Willowfield School has a statutory duty to assist the local authority social services department (and the Metropolitan Police) acting on behalf of children in need or inquiring into allegations of child abuse.
The school also has a pastoral responsibility towards its students and recognises that they have a right to be protected from harm. This policy sets out how the school will help to protect children from abuse.
All staff, (including those from external agencies working in the school and volunteers) have a full and active part to play in protecting our students from harm. Staff and visitors are asked to acknowledge this by providing the school with a signed copy of our ‘Safeguarding Summary’ which is kept on file.
As an integral part of this policy all parents/carers are made aware of the responsibilities of staff members with regard to child protection procedures. This is done through the school prospectus and on the school web site. A copy of the full policy is available to parents on request or by clicking the links below.
To raise the awareness of all staff of the need to safeguard children and of their responsibilities in identifying and reporting possible cases of abuse.
To provide a systematic means of monitoring children known or thought to be at risk of harm.
To develop a structured procedure within the school, which will be followed by all members of the school community in cases of suspected abuse.
To ensure that all adults within our school who have access to children have been checked as to their suitability.
To ensure that the school governors can monitor the implementation of this policy in a robust and rigorous way.
- Our school procedures for safeguarding children will be in line with The London Children’s Board Procedures 5th edition, and “Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015)”. We will ensure that:
- The school will have a fully trained designated member of staff responsible for the co-ordination of child protection procedures within the school and liaison with external agencies.
- The teacher currently with designated responsibility is Ms G Preater (Achievement Director). In the absence of the designated teacher the Headteacher will act on her behalf.