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Safeguarding Information

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility at Whitefield Academy Trust. We recognise that the children and young people at Whitefield Schools and Joseph Clarke Schools are highly vulnerable because of their special education needs.

All staff and any other adults supporting the work of the Trust are expected to do everything they can to protect children from harm, to work with them in a caring and positive way and to make the learning environment safe.

The Whitefield Academy Trust follows safe recruitment systems so that all the necessary checks are carried out on everyone employed by the school, and anyone else working with our pupils.

We teach children and young people to work and play together and to help one another. We teach them to manage their behaviours and where possible to protect themselves from harm in the ‘real world’ and online.

All staff are trained in safeguarding when they join the school and every year after that, so that they understand their responsibilities, know how to work safely with children and young people, recognise the signs of abuse and know what to do if they have any concerns.

If an adult is concerned about a child or has any reason to believe that a child is at risk of harm, they must do everything they can to make things better for them.

If any adult in school has any concerns they must report them to a member of the safeguarding team:

Whitefield Schools safeguarding team

  • Laura Pease, Designated Safeguarding Lead,
  • Gill Wadeson, Deputy Safeguarding Lead,
  • Lesley Middleton or Evelina Dimopoulou

who can be contacted at: safeguarding@whitefield.waltham.sch.uk

Joseph Clarke School safeguarding team

  • Isobel Cox, Designated Safeguarding Lead,
  • Sarah Bent, Deputy Safeguarding Lead,

who can be contacted at: safeguarding@josephclarke.waltham.sch.uk

The safeguarding team will always speak to parents if there are concerns and would always want to work with families in difficult situations. Nevertheless, if we believe that a child is, or may be, at risk of harm, we will need to make a referral to the local authority social care teams.

Please help us by letting your child’s teacher know if they have hurt themselves or been injured at home, or if there are any issues or changes which may be making your child anxious or unhappy.

If there is any concern that a member of staff may have harmed a child, or put a child at risk, we will follow this up as a disciplinary issue, seeking advice from the Local Authority Designated Officer for child protection if necessary.

If you see or hear anything in school which causes you concern, please speak to a member of the safeguarding team, or put your concern in writing, either by letter or via safeguarding@whitefield.waltham.sch.uk or safeguarding@josephclarke.waltham.sch.uk as appropriate.

The full safeguarding policy is available on our Policy page on this Website or is available from the school office