Safeguarding at Heathfield

Its ‘Children First’ at Heathfield Primary and Nursery School and we embrace our role in promoting the welfare of children in our care.

Arrangements for keeping pupils safe are highly effective. Leaders carefully consider particular safeguarding issues which are relevant to the school community. They plan actions which will minimise risk and provide training so that all staff know the signs to look for which may indicate concerns.

Ofsted Report December 2016

We have a large safeguarding team.   These are the members of staff who can be spoken to if anyone has a concern about one of our pupils or families.

Designated Safeguarding Lead:

 Miss Dickens – Head of School – Kersall Drive Campus

DSL Deputies:

 Mr Hicks – Head of School – Scotland Road Campus

 Mrs Dyer – Safeguarding Officer

Ms Papp – Learning Mentor – Scotland Road Campus

Mrs Baker – Learning Mentor – Kersall Drive Campus

Miss Parmiter – Learning Mentor – Kersall Drive Campus

Mr Padley – Assistant Head – Scotland Road

Mr Battison – Assistant Head – Kersall Drive

Each half term the Designated Safeguarding Team meet to discuss any active cases.  It is a shared professional discussion to ensure we, as a school, are contributing to the support in place for our families.  This may involve discussions with other professionals during our attendance at Social Care led meetings.

Mr Fullwood – Executive Headteacher – is also trained as a DSL and acts in a supervision role in our meetings for the DSL and deputies.  His experience is invaluable to advise and challenge all decision making; keeping children at the centre of our decisions and discussions.

Mr Fullwood, Miss Dickens, Mr Hicks and Miss Papp (Governor role)  hold relevant ‘Safer Recruitment’ accreditation.

Link Governors – Pete Cumberland and Clair Taylor are the link governors for Safeguarding and meet regularly with the DSL regarding compliance and updates.  They also use this as an opportunity to gather staff and pupil voice.

Safeguarding Policy

Our School Council approved our child-friendly version of the Safeguarding Policy – Keeping Heathfield Safe