Safeguarding is defined as protecting children from maltreatment, preventing impairment of health and/or development, ensuring that children grow up in the provision of safe and effective care and taking action to enable all children to have the best life chances.
Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. This includes child protection procedures which detail how to respond to concerns about a child.
Medway is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and
expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
This means that we have a Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and procedures in place which are adhered to by all staff (including supply staff, volunteers and governors) who must ensure that they are aware of these procedures. (Parents and carers are welcomed and encouraged to read the policy)
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is:
Mr Steven Williams (Headteacher)
Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSLs) are:
Mrs Rehana Miah (Deputy head)
Mrs Sarah Niner (Deputy Head – Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)
Ms Sian Elton (Assisstant Head)
Our Safeguarding governors are
Mr Michael Berriman
Mrs Mary Montgomery
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 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 one of the DSLs in confidence, who will refer the matter to the Head teacher (or the Chair of Governors if the concern relates to the Head teacher) – who will consider what action to take.
Our Safeguarding Governors are happy to be contacted if there is an issue you feel can't be dealt with by the school Designated Safeguarding Leads
Micheal Berriman - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Montgomery - email@example.com
You can contact any of our Safeguarding Team on 0116 4544811
Alternatively, if the child is in immediate danger or is not a pupil at the school please contact Leicester City Children's Services on 0116 4541004 or the police.
Our commitment to Safeguarding does not stop just because it's the school holidays. Please use the contact form below to alert us to any Child Protection issues you need support with. One of our team is on hand throughout the weekends and school holidays to ensure Safeguarding remains paramount for our children and families. We will get back to you as soon as possible.
However this is not an emergency contact. If you have an immediate concern and feel that a child is at risk of significant harm or danger please contact the police. You can also contact Leicester City Council Children's Social Care and Early Help who will be able to offer further advice and guidance.
They can be contacted on (0116) 4541004.