We fully recognises our responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children at school. We recognise that children have a right to feel secure and cannot learn effectively unless they do so. Parents, carers and other people can harm children either by direct acts or failure to provide proper care or both. Children may suffer neglect, emotional, physical or sexual abuse or a combination of such types of abuse. All children have a right to be protected from abuse. Whilst the school will work openly with parents as far as possible, the school reserves the right to contact Children’s Social Care or the Police, without notifying parents if this is in the child’s best interests.
Wildern’s role as a school
- School staff are particularly important as they are in a position to identify concerns early and provide help for children, to prevent concerns from escalating
- Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. We recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children.
- We make every effort to provide a safe and welcoming environment underpinned by a culture of openness where both children and adults feel secure, able to talk and believe that they are being listened to.
- We maintain an attitude of “it could happen here” where safeguarding is concerned.
- All students in our school are able to talk to any member of staff to share concerns or talk about situations which are giving them worries. The staff will listen to the student, take their worries seriously and share the information with the safeguarding lead.
- In addition, we provide students with information of who they can talk to outside of school both within the community and with local or national organisations who can provide support or help.
Safeguarding legislation and government guidance says that 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
The school adheres to the following three DFE safeguarding documents:
- Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015
- Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016
- The Prevent Duty 2015
The Designated Safeguarding Leads at Wildern are:
- Miss Litton - Headteacher
- Mrs Oakley – Associate Headteacher
- Mr Mann - Deputy Headteacher
- Mr Porteous - Senior Leader for Learning
- Mrs Thomas – Head of Student Services
Our Safeguarding Policy is reviewed on an annual basis.
Should you have a safeguarding concern please contact the safeguarding team at firstname.lastname@example.org
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