At High Meadow Community School, Safeguarding and Child Protection is at the core of everything we do. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff and volunteers to do the same.
We believe that all pupils have a right to learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment which includes the right to protection from all types of abuse; where staff are vigilant for signs of any pupil in distress and are confident about applying the processes to avert and alleviate any such problems.
All staff are trained regularly (every half-term) on Safeguarding procedures and are made aware of important documentation including the School’s Safeguarding Policy and ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education September 2019’. Our policies can be found in the section called ‘Useful documentation – Policies’ Our training also includes raising awareness of and providing information about ‘A Child Missing in Education, Child Sexual Exploitation and Female Genital Mutilation’. We also actively support the Government’s PREVENT agenda to counter radicalisation and extremism.
At High Meadow we aim to ensure that:
- All of our pupils are safe and protected from harm,
- Other elements of provision and policies are in place to enable pupils to feel safe and adopt safe practices,
- Staff, pupils, governors, visitors, volunteers and parents are aware of the expected behaviours and the school’s legal responsibilities in relation to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our pupils.
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 ensure that our concerns are discussed with a parent/carer first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.
Our Designated Lead for Safeguarding is Mrs Debby Hughes firstname.lastname@example.org and our Deputy Designated Lead is Mrs Lyndsey Garbett Edwards.L1@welearn365.com We can be contacted on 01675 462312 or via the emails above. If you are a professional and need to contact a DSL URGENTLY out of hours, then please call 07803 563989.
Safeguarding during the Covid-19 outbreak
We want you to know that the welfare and safety of our children continues to be our main priority during the Covid-19 outbreak. We still have Designated Safeguarding Leads working in our school who can offer support and advice to keep our children safe. Please make contact via email to email@example.com or call us on 01675 462312 if you have any concerns. If you are a professional and need to contact a DSL URGENTLY then please call 07803 563989.
If you think a child is in immediate danger please dial 999 and contact the Police.
You can also find support via from the following services:
Warwickshire Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH team) 01926 414144
Warwickshire Emergency Duty Team 01926 886922
Warwickshire Family Information Service 01926 742274
Child Line 08001111
Domestic Violence Hotline 08002000247
MIND mental health support 03001233393
We would also ask that you follow guidelines to keep you child safe online. We do appreciate that home study will see our children accessing the internet for much longer than usual during this long period away from school.