The safety and welfare of every child lies at the heart of everything we do. To help us promote and maintain this we are fully aware of the need to be vigilant in identifying any potential risks or issues that may negatively impact any of our children. With this in mind, Ashton under Hill First School is committed to a clear and comprehensive Safeguarding policy. We encourage and expect all those involved with school to join us in this commitment.
Designated Safeguarding Lead : Mrs. Alison Peacey
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead : Mrs. Juliet Shiels
Safeguarding Governor : Mr. A. Chattell
How Safeguarding is adopted in school
What is the Safeguarding policy about?
Our policy enables the school to fulfil our statutory duties and provide a safe environment in which to learn. Being aware is the central foundation of our safeguarding policy and our staff and governors receive regular training and briefings regarding latest advice and best practice.
By being aware our staff are able to identify the early signs of risk or any potential issues that may negatively impact one of our children and act accordingly. We encourage everyone linked with our school to be aware too and know that they can talk to us in confidence about anything they feel may be affecting a child's emotions, attitude and subsequently their ability to learn and develop within the school.
What happens if I have a concern?
If you have a concern about any of our children's welfare then please act immediately and contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead or Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead. Please be assured that any concern raised will be dealt with in a confidential and sensitive manner.
Any signs of concern are immediately reported to our designated safeguarding team who will record them and meet to consider Early Help assessment and decide upon the most appropriate course of action. This course of action will always be determined with the child's best interests firmly in mind.
Who else may be involved?
The school is part of a wider system to safeguard children.
Though many potential issues can be safely and professionally managed within the school, we also have a number of external agencies with a wealth of experience that we can rely upon for support or are obliged to report to in certain circumstances.
We work together with Worcestershire Childrens First (WCF), local social services and agencies such as Operation Encompass and will refer to Family Front Door & Prevent or Channel where necessary. We adopt guidance issued by the Department for Education (DfE).