At Westdale, safeguarding children is at the heart of everything we do. Our 'Passport to Life' curriculum ensure that children have lifelong learning skills to keep them safe. This can be found in our curriculum section.
The ethos and culture through learning power and our core values means children are taught how to keep themselves and each other safe.
Please see the 'Policies' section of our website, which holds the information around the procedures that keep our pupils safe eg Medicines in School and the Child Protection Policy.
The links below will give you a range of information and advice on lots of safeguarding topics. We are also always here to support you and your child whenever needed so please get in touch of there's anything at all we can do to help.
Helplines and reporting
Children can talk to a ChildLine counsellor 24 hours a day about anything that is worrying them by ringing 0800 11 11 or in an online chat at https://www.childline.org.uk/get-support/1-2-1-counsellor-chat/
Where staff members feel unable to raise an issue with their employer, or feel they have a genuine concern that is not being addressed we acknowledge they may wish to consider whistleblowing channels. Likewise If parents and carers are concerned about their child, they can contact the NSPCC Helpline by ringing 0800 028 028 0295, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The safety and wellbeing of all children and young people is of paramount importance. Parents and carers send their children to school each day with the expectation that the school provides a safe and secure environment in which their children can flourish. We, therefore, have to ensure that this expectation becomes reality. In order to achieve this, a wide range of measures are put into place:
The Governing Body keep these policies under regular review. They ensure the Head Teacher provides termly updates on safeguarding as part of her report to Governors. The Governing Board appoints a named Governor for Child Protection and Looked After Children.
The Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Children Partnership(NSCP)
provides the safeguarding arrangements under which the safeguarding partners and relevant agencies work together to coordinate their safeguarding services.
The partnership is responsible for identifying and responding to the needs of children in Nottinghamshire, commissioning and publishing local child safeguarding practice reviews and providing scrutiny to ensure the effectiveness of the safeguarding arrangements. The NSCP provides interagency safeguarding children procedures and guidance as well as a programme of multi-agency training including e-learning, workshops and seminars.
Safeguarding children and young people is everyone’s responsibility.
Should you have any concerns about a child you can contact MASH:
Safeguarding children - Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
If you think a child is at risk of abuse, please report this to us via our form. If you have urgent concerns for a child, or suspect that a child has been abused in any way, please call us immediately on 0300 500 80 80. If you require an urgent response outside of working hours (08:30-17:00), contact the Emergency Duty Team (EDT) on 0300 456 4546. In an emergency call 999. To report a crime call 101.
Or you can contact the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO): 0300 123 2044