Safeguarding at West Heath
We are committed to actively enable our students to learn and achieve. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of each student, plays a really important part in helping our students achieve positive outcomes. Our statutory duty relating to safeguarding is set out in “Keeping Children Safe in Education” (September 2016) which states:
- Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as: protecting children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
- Children includes everyone under the age of 18.
- Where a child is suffering significant harm, or is likely to do so, action should be taken to protect that child. Action should also be taken to promote the welfare of a child in need of additional support, even if they are not suffering harm or are at immediate risk.
(Keeping Children Safe in Education, September 2016, DfE)
We take our responsibility to safeguard and promote welfare very seriously, working hard to make sure all the school’s activities and procedures support and promote safeguarding. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our students who are 18 years and over is equally important to us.
Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL’s)
We have five Designated Safeguarding Leads who are trained to deal with safeguarding concerns and work with students, families and external agencies (see Safeguarding Policy on our website for further details). DSL’s meet regularly to discuss specific safeguarding comments and to develop our safeguarding practice throughout the school
All staff at West Heath receive general Safeguarding training at least annually, with more specific Safeguarding training scheduled at staff development days.
We actively plan internal and external scrutiny of our safeguarding work and procedures. We self assess our safeguarding work and the Trustees’ monitor our compliance with statutory safeguarding responsibilities. Specific trustees have a responsibility for Safeguarding and Whistle Blowing.
Our external partners who monitor and help us develop our safeguarding work are:
- Independent Standard 20 Visitor
- Independent Visitor
- Independent Service Reviews (Platinum Care)
- Designated Officer (Kent County Council)
- Area Safeguarding Advisor (Education – Kent County Council)