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Safeguarding


Safeguarding underpins the whole ethos of our work at Bridge House and is paramount above all else.  Concerns about child abuse will be taken seriously and acted upon immediately.


Rigorous recruitment and vetting procedures are in place and will ensure the suitability of staff working at Bridge House follow the DfE welfare requirements with regards to Disclosure & Baring Service, Independent Safeguarding Authority registration and references.


Procedures are in place for identifying and reporting concerns, or suspected cases of abuse.


Bridge House will provide a safe environment in which pupils feel valued, can learn and develop and are encouraged to talk and be listened to.  We work within the guidelines set out by the local authority on child protection issues.


Bridge House will notify the Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children’s Board and the ISA of any matter affecting the well-being of a child and in the event of an allegation being made against a member of staff.


Bridge House will fully cooperate with any investigation where an allegation is made against a member of staff.  We may follow our disciplinary procedure, depending on the result of an investigation.


The School’s nominated person for safeguarding is Carl Smith and is further supported by Julie Smith, Kay Hardstaff and Jacky Gray who have also completed the designated teachers training through the LSCB.  This is in line with best practise to support concerns by gender led practitioners.  


Advice and concerns regarding safeguarding children should be directed to:


Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children’s Board Customer Service Centre:


Office Hours Tel:                             01522 782111

Out of Hours Tel:                             01522 782333

Lincolnshire Police:                          101/999

Independent Safeguarding Authority:  01325 953 795.


To read our full Safeguarding policy please visit the policies page