Safeguarding and Child Protection – everyone’s responsibility
Most children enjoy generally happy childhood experiences within their own family. Unfortunately for some, this is not always the case, especially during difficult family times.
As a school, we have a duty to ensure that arrangements are in place for safeguarding.
Safeguarding means ensuring the safety and welfare of all children and, in addition to child protection, covers aspects of school life such as attendance, behaviour, first aid, health and safety, the curriculum and equality, to name but a few.
Child protection means protecting children from physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse or neglect. It also means helping children to grow up into confident, healthy and happy adults.
Our policy on Safeguarding and Child Protection (which lists signs of potential abuse and what to do if you have a concern) can be found in this section. We can provide paper copies if you prefer – please do come and ask at our office.
Please note that we have included in this section a COVID-19 Addendum to the Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy.
Safeguarding is incredibly important to us at Knollmead. If there are concerns about the pupils, we will liaise with the local authority as required and have a duty to do so.
If you have any concerns, relating to safeguarding, about a child at our school who you feel needs additional help and support, please do come and speak to one of the members of staff listed below:
The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Dave Tan, Headteacher.
The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are:
Becky Kearns (Deputy Headteacher)
Sam Salih (SENCo and Trust HI Inclusion lead)
Rhianwen Dean (Assistant Headteacher - EYFS and KS1) (maternity leave, September 2020)
The designated Safeguarding Governor who acts as a link between the DSL and the Governing Body is Jolande Botha-Smith.
The designated governor responsible for liaising with the Local Authority and/or partner agencies, as appropriate, in the event of allegations being made against the Headteacher is the Chair of Governors, Diana Brotherston.
Posters with photos of our DSL and deputies are displayed at the front entrance to the school and in our main reception area.
You can also contact RBK’s Single Point of Access (SPA) team between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday (please see below).
In an emergency
RBK has a duty team that can be contacted out of office hours (evenings and weekends) – please see below. If you think a child is in immediate danger, you should contact emergency services.
How to contact RBK children’s safeguarding team:
Tel: 020 8547 5008
Email: [email protected]
Emergency Services – phone 999
Out of hours duty team – phone 020 8770 5000
NSPCC website (www.nspcc.org.uk)
NSPCC website - PANTS / Underwear rule (https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/underwear-rule/)
Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre (www.ceop.police.uk)
UK Safer Internet Centre (www.saferinternet.org.uk)
UK Safer Internet Centre - parent controls (https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers/parental-controls-offered-your-home-internet-provider)