Safeguarding at Whiteheath
Whiteheath Junior School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
All staff are trained in safeguarding when they join the school and this training is updated annually or sooner if necessary. The training ensures staff are aware of the signs to look out for if a child may be being harmed/abused. It also informs them how to deal with the situation and report it appropriately. Similarly children are reminded that they can share information with staff who will always be there to listen and support them.
We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy which can be viewed in the Policies section of our website.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child's welfare. We endeavour to discuss our concerns about our pupils with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the safety of the child. We work closely with Hillingdon Children’s Services and take guidance from them.
We actively support the Government's Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism and staff have received training in this as well. Our Preventing Radicalisation Policy can be viewed in the policies section of our website.
Our Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL) are the Headteacher, Ms Kenny (Head Teacher) and Mrs Ventin (DSL and Pastoral Support Manager). The Deputy Safeguarding Leads are Miss Ovens, Mrs Anwar and Mrs Quantrell (Assistant Head Teachers). The governor responsible for Safeguarding is Mr Edgecombe (Chair of Governors).
Any parent or carer who has concerns about the safety of a child is encouraged to discuss their concern with one of the above named adults. They can also contact Children’s Services anonymously on 01895 556644.