Safeguarding

Safeguarding at Elmwood Junior School

Designated Safety Officers

Mrs Devecioglu – Assistant Head Teacher & Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Read – Head Teacher

Mr Beck – Deputy Head Teacher

Mrs Soar – Deputy Head Teacher & Inclusion Manager

Mrs Kriesler – Assistant Head Teacher & SENCO

Mrs Wilcox – School Business Manager

Mrs Henfrey – Year 3 Leader

Mrs Whittick – Year 5 Leader


Elmwood Junior School recognises its responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.  The school’s policy applies to the whole of the school’s workforce, along with volunteers, governors and any contractors working on the school site.  The overall aims of the policy are to:

  • Provide protection for the pupils;
  • Provide staff and volunteers with guidance on procedures they should adopt in the event that they suspect a child or young person may be experiencing, or be at risk of harm;
  • Alert staff to the signs and indicators that all might not be well;
  • Develop staff awareness of the causes of abuse;
  • Develop staff awareness of the risks and vulnerabilities their pupils face;
  • Address concerns at the earliest possible stage;
  • Reduce the potential risk pupils face of being exposed to violence, extremism, exploitation or victimisation;
  • Emphasise the need for good levels of communication and that safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility.

It may be helpful for parents to know that the Local Authority requires Designated Safeguarding Officers (DSO’s) to report any obvious or suspected cases of child abuse which includes non-accidental injury, severe physical neglect, emotional abuse and/or sexual abuse.  This procedure is intended to protect children at risk and schools are encouraged to take the attitude that where there are grounds for suspicion it is better to be safe than sorry.  This does mean that DSO’s risk upsetting some parents by reporting a case, which on investigation proves unfounded.  In such circumstances, it is hoped that parents appreciate how difficult it is for a DSO to carry out this delicate responsibility. 

The welfare of the child is paramount

Please click here for Elmwood Junior School Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy 2016/17 

safeguarding and child protection policy – issue 5 14.11.16

Please click here for Elmwood Junior School Whistleblowing Policy 2016/17            

whistle blowing policy and procedure – issue 5 14.11.16

Please click here for the ‘Esafety Workshop’ letter February

Letter to parents re- esafety workshop

 

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