Safeguarding

Safeguarding Statement

The safety and wellbeing of every child and member of staff at Wimbledon Chase is of paramount importance to us.

We are committed to providing a safe and secure environment for our children, staff and visitors, whilst promoting a climate where children and adults will feel confident about sharing any concerns which they may have about their own safety or the well-being of others.

All members of the school community (including volunteers and governors) will at all times establish and maintain a safe and stimulating environment where children feel secure, are encouraged to talk to adults they can trust and are listened to.

Safeguarding Personnel

Wimbledon Chase has a Safeguarding Team.

The Safeguarding Team have received appropriate training and are responsible to have discussions with Social Care when concerns arise regarding the safety of a pupil in this school, and to make appropriate referrals using the the CASA (Common & Shared Assessment) CAF (Common Assessment Framework). All such pupils are closely monitored, including attendance, and where extra concerns arise it is the team’s duty to pass these concerns on to the appropriate agencies.

Designated Safeguarding Lead Mrs S. Warwick Inclusion Manager
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Members Mrs S. Dotchin Parent Support Adviser
Mr K. Ellis Acting Headteacher

If you have any concerns about Child Protection or Safeguarding issues please speak or email one of the team:

Contact details: email WCPS@wimbledonchase.merton.sch.uk

Telephone: 020 8542 1413

If your concern relates to something at home or outside of school, please contact:

Social Care 020 8545 4227 The Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
020 8770 5000 Emergency Duty Team

The NSPCC helpline team is available 24/7, whether you want to report worries about a child, get support with a parenting issue, or need general information and advice about child protection.

You can contact them via email: www.nspcc.org.uk/what-you-can-do/report-abuse/ or telephone: 0808 800 5000.

Wimbledon Chase is part of a national initiative called Operation Encompass that helps to safeguard children who have been exposed to domestic abuse.

Operation Encompass Letter

Designated Governor

Our school has a designated Safeguarding Governor (Janet Monks) who acts as the link between the governing body and the designated officers. The safeguarding governor reviews safeguarding procedures & practices.  Where safeguarding concerns arise regarding a member of staff, the governor will liaise with the Chair of Governors.

Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

Our Policy sets out how the Governing Body discharges its statutory responsibilities relating to safeguarding and child protection and promoting the welfare of children who are pupils at our schools.

WCPS Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy 

Staff recruitment

In line with the guidance for Safer Recruitment, the Headteacher, other Senior Leadership Team members and members of the governors have completed Safer Recruitment training. All staff, including volunteers who have access to children in our school, have been carefully selected and screened and all have had an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check prior to commencing work. Details of all appointments/checks are held in a central record.

All staff are trained to recognise the signs of abuse and understand their responsibilities when a child may be at risk of harm. Training of all staff is updated in line with guidance and also forms part of new staff induction procedures.

Parents

This school believes in working closely with parents and in most cases where we have a concern about a pupil, the parents will be informed. The school can signpost and refer to a wide range of support services through the Headteacher and/or Inclusion Manager.

Children

Through assemblies and PSHE lessons, children have a clear understanding of how to keep themselves safe. There is an opportunity for you when completing the annual One Page Pupil Profile with your child to discuss which member of staff they would be happy to talk to if worried.

Internet safety

Digital Citizenship is an integral part of our school curriculum throughout the year.  Additionally, at the beginning of the academic year, all pupils are formally reminded of how to stay safe and be responsible online.

Preventing Radicalisation and Extremism

In line with recent legislation (July 2015), which requires schools to have ‘due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’, Wimbledon Chase follows the Merton Safeguarding Board’s guidance, which is available on their website together with a parental guidance leaflet:  http://www.merton.gov.uk/health-social-care

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Female Genital Mutilation is classified as a form of Child Abuse in the UK. It therefore makes the procedure of it a serious Child Protection issue. It is illegal for anyone to perform FGM in the UK or to arrange for a child to be transported to another country for the procedure. The sentence for carrying out FGM or helping it to take place is a prison sentence.

If you think that a girl or young woman is in danger of FGM, you must contact the Police. You should contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (020 7008 1500) if she’s already been taken abroad. The Daughters of Eve website helps to raise awareness of this issue and sign-posts those affected by it to supportive services. The NSPCC offers a free and anonymous FGM 24 hour helpline. Call 0800 028 3550 or email fgmhelp@nspcc.org.uk. Additional information, including information regarding breast flattening, can be found at http://www.nationalfgmcentre.org.uk

Helpful links and Documents

Click on the link below for a range of resources to support parents and children in understanding and seeking support in both online safety and safeguarding from all the major providers. https://www.lgfl.net/online-safety/resource-centre

Follow this link to view the E-Safety Guidance page.

You Tube Safety Fact Sheet

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