Safeguarding is about protecting our children from abuse or neglect.
At West Ashtead Primary School, the safety and well-being of our children is of the utmost importance and we are all responsible for the safety of all children. We ensure that we are doing all we can to protect the most vulnerable members of our society.
All staff believe that our school should provide a caring, positive safe and stimulating environment that promotes the social, physical and moral development of the individual child.
All staff receive annual safeguarding training and our school is fully compliant with guidelines published by the Department for Education: ‘Working together to safeguard children’, ‘Keeping children safe in education’ and ‘Safeguarding children and safer recruitment in education’.
We support children’s development in ways that will foster security, confidence and independence, and provide an environment in which children and young people feel safe, secure, valued and respected, and feel confident, and know how to approach adults if they are in difficulties, believing they will be effectively listened to.
We provide a systematic approach to monitoring children known or thought to be at risk of harm, and ensure we, the school, contribute to assessments of need and support packages for those children. We have a structured procedure within the school which is followed by all members of the school community in cases of suspected abuse.
All staff working within our school who have substantial access to children have been checked as to their suitability, including verification of their identity, qualifications, and a satisfactory Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check (according to guidance) and a central record is kept for audit.
For information about what to do if you're worried a child is being abused, please read the guidance document as published by the DfE.