If you have a safeguarding concern please contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Safeguarding at Elmwood Junior School
Mrs Devecioglu – Deputy Head Teacher & Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
Mr Marston – Head Teacher & Deputy DSL
Mrs Soar – Lead Governor for Safeguarding
Mr Ozgu – Deputy Head Teacher & Deputy DSL
Mrs Kriesler – Assistant Head Teacher, SENCO & Deputy DSL
Mrs Macleod – Pupil Welfare and Data Manager & Deputy DSL
Miss Sleight – Online Safety Lead & Deputy DSL
Mr Pollock – Deputy Head Teacher & Deputy DSL
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.
Pending approval by governors
It may be helpful for parents to know that the Local Authority requires Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) 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 DSLs 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 DSL to carry out this delicate responsibility.
The welfare of the child is paramount