About Us / Safeguarding

The School’s key policies, procedures and summary documents are developed in line with statutory guidance, ISI regulatory requirements, Local Authority requirements and best practice. A number of these policies are available to parents and visitors to this website on the Policies Page.

Self-reflection

The school’s key policies, procedures and summary documents are developed in line with statutory guidance, ISI regulatory requirements, Local Authority requirements and best practice. Several of these have been shared with other independent schools via the independent schools’ sub-group of the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board as well as HR networks:

  • In 2014-15 a leading-edge safeguarding audit tool was developed by the school’s Safeguarding Governor in collaboration with the school’s DSLs, Head of HR and Marilyn Hodges. Marilyn Hodges is an independent consultant for education and children’s services. She previously worked for many years for Kent County Council as Director for Strategy, Policy and Performance for Children, Families and Education.
  • A new system has been developed and implemented for the monitoring of informal concerns and informal complaints to promote transparency and accountability.

Outreach

  • St Paul’s hosted a successful seminar on 4 November 2014, in collaboration with the LADO and the LSCB, for all independent schools within the area covered by the Richmond and Kingston Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards.
  • St Paul’s hosted and delivered a successful set of seminars to feeder prep schools (over 40 attended) on safeguarding governance, safer recruitment and safeguarding and child protection training.

Staff Training

Safeguarding and Child Protection training

  • All members of staff are trained to Level 2 in Safeguarding and Child Protection. Training is updated regularly, in line with LSCB requirements.
  • All members of the school’s Senior Management Team, Boarding House staff, the Head of Human Resources and Chief Operating Officer are trained to Level 3 in Safeguarding and Child Protection.
  • Members of the Executive and recruiting Heads of Department are trained in Safer Recruitment and Safer Termination.
  • All Governors are trained in Child Protection.
  • The Chair and Vice-Chair of Governors are trained in the management of allegations against members of staff.

Safeguarding induction training

  • A best practice, in-house induction training strategy has been developed and implemented to train all staff on appointment in safe working and safeguarding. All staff now receive this training before or on their first day of work. All vetted volunteers also receive training in safeguarding before commencement of volunteering. eSafety training is also given prior to or on the first day of employment.
  • Induction processes for all staff include: safeguarding and child protection induction and Level 2 training; eSafety.
  • There is a Professional Studies Programme for all new staff and PGCE students, which focuses on promoting exemplary professional standards, including in the provision of pastoral care, awareness and practice of health and safety, and risk assessment (including on school trips).

Pastoral Continuous Professional Development of Staff

  • Annual training for the role of pastoral tutoring has recently been reviewed and enhanced.
  • A number of in-service training sessions have been delivered to all teaching staff and pastoral tutors in the last 12 months on the issues of: teenage depression and mental health issues; eating disorders and self-harm; recognising and tackling homophobic language, attitudes and bullying; eSafety and safeguarding the Web 3.0 generation; child sexual exploitation; private fostering.

Pupil Education

  • In September 2014, the school appointed an Assistant PSCHE Co-ordinator to develop, implement and monitor the provision of a ‘beacon’ safeguarding education programme for pupils through the school’s PSCHE courses and assembly programme.
  • Alison Havey and Deanna Pucio, founders of the RAP Project, were invited to speak to all members of the Fifth Form and Lower Eighth at St Paul’s on the subjects of: teenage relationships; the issue of consent; abusive relationships (including rape); the legalities and risks involved in sexting and viewing hard-core pornography.

Listening to pupils

  • Supplementary to the vertical tutor system, where pupils meet with a pastoral tutor each day, pupils at St Paul’s also benefit from the school’s in-house counselling service, led by Professor Robert Bor, one of the most senior psychologists in the UK.
  • The first ever safeguarding-focused survey of pupils within the independent sector, developed by St Paul’s School in collaboration with the NFER and Marilyn Hodges, was rolled out in September. Subsequently, all St Paul’s pupils and staff have been surveyed on the issue of homophobic language and attitudes. A further survey of senior pupils took place, in collaboration with a researcher at Birkbeck College, considering the impact of family relationships on pupil well-being.
  • New teaching and support staff appraisal systems have been developed to include seeking feedback directly from pupils on teachers, pastoral tutors and boarding house staff.

Site Security and Pupil Safety

  • All staff are subject to a best practice list of appropriate vetting checks prior to and during employment, including: enhanced DBS and barred list; NCTL’s prohibited list; certificates of good conduct and immigration checks; verification of professional qualifications; references from previous and most recent employers.
  • A rolling programme has been implemented for renewing DBS checks every three years for all staff.
  • The school’s Single Central Register includes details of safeguarding training, risk assessments, etc.
  • On-site security has been enhanced with the adoption of new visitor protocols, including leading-edge photo-ID badge production software, to enable all visitors and contractors to be photo-ID’d.
  • Leading-edge monitoring software packages, Impero and NetClean, have been procured and implemented. Protocols have been developed for monitoring and reporting.
  • A leading-edge system for the monitoring, reporting and review of data on sports injuries in rugby has been developed and is ready for implementation.
  • A poster campaign (including intranet advertising) has been introduced, led by DSLs in collaboration with pupils, to highlight the availability of support systems within, as well as outside, school: school counsellors, tutors, Undermasters, DSL/Deputy DSL, ChildLine.