Safeguarding & Internet Safety
Safeguarding at West Heath
West Heath School believes that all students are entitled to be treated with dignity, courtesy and respect regardless of their age, race, gender or ability and will not tolerate any behaviour that is abusive to its students, whether it occurs at school and involves school staff or another student or has happened at the student’s home or within another service or area of the student’s life.
Every student should be and feel safe. Other people should not hurt or abuse you in any way. Other people should not threaten to hurt or abuse you.
There are staff who are here to support you and help to make your place of learning safe.
Abuse is when somebody does something to you that makes you feel bad or hurts you. It is when you are harmed in some way that can make you feel sad, scared and worried.
Some safeguarding concerns may include: physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, radicalisation, FGM, CSE, bullying, online safety or children missing education.
What should you do if you think you are being hurt or abused?
If you think you have been hurt or abused by another student, member of staff or visitor you should tell someone as soon as possible. This should be a member of staff you trust or one of the school’s Designated Safeguarding Leads.
If you have a concern regarding a student’s safety please contact a Designated Safeguarding Lead or complete a Record of Concern which is available on shared area or in the DSL offices.
If you are unsure about who you should talk to, or would rather talk to someone outside of school; you can find more detail on the NSPCC website
Our Designated Safeguarding Leads are:
Jim Nunns – Principal
Julie Goodyear – Head of Residential Care and Safeguarding
David Perridge – Vice Principal Staff and Student Well Being
Julie Bellamy – Assistant Vice Principal Staff and Student Well Being
Photini Bohacek – Learning Director (KS3)
Pauline Knutton – Named Safeguarding Trustee
Safeguarding, a little more information:
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)
If you have any concerns regarding Safeguarding and don’t feel comfortable contacting the school; the NSPCC offer advice and contact numbers.
Internet Safety guidance
This guidance is to inform parents and professionals of the facilities we have in place to monitor and evaluate the use of the internet both during the school day and in our residential setting.
School Network and WiFi
The school network including our WiFi is not open to students’ personal devices.
Students have to log in individually, this allows us to monitor activity on an individual basis.
Access is restricted, with filtering systems in place to block inappropriate web content.
Each teacher has remote access to each of the computers in their classroom or boarding house, allowing real time remote monitoring
All computer access is monitored by a member of staff
When can the internet be accessed?
The school network facility is continuously available
The residential network is available between 3pm and 10pm
What we can’t control
If your son or daughter has a mobile device then it is likely they will have access to the internet via their provider.
The 3G and 4G phone networks are good within the Sevenoaks area; this allows for faster download speeds and more reliable internet services over the phone
We are not able to monitor the use of the internet via personal mobile devices (data enabled devices – eg. Mobile phones, ipad, ipod, Microsoft Surface, Samsung Galaxy Note etc).
We are unable to restrict usage times of personal mobile devices
We are unable to limit access to inappropriate websites and content
What you can do
If you have any concerns about internet access and the use of mobile devices please contact your tutor or residential house manager.
The following sites have useful information on internet safety