Safeguarding

“Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined for the purposes of this guidance as: protecting children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s mental and physical health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.“ – KCSIE

At Westcroft School we are committed to safeguarding children and young people and we expect everyone who works in our school to share this commitment.

Adults in our school take all welfare concerns seriously and encourage children and young people to talk to us about anything that may worry them.

Communication with Parents

Our school will always discuss concerns with parents/carers and consent for any referrals should be sought unless to do so would:

  • Place the child at risk of significant harm or further risk of significant harm.
  • Place a vulnerable adult at risk of harm.
  • Compromise any enquiries that need to be undertaken by children’s social care or the police.

The school will endeavour to ensure that parents have an understanding of the responsibilities placed on the school and staff for safeguarding children.

In the best interests of safeguarding children there may be occasions when the school has to consult with other agencies without a parent or carer’s prior knowledge. Our first concern and responsibility is the child’s welfare and we have a duty to protect children first and always. Such consultation may result in a formal referral which could prompt visits from social care and/or the police. We fully understand that this can be a very distressing set of circumstances. Our school will follow the procedures required by Wolverhampton Safeguarding Together.

Our school will employ the services of an interpreter if required.

Useful Websites

Wolverhampton Safeguarding Together Board

 

NSPCC
Child Exploitation
Child Abuse
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
ForwardUK (FGM)
Government Information
Preventing Radicalisation

Safeguarding Contacts

Name Role Telephone
Miss J Slym Designated Safeguarding Lead 01902 558346
Miss H Andrioli Deputy DSL 01902 558350
Mrs S Harper Deputy DSL 01902 558350
Mrs E Moody Deputy DSL 01902 558350
Mr N Lomas E-Safety Lead 01902 558351