Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) - Mrs Emily Evans (Headteacher)
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead - Mrs Sharon Griffin (Deputy Head Teacher)
Safeguarding Lead Governor - Councillor Margaret Thompson
What to do if you are concerned about a child - ‘The welfare of the child is paramount’
Keeping children safe and enabling all of our pupils to flourish underpins everything we do. We take our responsibility for the pupils in our care very seriously and we are here to help, support and guide. Our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy explains the steps that we will take if we have any concerns about the safety or welfare of the pupils in our care take to ensure that and our most recent Safeguarding Audit.
You can tell us about a pupil or parent/carer that needs support in some way by contacting one of our Safeguarding Officers via the School Office. You may be concerned about the child's developmental needs, issues that the parent or carer is experiencing, or you may suspect a child is being neglected or subjected to abuse. Our duty is outlined in detail within the document 'Working Together to Safeguard Children' published in July 2018 by the Government. We have a duty to record and report concerns and work alongside local agencies to ensure pupils are adequately safeguarded from harm.
All details are treated confidentially and will only be shared if there are concerns that a pupil is at risk. It is always our aim to share our concerns transparently with the pupil’s parent or guardian before making a referral. However, we reserve our right to refer without consent if we are sufficiently concerned about a pupil’s safety or we are unable to contact the parent/guardian after reasonable attempts have been made.
Single Point of Access (SPA)
You can also tell Kingston’s Children’s Services about a child, young person or parent/carer that needs support in some way by contacting their Single Point of Access team (SPA).
You can contact the SPA team from 8.00 am to 5.15 pm, Monday to Thursday and 8.00 am to 5.00pm on Friday by calling 020 8547 5008. The telephone number for out of hours contact is 020 8770 5000
In an emergency or if you think a child is in immediate danger you should call 999.
If you have any concerns about Domestic Abuse then support can be found by following this link.
We are also signed up to 'Operation Encompass'. Follow this link to find out more.
Visitors to School
We really value the help and support that parents and other visitors give us within school. In order to safeguard our pupils, we ask that all visitors read and sign a copy of our Visitors in School - Safeguarding Guidelines. This provides information on your safety in school and your responsibility to keep others safe whilst in school. We also ask that parent helpers sign a copy of our Parent Helper Guidelines.
Advice for parents about Online Safety
There are many useful resources to provide information about how to keep your children safe online. Below are some resources for you to use at home with your children. Look out for information about our regular Online Safety events, working in collaboration with the local secondary schools.