At Westbury Leigh C of E Primary School we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all pupils in our care. The health, safety and well-being of all our pupils is taken seriously and all staff and volunteers are aware of their responsibilities and will do all they can to provide a safe, caring and positive environment where children feel happy and secure. We have a robust recruitment procedure and professional development programme which ensures all staff uphold our strong ethos and values.
Your child's safety and welfare is of paramount importance, overriding all other considerations. Schools are legally required to follow set procedures and the LA requires the headteacher or the designated senior person for child protection to report any obvious or suspected cases of child abuse, which include non accidental injury, severe physical neglect, emotional abuse and/or sexual abuse.
All members and volunteers will require DBS (Disclosure Barring Services) certification.
Our Child Protection Policy outlines these key points.
If you have a concern about the well-being or safety of a particular child, please do not hesitate to contact a member of staff to discuss your concerns further.
Alternatively, if you have a concern about the well being or safety of a particular child and you cannot access anyone from school, please contact the Wiltshire Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) using the Safeguarding Flowchart, what to do if you are worried and details below;
Multi-agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
Out of hours: 0300 456 0100
Our Designated Safeguarding Deputy - John Fowler
Linda Mence - Family Support Worker
Debbie Grimsey - DDSL
Ms Anna Thurman - DDSL
School Business Manager
Take a look at these leaflets for more information:
- Child Protection Leaflet
- WSCB Safer Parenting Handbook
- Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy
- Visitor Safeguarding Leaflet
- Anti-bullying Leaflet
PLEASE FIND BELOW A LIST OF USEFUL SUPPORT GROUPS FOR YOUR INFORMATION:
Childline is a counselling service for parents, children and young people. It also offers multilingual services to South Asian communities living in the UK. Languages include Bengali/Sylheti, Gujurati, Hindu, Punjabi, Urdu and English. Help and advice is free and confidential.
Childline: 0800 1111 (available 24 hours a day)
YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people and empowering their parents and carers.
Email for general enquiries: email@example.com
YoungMinds Parent helpline: offers free confidential online and telephone support to any adult worried about the emotional problem, behaviour or mental health of a child or young person up to the age of 25.
Tel: 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday 9.30am-4pm)
Free telephone and email helpline which can connect a child or young person to any UK helpline where appropriate.
Tel: 0808 808 4994 Text: 80849
Harmless is a user led organisation that provides a range of services about self-harm including support, information, training and consultancy to people who self-harm, their friends, families and professionals.
The NSPCC offer a wide range of resources to help parents, carers and others members of the community, to ensure that they are able to meet their safeguarding responsibilities:
NSPCC Helpline – Parents , carers and members of the public can contact the NSPCC helpline whenever they’re worried about a child by calling 0808 800 5000, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, texting 88858* or contacting us online at nspcc.org.uk/ helpline. The helpline is free, available 24/7 and calls can be made anonymously. This service can also be used for general advice and guidance
Need-to-Know Guides - Further information on a range of issues can be accessed through a series of guides. These include leaving children home alone, holding babies safely, and spotting signs of abuse and neglect.
The Whistleblowing Advice Line offers free advice and support to professionals with concerns about how child protection issues are being handled with in their own or another organisation.
Tel: 0800 028 0285