of children.
• Notifying Social Care Services via the approved mechanisms as soon as there is a significant concern.
• Providing continued support to a child where there have been concerns, who leaves the school by ensuring that appropriate information is forwarded under confidential cover to the child’s new school.
Our Senior Designated Safeguarding Lead: Kathie Hughes
Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (East): Hannah Cameron
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (West): Rachel Marsh
Please remember, safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.
You can contact the MASH team directly on the numbers below.
Social Care (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub MASH) 01582 547653
Emergency duty team (out of hours) 03003008123
All staff and visitors alike have a responsibility for safeguarding our pupils. To ensure this we ask the following: