SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN AT WOODCROFT
Children’s safety is always our highest priority
Everyone takes personal responsibility on a daily basis to ensure children are kept safe
We do this by:
- Meeting Health and Safety standards
- DBS checking all staff, students, governors and volunteers
- Keeping essential training up to date (paediatric first aid, food safety, safeguarding etc)
- Securing our site, including data protection
- Liaising with outside agencies – Health Visitors, Social Care, SEN Services
- Meeting our Prevent Duty requirements
Safeguarding Children Statement
A Child-Centred approach to safeguarding
At Woodcroft Nursery School the health, safety and wellbeing of all children is of paramount importance. The school therefore works hard to ensure appropriate policies, procedures, staff training and monitoring is in place to provide a safe, supportive and caring learning environment in which our children can flourish.
Safeguarding is about ensuring that everyone is safe from harm – safe from bullying, safe from people who could abuse, safe from discrimination or harassment, safe from all types of abuse –we strive to ensure that all feel safe in our environment.
Staff are vigilant for signs of any pupil in distress and are confident about applying the/our safeguarding processes to avert and alleviate any such problems. Safeguarding permeates all aspects of school life and is everyone's responsibility; the school forms part of a wider safeguarding system.
Our school aims to provide a positive, stimulating, caring and safe environment which promotes the social, physical, emotional and moral development of each child. We work hard to maintain a safeguarding ethos and culture whereby all children feel safe. In order to fulfil our responsibilities we adopt a child-centred approach.
This means that:
- Safeguarding systems and procedures are oriented around the wishes, feelings and best interests of children;
- We seek to give children a 'voice', listen to what they say, take them seriously and work collaboratively in order to meet their needs.
There may be occasions as a school where we have a concern about a child when we may have to consult other agencies in relation to their welfare or child protection concerns.
Further information can be found in our Safeguarding Policies.
If you are concerned about a child please do not hesitate to speak to one of the following designated persons at our school:
Designated Safeguarding Lead - Ferliene Willis (Headteacher)
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead – Louisa Battersby
Designated Safeguarding Governor- Marie Kirkham
Mental Health First Aider - Jo Green
If your child is ever concerned about safety or well-being, or about a friend, they should talk to someone such as a parent, member of staff at the school or a trusted adult, police officer etc.
The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) Tel: 03330 139 797
Emergency Duty Service (immediate out of hours response) 0345 606 1212
In an emergency contact NSPCC Child Protection 080 8800 5000
Please see the following useful links:
Harmful online challenges and hoaxes Online tips for 0-5 year olds
Internet Matters CEOP Education
Essex Safeguarding Children Board iREPORTit
Act Early Keeping Children Safe during Community Activities
Woodcroft Nursery School Safeguarding Policies
- Child Protection Policy September 2022
- Dealing with Allegations against Adults April 2022
- Drop Off and Collection by Older Siblings
- Internet Safety Statement
- Keeping Children Safe in Education Sept 2022 revised
- Missing Child Policy November 2022
- Safer Sleep Policy January 2023
- Single Central Record and Recruitment and Vetting Checks Policy Autumn 2022
- Uncollected Child Policy October 2022
- whistleblowing policy Spring 2023
- WNS Risk Assessment Policy Statement Summer 2022