Safeguarding

Definition of Safeguarding

“Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined for the purposes of this guidance as: protecting children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.“ KCSIE 2018

Our Commitment to Safeguarding and Child Protection

Windsor Nursery School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

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 below.

Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy September 2018

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will endeavor to ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.

We actively support the Government’s Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism.

Safeguarding Contacts in School

Designated Safeguarding Lead – Rena Patel (Terrific for Twos Co-ordinator)

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead – Claire Foster (Headteacher)

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead – Jill Watts (Deputy Headteacher)

Communication with Parents

Our school will always discuss concerns with parents/carers and consent for any referrals should be sought unless to do so would:

  • Place the child at risk of significant harm or further risk of significant harm.

  • Place a vulnerable adult at risk of harm.

  • Compromise any enquiries that need to be undertaken by children’s social care or the police.

The school will endeavour to ensure that parents have an understanding of the responsibilities placed on the school and staff for safeguarding children.

In the best interests of safeguarding children there may be occasions when the school has to consult with other agencies without a parent or carer’s prior knowledge. Our first concern and responsibility is the child’s welfare and we have a duty to protect children first and always. Such consultation may result in a formal referral which could prompt visits from social care and/or the police. We fully understand that this can be a very distressing set of circumstances. Our school will follow the procedures required by the Wolverhampton Safeguarding Children Board.

Reporting a Concern of Abuse or Neglect

If you have concerns that a child you know is at risk of serious harm through abuse of neglect it is important that you report your worries to the correct agency.

The link below will direct you to the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Social Service page, which tells you how to report a concern.

Wolverhampton Social Services

Useful Websites

Wolverhampton Safeguarding
Wolverhampton’s website for Safeguarding. On this site you will be able to find the form for Safeguarding Referrals.

NSPCC

Childline

FGM
Information on Female Genital Mutilation

Child Exploitation and Online Protection