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Safeguarding

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare
of children or young persons

Woodlawn School adheres to the following DFE safeguarding documents in addition to local authority guidelines:
  • Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015
  • The Prevent Duty 2015
Woodlawn School is committed to safeguarding, inspiring, challenging and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want our pupils to be…
  • Successful learners, who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve.
  • Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.
  • Responsible citizens who will make a positive contribution, both socially and economically, to society.
This means that we have a Child Protection Policy and procedures in place which we refer to. Parents and carers are welcome to read the Policy and can access these documents below on this web site.

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 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.

Our Designated Safeguarding staff in school are:
  • Mr Glen Whalley  - Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Gill Wilson and Claire Harrison-Hoggarth - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads
All staff receive Child Protection and Safeguarding training via the local authority and updates when applicable via the designated safeguarding staff and are aware of the procedures for passing on concerns within school.
Cause for Concern

Staff are asked to report any causes for concern to the Designated safeguarding staff immediately using a written proforma, though maybe verbally in the first instance. Any concerns will be shared with parents/carers as early as possible as more often than not there are extremely reasonable explanations for the concern. Concerns may range from children being visibly upset to persistent lateness to children ‘disclosing’ concerns.

Attendance
All lateness and absences are recorded by the Attendance Co-ordinator. Reasons will be sought for all absence or lateness. Attendance is monitored through these systems and referrals to the Safeguarding Team can be made. Parents/carers will always be informed of concerns around attendance at the earliest point. If attendance concerns continue the school will refer to the Education Welfare Officer.

Educational visits
In line with local authority guidelines, all trips outside school are risk assessed and only approved once all the necessary paperwork has been completed. Parental/carer consent will also be sought prior to any trip including completion of medical forms. Offsite activities require staff to follow the same Child Protection policy irrespective of where they are. The Educational visits co-ordinator is also one of the designated safeguarding team – Mr Glen Whalley.