At Woodbridge Park Education Service (WPES) we take all aspects of safeguarding and child protection seriously. We believe that safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children. In order for us to fulfil this responsibility effectively, WPES focuses on a child-centred approach. This means that what is in the best interests of the child is considered, at all times.
In order for staff to effectively fulfil their duty to safeguard children it is important for them to keep up-to-date with sector developments. Therefore, staff members are required to receive child protection and safeguarding specific updates wherever necessary, in order to help them identify concerns and protect the pupils under their care.
If staff have any concerns about a child’s welfare, they are expected to act on them immediately following the procedures set out in the WPES Child Protection policy.
Somebody may abuse or neglect a child by inflicting harm, or by failing to act to prevent harm. Children may be abused in a number of settings, and by a wide range of people including those known to them.
There is a student safeguarding notice board on every site with information including a range of general and local contacts for the students to use, but also a specific information poster giving the safeguarding contacts for their site at Woodbridge Park Education Service.
If you have any concerns about your child, another pupil or a member of staff please do not hesitate to contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) at your child’s centre. They will be able to provide you with the best advice and help. The list below gives the names of all the safeguarding leads across WPES.
Designated Safeguarding Leads
I Berryman Head of Service
H Atwell Safeguarding lead
S Mansell Head of KS3
M Spencer Head of KS4
H Tyzack Head of Primary
C Gibbons Head of CATE
We aim to work closely with our parents and carers at all times and are more than happy to hear from you about any concerns you may have, however small they may seem.
You need to be aware that the Local Authority requires schools to report any obvious or suspected cases of child abuse, and sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. Wherever possible we will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with parents and carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.
If you have concerns about a child but are too worried to contact the school about them then you can seek advice from:
- Hounslow Local Authority, Mon-Fri (9am-5pm) – Early Help Hounslow: 020 8583 3200 or email email@example.com or for ‘Out of hours and weekends’ from the Emergency Duty Team: 020 8583 2222. You do not have to give your name and your conversation will be treated confidentially.
- The NSPCC can be contacted 24/7 for help and advice on 0808 800 5000.
Additionally the NSPCC whistleblowing helpline is available on 0800 028 0285 and the line is available from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, Monday to Friday or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or go online at https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-you-can-do/report-abuse/dedicated-helplines/whistleblowing-advice-line
- Child Line on 0800 1111, which is a free phone line or Online – www.childline.org.uk
- If you have immediate concerns about a child’s safety please contact the police on: 999
Please, whatever you do, please don’t let a concern go unreported.