If you have any concerns regarding the welfare of a child please contact one of the designated members of staff responsible for child protection and safeguarding:
Hayley Bowerman - Assistant Headteacher EYFS - Designated Safeguarding Lead
Jim Dees - Headteacher - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Hilary Haines - Assistant Headteacher SENCo - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Sarah Cooper - Assistant Headteacher (KS1) - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Ian Bennett - Assistant Headteacher (Assessment) - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Jeremy West - Assistant Headteacher (UKS2) - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Caroline Kinsella - Pastoral Assistant - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Victoria McFarland - Link Governor for Safeguarding
Claire Barrett - Deputy Link Governor for Safeguarding
In addition, all staff at West Lodge Primary School have undergone at least Level One Child Protection training.
West Lodge Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all of its pupils. Each pupil’s welfare is of paramount importance and we are committed to upholding every child’s right to be safe. We will always take a considered and sensitive approach in order that we can support all of our pupils. We have a Safeguarding Policy and Child Protection Policy on our website which states our school procedures regarding concerns raised about a child. This is in line with Department for Education (DFE) guidance which is set out in Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE September 2018) which incorporates a range of related responsibilities for schools and newer statutory duties introduced to protect children and young people. Due to our commitment to safeguarding, each newsletter will communicate some key information to parents concerning ways in which you can safeguard your own children at home, as well as informing you of how we are committed to working with all our parents and pupils, to actively promote the safeguarding and welfare of all our pupils.
Safeguarding encompasses all the things we do to protect our children. All schools have a legal duty to protect children and at West Lodge, our duty of care is to our children above everything else. Safeguarding includes child protection, health and safety, poor attendance or late punctuality, anti-bullying and preventing peer-on-peer abuse, preventing risk of radicalisation, e-safety, disclosure and barring checks on staff and adults in the school and behaviour including ensuring no discrimination based on race, cultural background, sexual identity/orientation, disability, religion or gender. All staff have annual training including regular updates to ensure they are vigilant and keeping child safety at the forefront of what they do.
If you have any concerns about a child, then please do not hesitate to contact a member of the safeguarding team. Our Safeguarding team comprises of Mrs Bowerman (Designated Safeguarding Lead) Mr Dees, Mr Bennett, Mrs Cooper, Mrs Haines, Mr West and Mrs Kinsella (Designated Safeguarding Officers). Our Governors with responsibility for safeguarding is Victoria McFarland and Claire Barrett.
Care Plans – for children with any medical diagnosis.
If your child has a care plan because they have a medical condition, please ensure you inform welfare of any changes to medication or care. If your child has a medical condition and no care plan, please contact Mrs Thomson in welfare to request one. Care Plans help to ensure that we effectively support pupils with medical conditions. They provide clarity about what needs to be done, when and by whom. These Care Plans include all medical conditions including asthma and eczema. If you are unsure that your child should have one, please contact Mrs Bowerman or Mrs Thomson. This is in line with the “Supporting Children with Medical Needs/Conditions” policy which is on the school website. Please be assured that all information supplied will be handled in the strictest confidence.