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The arrangements for safeguarding are effective. The school is thorough and methodical in making sure that all appropriate checks are carried out to ensure that all staff and volunteers are safe to work with pupils. All staff understand their role in keeping pupils safe and they are vigilant and rigorous in working with external agencies to follow up any concerns. Pupils know what to do, and who to approach, should they have any concerns around their safety. (Ofsted 2018)

Ifield Community College is committed to safeguarding, promoting the welfare and safety of all students. We want to make sure all our students are safe in school, at home, on line and in the community. We strive to ensure that consistent and effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, students and staff at school. Our staff have an important role, working together with parents and guardians, to ensure that our students are safe and secure and to promote their personal safety and wellbeing.

We have policies and procedures in place to deal effectively with child protection and safeguarding issues, which include tackling radicalisation and extremism, together with recording and monitoring processes. All our staff have received Prevent training. All staff undertake relevant safeguarding training when they start at the school and receive updates as appropriate. The training is monitored and comprehensive records kept by the DMS.

Downloadable PDF files:

ICC Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

Keeping Child Safe in Education 2019 

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019 Part 1 Information for all school and college staff.

Information sharing

As a part of our commitment to safeguarding students we may share relevant information with other professionals in accordance with the statutory guidance 

All concerns are passed through members of staff who are trained as ‘Designated Child Protection Officers’ in school in compliance with the HM ‘sharing of information’ guidance July 2018. Staff are required to report any causes of concern to the school safeguarding team. Referrals are logged and monitored to make sure that they are followed up appropriately.

ICC is in partnership with Sussex Police working on Operation Encompass, this has been designed to provide early reporting to schools of any domestic abuse incidents that occur in which a child was present, ordinarily resides at the incident location or with an involved party. We know that children can be significantly affected through witnessing or being exposed to domestic abuse. 

A nominated member of school staff, known as a Key Adult, will be trained to liaise with the police. At Ifield Community College our key adults will be Mr K Laundon and Miss R Baverstock. We will be able to use the information that has been shared with us, in confidence, to sign post to appropriate help or ensure the relevant pastoral support is available should it be required by a child and /or their family.

We ensure the best support available to our students and we believe this is extremely beneficial for all those involved. 

Safer Recruitment

To promote a safe environment for students, Ifield Community College employs a strict selection and recruitment policy which includes all statutory checks on staff and regular volunteers including Enhanced DBS (disclosure and barring service) checks.

Reporting Safeguarding Concerns

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children (those under 18) is everyone’s responsibility. This means that you may have a role to play in identifying concerns, no matter how small including the sharing of relevant information.

You can email in confidence to:

If you have any concerns about your child, another student or a member of staff at Ifield Community College please contact:

The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Mr K Laundon (Assistant Headteacher)

The Deputy Safeguarding Lead Miss R Baverstock (Senior Pastoral Manager) 

who will be able to provide you with the best advice and help using the appropriate degree of confidentiality.

Website links: 

Keeping children safe in education 2019

Working together in to safeguard children

Prevent Duty 

Prevent Duty Guidance

See our useful links for guidance and resources.

Safeguarding Team

Click to view If in Doubt DO Information Sheet.

Mr K Laundon

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Assistant Headteacher

Miss R Baverstock

Deputy Safeguarding Lead

Senior Pastoral Manager
Mrs E Murphy - Dunn Assistant Principal

Miss V Wilson Year 7 Progress Leader
Miss C Woodman Year 8 Progress Leader
Mr J Dale Year 9 Progress Leader
Ms P Hurrell Year 10 Progress Leader
Miss S Fitt Joint Year 11 Progress Leader
Miss T McThredder Joint Year 11 Progress Leader
Mrs G Clarke Year 10 Pastoral Manager
Mrs A Paddington Year 9 Pastoral Manager
Mrs J Lambert Sixth Form Pastoral Manager
Mr D Giacomelli Year 7 Pastoral Manager

The Designated member of staff (DMS) is Mr K Laundon, AHT Behaviour and Safety. The Progress Leaders are also trained in Child Protection. 

Fire and Safeguarding Guidance for Adults Visiting or Working with us