At Western Downland CE VA Primary School, we regard the safeguarding of children as our main priority. We believe that we all have the right to be happy, to be safe and to learn. We all have the responsibility to make this happen.
Members of Staff Responsible
We are all responsible for ensuring that each child remains safe, however Alice Tubbs is the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) with Hannah Mace and Jackie Miller as deputies. All have received DSL training from Hampshire County Council and attend refresher training.
What does a DSL do?
The role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead was specified in the Children Act and ensured that every organisation had a “named person” for safeguarding children and young people. Prior to that, the role had frequently been known as the Child Protection Officer. The Designated Safeguarding Lead has a responsibility at both a strategic level within the organisation and on a day-to-day basis.
Key Aspects of the Designated Lead role includes:
- Making sure all staff are aware how to raise safeguarding concerns
- Ensuring all staff understand the symptoms of child abuse and neglect
- Referring any concerns to social care
- Monitoring children who are the subject of child protection plans
- Maintaining accurate and secure child protection records
Staff are trained in child protection issues and they are aware of the procedures to follow. Staff training is delivered via a variety of means: face to face in and out of school training, online refreshers and information raising, document sharing and on-going professional dialogues during staff meetings. Staff are encouraged to be vigilant in order to maintain the safety of our children and their concerns are discussed and handled appropriately.
We follow strict procedures to ensure that everyone who works with our children is vetted, keeping our children as safe as possible. At least one senior member of staff is qualified in Safer Recruitment Procedures and governors responsible for recruitment.
E-Safety is a key aspect of our duty to keep children safe – both inside and outside of school. Take a look at our e-safety policy within our ‘Policies’ section for further detail, but for parents and carers there is a wealth of online information which can be accessed in order to help to keep children safe online.
Below are some useful links which can provide useful and impartial information.
If you have any concerns outside of school hours, or feel it more appropriate to make a referral to Social Services directly, please contact Hampshire Children’s Services 0300 555 1384.
See below for our key safeguarding documents.