Safeguarding at The Cumberland School
The Cumberland School takes very seriously its duty towards all its pupils who have been entrusted to its care and seeks to provide a school environment where all children are safe, secure, valued, respected, and listened to. It is essential that all staff understand their role to play as outlined in the school’s Safeguarding Policy
The Cumberland School understands that our work in safeguarding and protecting children must always have regard for the national guidance issued by the Secretary of State and should be in line with local guidance and procedures.
We understand the term Safeguarding to mean that we will take all reasonable measures to ensure that the risk of harm to children’s welfare is minimised. We also understand that where we have any concerns about a child’s welfare we will take all appropriate action to address those concerns by working in full partnership with other agencies.
A safeguarding concern can arise if there is a concern for the child’s welfare or safety under any of the following categories;
- Physical Abuse
- Emotional Abuse
- Sexual Abuse (including Female Genital Mutilation)
- Child sexual exploitation
- Concerns around Radicalisation (see separate Anti-Radicalisation Policy)
All staff at The Cumberland School believe that a range of other school policies are central to many aspects of the school’s Safeguarding Policy, for example:
- Behaviour Management and Physical Intervention
- Health & Safety
- Safer Recruitment
- Safe Working Practices for Staff and Volunteers
- Anti-Radicalisation Policy
Our Safeguarding policy is written with due regard to the national guidance “Keeping Children Safe in Education” (2015) published by the Department for Children Schools and Families in March 2015, the “Working Together to Safeguard Children” (March 2015) and the “Counter-Terrorism and Security Act” (2015) published by HM Government in June 2015 and these will be reviewed each time any subsequent guidance is issued by the Secretary of State.
Our school procedures for safeguarding children will always be compliant with the London Child Protection Procedures produced by the London Safeguarding Children Board. Those procedures which have been adopted by the Newham Local Safeguarding Children Board are available from:
Anyone with safeguarding concerns regarding anyone within The Cumberland School’s Community should contact our Safeguarding Team:
Lead Safeguarding Officer
Senior Learning Mentor
Family Support Worker
Family Support Worker
Anti-Radicalisation Advice for Parents
For advice and guidance on the threats posed by radicalisation and extremism please follow the link below.
Keeping Children Safe Online
The online world is integral to how children stay in touch with their friends, and access to the internet is now available like never before. However, there are inherent risks associated with new technologies and it is essential for young people and their parents/carers to understand how to reduce these risks.
Below are a number of links to different websites which give advice to parents/carers and young people on how to stay safe online. Please take some time to look through them.
NSPCC have launched their Net Aware app to give parents the tools and knowledge to access advice on the go. This is the only guide for parents where social networking sites and apps aimed at children are rated by parents, helping them make an informed decision about which is most appropriate for their child at different ages.
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre is part of UK law enforcement.
A non-profit organisation working with others to “help make the Internet a great and safe place for children”.
Facebook's own page explaining its privacy settings to users.
A UK based Website offering factual and easy-to-understand information on online safety.
A Guide to Internet safety and safe surfing. The information on the site is targeted at all different age ranges as well as advice for parents / carers and teachers The site is run by CEOP.
Chair of Community Schools Trust Details
Ms Jan Tallis
C/O Forest Gate Community School
London E7 9BB