Safeguarding is the central part of Marlborough College’s ‘duty of care’ to protect and promote the welfare of children.
In its broadest sense it encompasses:
- Pastoral Care
- Quality of staff recruitment; induction, professional training, support, conduct…
- Curriculum – appropriate and enriching
- A safe built environment and campus security
- Behaviour management; rules and sanctions
- Health and Safety, including trips and expeditions
- Good food, healthy lifestyles, medical care…
- Operating procedures and policies – Countering Bullying, Medical Care, Supervision, ICT Policy and others
- Arrangements for visitors, speakers, vounteers
- Managing complaints, allegations, when things go wrong…
- Child Protection, Children in Need, early intervention
And much else besides. Good schools ‘do’ safeguarding in all that they do; it means wanting the best outcomes for pupils and being proactive (as adult staff) in achieving them.
Our aspiration, which is shared by all staff and volunteers, is to be an outstanding school, where safeguarding is the thread running through all aspects of school life.
To this end we aim:
- To maintain a whole school culture of openness + transparency;
- To encourage vigilance and a sense of shared responsibility for the duty of care to protect children and young people;
- To develop an aspirational approach to pastoral care – aiming to deliver the highest standards of care to pupils: proactive, consistent, individual;
- To never think pupil pastoral care and safeguarding is someone else’s job: Pupils feel safe and supported because the whole school shares this commitment.
The College seeks to develop and improve our safeguarding policies and procedures continuously. We encourage an ‘open culture’ where ANY concern can be raised, however small it may seem, and where all members of the College community can have an input into what is effective safeguarding practice.
The Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy is reviewed annually, in line with key statutory guidance, primarily Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE).
The College works with the Wiltshire Safeguarding Vulnerable People Partnership, and other external statutory agencies, including attending meetings of the Wiltshire Safeguarding Forum. The College contributes to an annual schools’ safeguarding audit carried out by Wiltshire Council.
The Council has oversight of the College’s Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy at its annual Michaelmas Term meeting. In the Lent Term each year, an audit is carried out of how the Policy works in action by the member of Council with responsibility for safeguarding, and the results of this audit are reported to the Council meeting in March.
Any deficiencies or weakness in the College’s Child Protection arrangements, which the College becomes aware of via any means, will be remedied without delay.
If you have any concerns about issues related to safeguarding or child protection, please contact:
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Kate Cayley – Deputy Head (Boarding) 01672 892 523
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Ben Miller – Head of Compliance 07879 478 213
The member of Council with responsibility for safeguarding is:
Penny Cameron Watt
Further information is included in our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy below.