Safeguarding

Safeguarding

“Keeping our pupils, staff and visitors safe is the key element which underpins all our work within the school, and is the overruling factor in all decisions made.”

Stressed Schoolboy Studying In Classroom With Teacher

Lodestar works with some of the community’s more vulnerable children, and is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for students, staff and visitors. We openly promote an environment where students and adults feel confident about sharing any concerns which they may have about their own safety and well-being, or that of others.

We regularly talk to children about what safeguarding is, and how they can let someone know if they are worried about themselves or another person. Our staff are fully trained to deal with both disclosures of safeguarding issues, and concerns about a child.

Our designated safeguarding professionals are in place to ensure all children are protected and supported through safeguarding concerns.

You can download our safeguarding policy from the Policies page.

Concerns about a Child

For visitors/parents/pupils

If you have visited Lodestar, are a parent or pupil, or are a professional working with one of our pupils, and have concerns about Lodestar’s staff or practice, we encourage immediate communication with us. You can contact the Head of Centre directly at head@lodestarschool.org.uk

Occasionally staff may attempt to use an approved strategy that is unsuccessful with a specific child, and often this is a normal and an unavoidable part of offering provision to pupils with challenging barriers. However at Lodestar we pride ourselves on delivering good practice, and as such all concerns regarding methods of practice are fully investigated both internally and where necessary at Trust level.

Should you have serious concerns about the safety or wellbeing of a child in the care of Lodestar, please contact one of the designated safeguarding leads for the school immediately. In an emergency please dial 999.

Annamarie Dack, Head of Lodestar
annamarie.dack@lodestarschool.org.uk
Nikki Bishop, Lodestar Instructor
nikki.bishop@lodestarschool.org.uk

For Staff

As a person working for Lodestar and The Engage Trust you may be the first to realise that there could be something wrong within the establishment. However, you may feel that speaking up would be disloyal to your colleagues or to Lodestar. You may also fear harassment or victimisation. In these circumstances it may be easier to ignore the concern rather than report what may just be a suspicion of malpractice.

Lodestar and Engage Trust are committed to the highest possible standards of openness, integrity and accountability. We expect employees, and others that we deal with, who have serious concerns about any aspect of Lodestar’s work to come forward and voice those concerns.

The Engage Trust Board encourages you to raise serious concerns in the first instance within the establishment rather than overlooking a problem or ‘blowing the whistle’ outside, and  would rather that you raised the matter when it is just a concern rather than waiting for proof . You may wish to refer your concern to your Line Manager, Head of Centre, CEO in the first instance or see below for an alternative option.

If you are a staff member and have a concern, please refer to Whistleblowing Policy at www.engagetrust.org.uk/engage-trust-policies/

The Engage Trust confirms that you can raise your concerns in confidence without fear of victimisation, subsequent discrimination or disadvantage.