Safeguarding

Long Close School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection Policy which can be viewed here.

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies, when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.

We actively support the Government’s Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism.

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Mrs Sarah Harris (Head of Junior School), Mr. McCarthy (Head of Senior School) and Mrs. Paula Reynolds (Head of Nursery). Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL) is Mr. Gavin Larcombe (Creative Arts Director), Mrs. Letitia Powell (Assistant Head of Teaching & Learning) and Mrs. Nina Bhamra (Deputy Nursery Manager).

  • Mental Health Lead: Miss Letitia Powell
  • Prevent Officer: Mr Gavin Larcombe
  • Upper School DSL & Data Protection Officer: Mr David McCarthy
  • Looked After Children (LAC): Mrs Sarah Harris

The Slough Children’s Services Trust (SCST) can be contacted on 01753 475111 or visit http://www.scstrust.co.uk/

Contact numbers for all Berkshire and Slough are available through following this link http://berks.proceduresonline.com/

Photographs and Videos

Whilst lots of parents and carers really enjoy seeing photos and videos of their children’s school life we are very mindful of our duty of care towards all our pupils. We take the issue of safeguarding very seriously and this includes the use of photographic and video images.

Any photographs or videos taken by parents, carers and relatives at school productions, sports days or other events are for the enjoyment of individual families. They must not be used in any way that could potentially place a child at risk. This would include publishing images in any form of print or on the internet including social networking sites. This is emphasized before concerts and shows etc. and where practical a record of parents and relatives taking photographs or videos is made.

We understand that in exceptional circumstances a parent or carer may not wish their child to be photographed or videoed in this way. If this is the case we ask all parents to complete a Media Consent form before the child starts school.

Occasionally, the local press will be invited to take photographs of school events and special achievements. We like to use photographs of our children on our website, in school documents, for parent information meetings, newsletters and on our display screens around the school. If you do not wish photographs of your child to be used for these purposes, then please ensure your media consent form is returned to the school office.