All staff employed by the school are required to read and understand Part 1 of Keeping Children Safe in Education (current edition). Understanding is promoted through formal and informal training and through strands of this statutory guidance being woven into policy documents which underpin the work of staff and which are available to them at all times electronically in Fronter and in hard copy in the school staffroom.
Safeguarding legislation and government guidance states 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
Safeguarding includes Child Protection, Health Care Plans, Health and Safety, Site security, safety on school trips, anti-bullying work, promoting positive mental health and so much more. Recently the government has recognised the vital part that schools can play within the ‘Prevent’ agenda and staff have undertaken training on anti-radicalisation and extremism. Other recent specific training for Child Protection team members has included training about Female Genital Mutilation and three members of the team have the Mental Health First Aid qualification. The school works very closely with the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service within North East London Foundation Trust (NHS), with LB Waltham Forest Early Help and has a Safer Schools Police Officer attached to the school. This is all part of safeguarding.
The Child Protection team consists of:
Mrs C Smith (extension 242)
Mr N Taylor (extension 249)
Mrs K Hall (extension 239)
Ms A Davis (extension 254)
Mr D Taborda (extension 233)
Mr G Jenkins (extension 250)
Ms E Heaton (extension 244)
Mr C Millan (extension 288)
Ms R Tickner (extension 282)
Mrs S Goldstone (extension 245)
Mrs G. Holmes (extension 286)
Ms D Goodman (extension 404)
Ms L Ashen (extension 266)
Mrs P Daniels (extension 406)
These policies are reviewed regularly.
All staff receive annual Child Protection and Safeguarding update training and are aware of the procedures for passing on concerns within school, although they also understand that they have a duty to report safeguarding concerns themselves if no member of the team is available. The school works closely with a range of external services to support pupils at risk of significant harm and those who need support in less critical circumstances over a period of time in order to thrive. These agencies include Children’s Social Care, Police, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 722 Drug Dependency, hospitals and family GPs, although this list isn’t exhaustive.
If any members of the school or local community have concerns about the welfare of a child in the school, please pass them on. You can do this directly by phoning the Multi Agency Support Hub (MASH) on 020 8496 2310. There is also an out of hours number - 0208 496 3000).