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 policy on Child Protection (which lists signs of potential abuse and what to do if you have a concern) can be viewed on our website, and also downloaded. We can provide paper copies if you prefer – please do come and ask at our office.
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 see Jackie Davies who is our Designated Safeguarding Lead; Cathy Clarke, Nicola Vivian and Angie Maxey deputise in Jackie’s absence. Posters with photos of our DSL and deputies are displayed around our school and in our main reception area.
You can also contact RBK’s Single Point of Access (SPA) team between 8:45 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. from Monday to Thursday and 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Fridays.
In an emergency
RBK has a duty team that can be contacted out of office hours (evenings and weekends). 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
Emergency Services - phone 999