The Roche School is committed to safeguarding its pupils and expects all staff to demonstrate the same behaviour.
Safeguarding is defined by the Department of Education in the following way:
- Protecting children from maltreatment and neglect
- Preventing impairment of children’s health or development
- Ensuring children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
All Roche School staff receive training to ensure they recognise any signs of maltreatment and know how to take appropriate steps if they have any such concerns. It is the responsibility of the school and its wider community to keep children safe from any kind of harm.
Project Tearose is an information sharing agreement between the Metropolitan Police and Wandsworth Borough Schools. The Roche School has signed up to this agreement. If police have responded to a domestic incident and there are children in the family, the officers working on Project Tearose will disclose this incident to the child’s school the following morning (Monday to Friday). The actual content of the information shared is kept to the minimum, i.e. outlining the offence, but without specific details. At each school the information is shared securely with the Designated Safeguarding Leads, and is treated as sensitive and confidential. Research shows that children who are involved or who have witnessed domestic abuse are more at risk of emotional harm and potentially physical harm. The information is shared in order to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the child, and so that support can be offered to the child if necessary. The school is part of the network available to support the family and child.
Click here to download a copy of the Project Tearose document.