Safeguarding our students
Every child has the right to be treated with dignity and respect – to be free from abuse and neglect. Brentwood County High School has established formal procedures, following recommended guidelines, to safeguard our students from harm, neglect or abuse and ensure our students are provided with safe and effective care that enables them to have the best outcomes.
Brentwood County High School takes safeguarding our students very seriously. We follow safer recruiting procedures and all our staff and governors are regularly trained on Safeguarding matters so they are equipped to identify and act on any concerns relating to:
- Racist, disability, homophobic and transphobic abuse
- Radicalisation and extremist behaviour
- Child sexual exploitation
- Substance misuse
- Gang activities and youth violence
- Domestic violence, sexual exploitation, FGM and forced marriage
Whilst concerns on any of these areas are extremely rare at BCHS, we are a telling school and provide many different mechanisms for pupils, their friends, family and community to report any concerns.
Any concerns about actual or potential harm, neglect or abuse will be treated with a high degree of sensitivity so that a child at risk will be protected. The nominated person with responsibility for setting procedures in motion if child abuse is suspected or reported is Dave Richardson, Deputy Headteacher. Mr Richardson is supported in this role by Janette Ballantyne, the Headteacher's PA, and Michelle Bush, School Data Manager. All Safeguarding matters remain under the overall responsibility and leadership of the headteacher.
From time to time students participate in school events and, because of our success, photographs are taken. These are used both in school publications and the local press. If you do not want your child to be photographed please inform the school in writing.