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Safeguarding Statement

SAFEGUARDING OVERVIEW

At Westfield Primary School we understand that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. All members of staff, including teaching and support staff receive annual safeguarding training.

This covers all areas in the DFE document, 'Keeping Children Safe in Education' (updated September 2018) – including the Prevent Strategy, FGM and Child Sexual Exploitation

We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued and feel confident to talk if they are worried, believing they will be effectively listened to. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice.

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Mrs Julia Findlay – (Inclusion Leader). Email:inclusionleader@westfield.surrey.sch.uk. Telephone: 01483 764187.

Our Deputy Safeguarding Leads are:

Mrs Karyn Hing (Headteacher). Email:head@westfield.surrey.sch.uk. Telephone: 01483 764187.

Miss Francesca Cave (Deputy Head). Email:deputy@westfield.surrey.sch.uk. Telephone: 01483 764187.

Miss Stephanie Lee (Children’s Support Manager). Email: csm@westfield.surrey.sch.uk. Telephone: 01483 764187

Miss Philippa Goddard ( Maternity cover Children's Support Manager) Email: csm@westfield.surrey.sch.uk. Telephone: 01483 764187

Mrs Joanna Phillips (Assistant Head). Email:mrsphillips@westfield.surrey.sch.uk. Telephone: 01483 764187

Mrs Claire Lee ( Year 3 Teacher) Email:mrslee@westfield.surrey.sch.uk. Telephone: 01483 764187

The Governor with responsibility for safeguarding in our school is Mrs Janet Dunn. Email:info@westfield.surrey.sch.uk. Telephone: 01483 764187

Our DSL’s attend regular training to keep up to date with all issues relating to child protection and safeguarding.  We follow the Surrey Safeguarding Children Board procedures and the School has tight procedures that record issues that relate to child protection. We work with an array of agencies including Children’s Services, the School Nurse and the Police. Additional updates and training are given to staff as needed throughout the year. 

 Vetting Procedures:

All members on the school staff have to have a DBS check (Disclosure and Barring Service) in order to work in school. This is regardless of the employee’s role so that cleaners, admin staff as well as teachers must all be checked. In addition all volunteers and anybody else who has regular contact with children are checked. Visitors to the school either provide their own DBS on arrival or are members of professional bodies who are registered by their employer, such as OFSTED inspectors or Local Authority Employees who have a DBS through their own professional body. Any one off visitor, such as a visiting author either provides their own DBS or signs one of the school’s Occasional Visitors’ forms. Parents who help out occasionally on school trips sign a Occasional Visitors’ form.

Risk Assessments:

Whilst we cannot remove risk, we look at ways of minimising that risk. These risk assessments are undertaken on areas such as classrooms, halls, playground and the car park. We carry out risk assessments for all school trips including our annual Year 6 residential trip. Risk assessments may be carried out for individuals who require some reasonable adjustments to support their learning and behaviour. This means that whist we cannot remove risk we have looked at ways of minimising that risk. These risk assessments are undertaken on areas such as classrooms, halls, playground and the car park. We carry out risk assessments for all school trips including our annual Year 6 residential trip.

Security:

Access to the school grounds, both for vehicles and pedestrians is via security gates. Staff have access to the gates by key codes and key fobs. Visitors can only gain access by gate release authorised by Office staff. All fire exits are either twist lock or bar push exits.

Equality:

The school has an Equality policy that monitors any possible discrimination in the school in relation to any of the nine protected characteristics (Equality Act 2010). The School also makes annual returns on any racist incidents.

Westfield Primary School Safeguarding Children Statement

At Westfield Primary School the Health and Safety of all children is of paramount importance. Parents send their children to school each day with the expectation that our school provides a secure environment in which their children can flourish through our vision of Engage - Enrich - Excel. We therefore have to ensure that this expectation becomes reality.

Further information is contained within our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy, a copy of which is available on this website.

If you are concerned about a child’s welfare, please record your concern, and any observations or conversation heard, and report to one of the DSLs as soon as possible on the same day. Do NOT conduct your own investigation.

The Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) can be contacted on 0300 470 9100 or out of hours on 01483 517898, email csmash@surreycc.gov.uk.

If you would like some advice on how to keep your child safe on line please see:

NSPCC Online Safety

or

NSPCC Share Aware

NSPCC Underwear Rule:

Underwear Rule Parents' Guide

Underwear Rule Childrens' Guide

Thinking of leaving your child at home?

Law on leaving your child home alone (Gov.uk)

Are you worried about Sexting? Follow the link below:

Sexting information sheet

OTHER USEFUL SITES:

NSPCC: E-mail: help@nspcc.org.uk. or  telephone: 0808 80050000

CHILDLINE: Telephone: 08001111

PACE: (Parents against child exploitation) Tel: 0113 240 3040

ONE IN FOUR (Advocacy service, counselling service and information service for those who have experiences sexual abuse.)