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Safeguarding

"Every student should be and feel safe"

At West Heath School, we believe that all students are entitled to be treated with dignity, courtesy and respect regardless of their age, race, gender or ability and will not tolerate any behaviour that is abusive to our students, whether it occurs at school and involves school staff or another student or has happened at the student's home or within another service or area of the student's life.

We are committed to actively enable our students to learn and achieve. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of each student, plays a really important part in helping our students achieve positive outcomes.

Our statutory duty relating to safeguarding is set out in “Keeping Children Safe in Education” (September 2016) which states:

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as: protecting children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s 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.

  1. Children includes everyone under the age of 18.
  2. Where a child is suffering significant harm, or is likely to do so, action should be taken to protect that child. Action should also be taken to promote the welfare of a child in need of additional support, even if they are not suffering harm or are at immediate risk.

Keeping Children Safe in Education, September 2016, DfE

We take our responsibility to safeguard and promote welfare very seriously, working hard to make sure all of the school’s activities and procedures support and promote safeguarding. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our students who are 18 years and over is equally important to us.

Through our curriculum we teach the children about personal safety, and how to keep themselves safe from harm and promote British values.

There is a strong anti-bullying ethos throughout the school. We teach our students how to recognise bullying, how to keep themselves safe from bullying behaviour and how to report it.

Our curriculum and therapeutic provision provides the opportunity to discuss feelings and emotions and helps our students to think about their own personal safety and their rights as individuals to be kept safe from harm.

We have clear guidance to help children to use the internet (including social media) safely and have appropriate filters in place to prevent students accessing inappropriate materials.

Monitoring

We actively plan internal and external scrutiny of our safeguarding work and procedures.  We self-assess our safeguarding work and the Trustees’ monitor our compliance with statutory safeguarding responsibilities.  Specific trustees have a responsibility for Safeguarding and Whistle Blowing.

Our external partners who monitor and help us develop our safeguarding work are:

  • Independent Standard 20 Visitor
  • Ofsted
  • Independent Service Reviews (Platinum Care)
  • Designated Officer (Kent County Council)
  • Area Safeguarding Advisor (Education – Kent County Council)

Our Designated Safeguarding School Staff are:

Julie Goodyear

Vice Principal Care and Safeguarding (DSL)

Julie Bellamy

Induction and Transition Lead (Deputy DSL)

Jim Nunns

Principal

Nick Oldham

Deputy Principal

David Perridge

Strategic Head of Staff Development

Photini Bohacek

Strategic Head of Key Stage 2 & 3 (Attachment Lead)

Tracey Goodland

Head of Residential Care

Pauline Knutton

Named Safeguarding Trustee