Woodcroft Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. To achieve our commitment, we will ensure continuous development and improvement of robust safeguarding processes and procedures that promote a culture of safeguarding amongst our staff and volunteers.
We are committed to inspiring, challenging and safeguarding our pupils, enabling them to become:
- Successful learners, who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve.
- Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.
- Responsible citizens who will make a positive contribution, both socially and economically, to society.
This is best achieved when we all work Together Towards Success.
The designated safeguarding lead for Woodcroft is Craig Tallon (Headteacher)
The nominated governor for safeguarding is Michelle Allen (Parent Governor)
The designated lead for looked after children is Kay Vanner (SENCo)
All adults who work in school have a responsibility to read and understand all safeguarding policies (click here for all policies). This expectation is displayed as the school’s ‘Safeguarding Notice for Workers and Volunteers’
All adults are also expected to read the DfE guidance: Keeping children safe in education guidance – September 2018.pdf
It should be read alongside statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children, and departmental advice What to do if you are worried a child is being abused- Advice for practitioners.
Information sharing is vital to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. A key factor identified in many serious case reviews (SCRs) has been a failure by practitioners to record information, to share it, to understand its significance and then take appropriate action. Click here to view the DfE guidance: Information Sharing
Effective working together depends on an open approach and honest relationships between agencies. Where professionals consider that the practice of other professionals is placing children at risk of harm, they must be assertive, act swiftly and ensure that they challenge the relevant professionals in line with the Barnet Safeguarding Partnership Resolution Policy.
Schools have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism. This is referred to as Prevent. More information is available on a dedicated section of the school website – http://www.woodcroft.barnet.sch.uk/prevent-strategy/
All adults at Woodcroft are made aware of the NSPCC Whistleblowing Advice Line on 0800 028 0285. This anonymous, free of charge service provides support to employees wishing to raise concerns about how their organisation has handled a child protection concern.
It is the responsibility of all adults in school to be familiar with the school safeguarding and health and safety. http://www.woodcroft.barnet.sch.uk/statutory-policies/
Including online safety: http://www.woodcroft.barnet.sch.uk/it-policies-computing/
And a school’s duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism. This is outlined on our Prevent Strategy Guidance pages.
ChildLine (for children and young people)
Telephone: 0800 1111 (free)
The ChildLine number won’t show up on your phone bill if you call from a landline or from most mobile networks.
Educate Against Hate – https://educateagainsthate.com/
This is an important government website that provide advice and information about protecting children from extremism and radicalisation. Please note the poster in the staff corridor.
Barnet MASH (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub)
If you have any concerns that a child or an unborn baby might be being harmed you can contact Barnet’s safeguarding team directly. All calls are taken seriously and will be treated in confidence.
Barnet Council’s Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) deal with concerns about child abuse and can be contacted on 020 8359 4066 .
Barnet Safeguarding Partnership
Further information about safeguarding children in Barnet can be found on the Barnet Safeguarding Partnership website: