The College and its staff are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people under our care. We expect all staff, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment.
Our policies create an open environment where staff and pupils feel able to raise concerns in the knowledge that they will be properly listened to, and where support services and other agencies will be involved as and when necessary. Everyone is expected to contribute to creating this culture of safeguarding.
Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL): Alexander Patton
Director of Safeguarding: Elizabeth Cody
Brighton College Prep School
Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL): Jonno Melia
Our commitment to safeguarding
The school will ensure that the welfare of children is given paramount consideration when developing and delivering all school activities:
- All children, regardless of age, gender, ability, culture, race, language, religion or sexual identity, have equal rights to protection: to feel safe, secure, valued, respected and confident, and know how to approach adults if they are facing difficulties.
- It is everyone's responsibility to safeguard, protect and promote the welfare of children as part of their professional duties.
- Indeed, everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children.
- All staff have an equal responsibility to act, in accordance with the Safeguarding Policy and procedures and KCSIE, on any suspicion, concern or disclosure that may suggest a child is in need of support services or is at risk of significant harm. The full version of KCSIE is available to all staff via the school intranet.
- The safety of a child is of the utmost importance, overriding any additional concerns, for example, relating to data protection or fears of sharing information.
The school's safeguarding policy will be reviewed at least annually by the Governing Body, unless events or regulatory changes require a more frequent review.
Our safeguarding policies and procedures are consistent with the Brighton and Hove local authority procedures, and the DSL and Governing Body use the local authority audit tool to review policy and practice in the school every year.