At Barnett Wood Infant School, we recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all pupils. We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice. Child protection forms part of the school’s safeguarding responsibilities.
We have a Safeguarding Policy and procedures in place which can be viewed on our website. All staff (including supply staff, volunteers and governors) must ensure that they are aware of these procedures.
Sometimes, we may have to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child's welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about a pupil are discussed with the child's parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare.
If you are concerned about a child's welfare, please record any observations or conversations that you may have heard and report them to one of our safeguarding leads as soon as possible. Do NOT conduct your own investigation.
If your concerns relate to the actions or behaviour of a member of staff (which would suggest that he or she is unsuitable to work with children) then you should report this to the Headteacher in confidence. If the concern relates to the Headteacher, you should report it to the Chair of Governors, Chris Williamson (firstname.lastname@example.org), who will consider what action should be taken.
Designated Safeguarding Lead
The internet is a wonderful resource, however ensuring our children know how to use the internet safely is paramount. Alongside ongoing teaching in the classroom parents and children can make use of the following resources
ChildLine is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of nineteen. You can contact a ChildLine counsellor about anything - no problem is too big or too small. Call free on 0800 1111, have a 1-2-1 chat online or send an email.
The NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) helps children who have been abused to rebuild their lives, protects children at risk, and finds the best ways of preventing child abuse. For further information, visit http://www.nspcc.org.uk/ or call 0808 800 5000.
E-safety links for children: