Safeguarding at Goldwyn School
Goldwyn School is a community and all those directly connected (staff, governors, parents, families and pupils) have an essential role to play in making it safe and secure. Goldwyn School recognises our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children with their best interests at the centre of our work. .
Goldwyn School recognises the importance of providing an ethos and environment within school that will help children to feel safe, secure and respected; encourage them to talk openly; and enable them to feel confident that they will be listened to. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice.
Our school core safeguarding principles are:
· That schools are an important part of the wider safeguarding system for children.
· It is a whole school responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children as its paramount concern
· All children (defined as those up to the age of 18) regardless of age, gender, ability, culture, race, language, religion or sexual identity, have equal rights to protection
· All children have a right to be heard and to have their wishes and feelings taken into account
· All staff understand safe professional practice and adhere to our code of conduct and other associated policies
· All staff have a responsibility to recognise vulnerability in children and act on any concern in accordance with this guidance
There are four main elements to our safeguarding policy:
· Prevention ( e.g. positive, supportive, safe school culture, curriculum and pastoral opportunities for children, safer recruitment procedures);
· Protection (by following the agreed procedures, ensuring all staff are trained and supported to respond appropriately and sensitively to safeguarding concerns);
· Support (for all pupils, parents and staff, and where appropriate specific intervention for those who may be at risk of harm);
· Working with parents and other agencies (to ensure appropriate communications and actions are undertaken).
Goldwyn School has policies and procedures in place to deal effectively with child protection and safeguarding issues together with recording and monitoring processes.
To promote a safe environment for young people at Goldwyn School our selection and recruitment policy includes all statutory checks on staff and regular volunteers including Enhanced DBS (disclosure and barring service) checks. All staff are trained to a level appropriate to their safeguarding responsibilities.
Designated Safeguarding Contacts
If you have any serious concerns about your child or any other student at Goldwyn School please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Safeguarding Team. They will be able to provide you with the best advice and help using the appropriate degree of confidentiality.
For emergencies out of school hours please contact the person on duty at the Integrated Front Door on 03000 411 111
Key contact personnel in School:
Gregoire Godin (Lead DSL)
Debbie Man (Centre DSL) and Louise Ashman (Deputy Centre DSL)
Barry McGinn (Centre DSL), Sarah Cave (Deputy DSL)
Goldwyn Plus & Vocational Centre
Jon Bumpus (Centre DSL), Tina Mills (Deputy Centre DSL), Cassie Lee (Deputy Centre DSL)
Please find a copy of our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy here.
Please find below some links to organisations that can provide further information regarding child protection and safeguarding of young people: