Children want to be respected, their views to be heard, to have stable relationships with professionals built on trust and for consistent support provided for their individual needs. This should guide the behaviour of professionals. Anyone working with children should see and speak to the child; listen to what they say; take their views seriously; and work with them collaboratively when deciding how to support their needs”.
Working together document 2015
At The Wilfred Owen School, the safety of our pupils is of the utmost importance to us. All our staff have up-to-date safeguarding training certificates from Shropshire Council and are aware of the signs of abuse and neglect. We have designated members of staff to whom concerns are referred and who are here to help you as parents.
Our designated safeguarding lead is Mrs Lynch (headteacher)
We also have safeguarding deputies who are Mrs Karen Matthews (deputy headteacher) and Debbie Smallman (learning mentor). Please treat them as a first point of contact for safeguarding issues at the school.
If you are looking for information, you can also have a look at the website of Shropshire's Safeguarding Children Board. The SSCB is a representative group of agencies in Shropshire involved in safeguarding children and child protection, and its website contains contact details, links and documentation.
Shropshire's Safeguarding Children Boad: 0345 678 9021 (out of hours: 0345 6789040)
Protecting Vulnerable People (West Mercia Police): 0300 333 3000
NSPCC: 0800 800 5000
Childline: 0800 1111
Safeguarding - a definition
The following definition is the one we work by as a school and is Ofsted's summary of the key points appearing in the Children Act 2004 and the Department for Education's guidance on safeguarding.
We commit to:
- protecting children from maltreatment;
- preventing the impairment of children's health and development;
- ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
- undertaking that role so as to enable those children to have optimum life chances and to enter adulthood successfully.