Welcome to the La Retraite Safeguarding Page
Here you will be able to find links to our key Safeguarding policies and guidance, including links to other useful sources of information and advice regarding some of the key issues facing children and young people.
At the bottom of the page are contact details of the school’s Safeguarding team to whom we encourage students, parents or members of the public to report any concerns immediately.
We operate robust safeguarding policies and procedures which includes working closely with parents/carers and a range of organisations and professionals to ensure the young people who attend the school are kept safe and supported appropriately during difficult circumstances.
We are fully committed to the safeguarding of students and to provide them with a safe and secure environment. Any action taken by the safeguarding team is done with reference to statutory guidance, professional advice and will always be in the best interests of the child.
Guidance and Advice
Please click here to see our main Child Protection & Safeguarding policy. Use the links below to take you to key safeguarding documents which inform our policy and practice. As a school we are developing key ‘Supporting Students’ policies, these relate to specific issues that we needed particularly protocols and guidance around.
- La Retraite ‘Supporting Students’ Policy: Self-Harm and Suicidal Ideation
- La Retraite 'Peer on Peer Abuse' Policy
- Keeping Children Safe in Education
- Lambeth Safeguarding Children’s Board Threshold Chart
- Young Persons’ Guide to Keeping Children Safe
Please click here to view the letter to parents regarding the OFSTED Review into Peer to Peer Abuse (dated 21 June 2021).
PSHE and Safeguarding
Part of our safeguarding commitment also relates to educating our students about key issues which potentially pose a risk to children and young people. This is primarily done through our Friday morning PSHE curriculum but also through externally delivered workshops and outside speakers. The main aim of all these sessions is to ensure students are able to take care of themselves, and if confronted with an issue, are aware and confident of who can support them and where to go to access that support.
Operation Encompass is a police and education early information sharing partnership enabling schools to offer immediate support for children and young people experiencing domestic abuse.
Information is shared by the police with a school's trained Key Adult (DSL) prior to the start of the next school day after officers have attended a domestic abuse incident thus enabling appropriate support to be given, dependent upon the needs and wishes of the child.
Reporting safeguarding concerns
You can report concerns directly to Social Services or you can contact the following at the school:
The school's Safeguarding Officer is Miss A Pitts. She can be contacted by telephone 020 8673 5644 Ext 187 or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
In her absence please contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead, Ms H Martin, Assistant Headteacher, on 020 8673 5644 Ext 188 or via email at: email@example.com
If you ever have any concerns regarding the conduct of a member of staff which may impact on the safeguarding of a particular student, please contact Mr D Malins, Headteacher, immediately, at: firstname.lastname@example.org