At Woodcote Primary School, we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in all circumstances and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
We ensure that we:
- practise safer recruitment in checking the suitability of staff and volunteers to work with children
- equip the children with the skills needed to keep themselves safe
- establish a safe environment in which children can learn and develop in confidence and independence
- work within the school’s Safeguarding Policy (based on the Croydon model)
The Safeguarding Policy has clear procedures in place, which all staff and volunteers are aware of. Parents and carers are able to read the Policy on our policy page and are free to discuss issues surrounding policy and practice with the Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher or Chair of Governors.
All staff having safeguarding training annually, and all new starters are given a full safeguarding induction.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies where there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns are discussed with the parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.
Our Designated Persons for Safeguarding are:
Mrs Natalie Conway, Mrs Caroline Cox, Miss Joanna Garlick, Mrs Claire Baldock
Our Governor responsible for Safeguarding is:
Mrs Margaret Misson
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 Designated Persons as soon as possible on the same day. Do NOT conduct your own investigation.
If your concerns relate to the actions or behaviour of a member of staff (which could suggest that s/he is unsuitable to work with children) then you should report this to the headteacher, and if your concern is regarding the headteacher this should be reported to the Chair of Governors.