Safeguarding Policy

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children

At St Ives School of Painting we recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and the Trustees, staff and volunteers share this commitment.

This means that we have a Safeguarding Policy and procedures in place. Parents and carers are welcome to read the policy on request.

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 young people are discussed with parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.

St Ives School of Painting has the following in place:

  • A Designated Safeguarding Lead who has overall accountability for safeguarding plus Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads who are the point of contact for children, parents and staff. If you wish to contact Jane Cowans who is the DSL, please email or or call 01736797180.
  • Anyone working at the school who is engaged in regulated activity has an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check every three years and are encouraged to sign up to the Update Service.     
  • Mandatory Safeguarding Training and Induction for staff working with children
  • A Code of Conduct for all staff working at the school
  • Safer recruitment practices
  • Risk assessments and control measures for child activities
  • A culture of listening to children and taking account of their wishes and feelings.
  • Procedures on what to do if we are worried about a child being abused.
  • Procedures in place to handle allegations of abuse against children.
  • Procedures to deal with disclosures from children.
  • Show children the skills they need to help safeguard themselves, including online safety. 
  • Harassment and Bullying Policy in place.
  • Whistleblowing Policy in place.

St Ives School of Painting will also:

  • Regularly monitor the quality of our safeguarding policy, procedures and practices and their impact on outcomes for children.
  • Review policy and procedures at least once every year (although these are continuously reviewed as situations arise) and communicate to staff.