Safeguarding

At Warton, ensuring the safety and welfare of our children is our highest priority. We do this by:

-ensuring that all adults are highly trained and that training is regularly updated as a priority

-promoting a culture of responsibility and accountability that ensures every concern about children and adults are reported quickly and effectively by all staff members, volunteers and visitors

-ensuring that everyone is safeguarded and standards are high regardless of culture disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious belief and sexual identity. Children and adults are explicitly taught about protected characteristics and discrimination, which also includes staff CPD on anti-racism and unconscious bias.

-working closely with local services including Operation Encompass (a partnership between police and local schools)

-utilising high quality and robust filtering and monitoring systems – currently Lightspeed.

Safeguarding Leaders

Miss Friend (Head Teacher) is our designated safeguarding lead. Miss Friend is also in charge of filtering and monitoring.

Mrs Dormand (Assistant Head Teacher) is a deputy designated safeguarding lead and plans whole school safeguarding CPD and updates, including for governors, children, parents and staff.

Mrs Sage (Assistant Head Teacher) is a deputy designated safeguarding lead and is also our SENCO, PP Lead and Designated Teacher.

Miss Baker is trained as a deputy designated safeguarding lead for our wraparound provision – before and after school. Miss Baker is also trained in paediatric first aid and food hygiene.

Mrs Ellis is trained as a deputy designated safeguarding lead for our school and teaches our Year 6 class.

Mrs Ager is our safeguarding governor.

We foster a culture of openness and support and have in place a whistleblowing policy to ensure that there are clear procedures in place for dealing with allegations against staff which are in line with our Local Safeguarding Children Board’s procedures.

What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
Safeguarding means:

  • protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
  • preventing harm to children’s health or development
  • ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care-taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes.

Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. This includes child protection procedures which detail how to respond to concerns about a child. Safeguarding children and child protection guidance and legislation applies to all children up to the age of 18. You may wish to read further – the DFE has published a document called ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education.

What should I do if I am concerned about a child?

If you are concerned about a child, you should act without delay and contact Warwickshire Front Door on 01926 414144 explaining your concerns. Please remember – Safeguarding is everyone’s business.

If you are concerned a child is in immediate danger call 999 and ask for the police.

How are staff at Warton trained to safeguard?

  • Annual child protection training
  • DfE PREVENT Training
  • National Cyber Security Centre: Cyber security training for school staff
  • GDPR Training 
  • Annual Keeping Children Safe in Education update 
  • All staff have been given access to, and read key government documents and guidelines 
  • Regular updates and safeguarding question for staff as part of weekly CPD
  • Safer recruitment training for designated staff
  • Designated Safeguarding Training for safeguarding team – 5 staff members trained in school
  • Health and Safety for all staff
  • Paediatric first aid- 7 staff trained in school
  • Annual medical needs training – anaphylaxis, asthma and diabetes 
  • Team Teach positive handling 

As part of our induction procedure, ALL new staff and volunteers receive the following training and information:

-briefing on child protection including DSL information and reporting procedures

-briefing on health and safety

-Copy of the Guidance for Safer Working Practice for adults who work with children and young people in education setting, our Safeguarding Policy and Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023.