Safeguarding

At Oaks International School, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding, irrespective of their position within the school. The safety and wellbeing of pupils at Oaks International School is our number one priority; our aim is to ensure that all children and young people are free to learn in an environment where they are safe from harm, nuisance or abuse.

What is Safeguarding?

Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
Safeguarding means:

  • Protecting children from maltreatment
  • Preventing impairment of children’s health or development
  • Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
  • Taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcome

Safeguarding encompasses child protection, health care plans, health and safety, site security, safety on school trips, mental health, safety online, anti-bullying and so much more.

The school has a dedicated team of staff working to promote safeguarding and child protection.  The school takes the responsibility to remedy any weaknesses in the school’s safeguarding arrangements that are brought to its attention, as well as ensuring that policies, procedures and training are up to date.

Meet our Safeguarding and Welfare Team

  • Mr Nick Rugg, Chairman of Governors, Proprietor
  • Mrs Amanda Gibbard, Acting Head, Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Mrs Angela Spaxman, Bursar and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead including EYFS

Our Safeguarding and Protecting Children Policy

At Oaks International School we take all reasonable action to ensure the safety and welfare of our pupils at all times. The school has adopted a Safeguarding and Protecting Children Policy, in line with guidance from the ECPS (Education Child Protection Service) at Cambridgeshire County Council

The School’s Safeguarding and Protecting Children Policy adheres to the following UK guidance:

  • Keeping Children Safe in Education: for schools and schools (September 2018)
  • Working Together to Safeguard Children (March 2015)
  • The Prevent Duty (June 2015)

A copy of the Oaks International School Safeguarding and Protecting Children Policy can be found here

What do we do?

We want to ensure that your children are safe, happy, healthy, and able to thrive in their educational environment.  Therefore…

  • All staff at the school receive annual safeguarding and child protection training and are aware of the procedures for passing on concerns within the school.
  • The School has 2 Designated Safeguarding Leads, who have received Advanced Level Safeguarding training provided by Cambridgeshire County Council.
  • The School has stringent recruitment and selection procedures in place which include pre-employment vetting checks in order to help deter, reject or identify people who might abuse children. A copy of the School Recruitment Policy can be found here

If you would like to know more about any of our safeguarding procedures, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Mrs Gibbard, Acting Head and Designated Safeguarding Lead at a.gibbard@oischool.co.uk

Resources and Further Reading

Below are some resources that parents and carers may find useful in order to help them keep children safe, whether they’re at home, out and about, or online:

Oaks International

Nursery & Primary

Cherry Hinton Road,
Cambridge CB1 8DW
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 416938