At Bacon's we take the well-being and safety of all our students very seriously. We have a culture and climate of students speaking openly and honestly about concerns they have, how they are feeling and worries they may have about school and their personal lives. We offer support for students through our superb pastoral support systems of tutors, heads of year and our inclusion team.
All of our staff receive regular training on keeping students safe and we have a rigorous system whereby staff can also report concerns on the well-being and welfare of students. All adults who regularly work on our site are required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to prevent unsuitable people from working with pupils. All visitors are closely supervised when on site.
If you are concerned about the well-being, welfare, safety and health of your own child, you should contact your child’s Head of Year or Form Tutor for a meeting to discuss your concerns further.
If you have a concern about the well-being, welfare, safety and health of another child who attends Bacon's you should contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL), Tom Sargeant, on the email address below. If this concern is urgent and you feel a child is in immediate danger you should contact the police.
We ensure staff have the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to keep children safe through provision of regular training on child protection issues. A qualified Designated Safeguarding Lead (Child Protection Officer) within the College provides support to staff members to carry out their safeguarding duties and liaises closely with other services such as children’s social care. We also have a designated Lead Governor for safeguarding and child protection on the Governing Body.
Our staff are trained to be vigilant for all kinds of safeguarding concerns, including bullying, online safety, emotional or other abuse or extremist behaviour. We have clear procedures in place where any potential safeguarding concerns are identified. We share information with other public bodies – within agreed protocols.
As part of the College’s safeguarding measures, we also ensure our pupils are not exposed to inappropriate political or controversial messages. Through our pursuit to develop exemplary citizens, we promote fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. In line with this, we ensure all expressed views and actions contrary to these values are challenged. We are alert to the indicators of radicalisation and take steps to protect those who may be susceptible to messages of violence. All concerns are reported and, where necessary, referred to external agencies.