IMPORTANT NOTICE -PLEASE READ
The document below outlines the safeguarding arrangements for the school during the COVID-19 outbreak and school closure. These are interim arrangements and Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2019) and the school's safeguarding policy still apply and should continue to be followed by all during this period alongside the additional arrangements outlined.
There is also a guide to online safety for parents and carers.
Safeguarding and Child Protection at Sir John Heron
Child protection is about keeping children and young people safe from physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse and neglect. The schools, early years settings and childminders in Manor Park all work closely together to make sure that all the children and young people in our neighbourhood are kept safe, well and thrive.
We all work together to protect children and young people from:
• physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse and neglect.
• extremism of any kind
• the harm caused by domestic violence
Our Safeguarding Team is made up of:
Designated Safeguarding Leads
Ms V Broughton - Headteacher
Mr W Wathen-Howell - Deputy Headteacher
Mrs E Robinson - Assistant Headteacher for SEND
Mrs F Patel - Safeguarding and Outreach Manager
Our Chair of Governors and Governor Safeguard Link is Mrs Sonia Tuttiett - Mrs Tuttiett can be contacted via the school office.
You need to be aware that it is a statutory requirement for all schools, early years settings and childminders to pass on information to Children’s Social Care if they are concerned about a child’s welfare or safety. We will usually discuss these concerns with parents/ carers first and request consent before contacting Children’s Social Care, unless a child is at risk of immediate harm.
If you are ever worried about a child, then please talk to the Designated Safeguarding Leads, Ms Broughton, Mr Howell, Mrs Robinson and Mrs Patel, or phone Newham’s safeguarding team on 020 3373 4600. If a child is in immediate danger you should phone the police on 999.
If you have a safeguarding concern about a member of staff, this must be reported to the Headteacher, Ms Broughton.
Our staff receive annual Safeguarding Training in addition to specific training, including Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Training and Prevent Duty Training.
The Safeguarding of our School Community is of the utmost importance. Please read our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy:
The school complies with the guidance detailed within the Department for Education's Keeping Children Safe in Education September 2020 document. Please also refer to the guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children.
Translations of Keeping Children Safe in Education is available in Arabic, Bengali, Gujarati, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Spanish, Urdu and Somali. To read the translated document, please follow this link.
Safeguarding in the curriculum
At Sir John Heron, we endeavour to give children the knowledge and skills they need to keep themselves safe. This includes being able to identify risk and know how to access support if needed. Please click on 'Safeguarding Curriculum Overview 2019-20' for further information on the content of the school's safeguarding curriculum.
Useful Links and Guidance for Parents/Carers:
Please visit our Safeguarding Resources page for resources, guidance and quick links on a variety of topics such as Bullying and Cyberbullying, Children at Home Alone; Firework Safety; Talking about Difficult Topics; and Radicalisation and Extremism.
Please visit our Useful Links page for more resources and guidance on safeguarding, as well as other topics, such as Online Safety.
If you have a concern about child abuse, you can report this using the Click CEOP button. For more information on what Click CEOP is or to report abuse, visit our Click CEOP page here.
Also click below to read our termly safeguarding newsletters and information about Operation Encompass
We understand that all families go through ups and downs. We are here to offer help, support and guidance if things get difficult. Timely support can often stop a small problem from becoming a big issue that might negatively impact on your child. Please contact Mrs Patel for further information.
Staff and volunteers
Our staff, and those working in school on a voluntary basis, are recruited in line with Safer Recruitment Procedures. The school ensures that all appropriate checks are carried out on all staff and volunteers. Visitors to the school are asked to read our "Information for visitors leaflet" which outlines our Safeguarding Procedures.
The Prevent Duty
The Government has defined extremism in the Prevent strategy as: "vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs." The Prevent strategy includes all forms of terrorism and non-violent extremism, which can create an atmosphere conducive to terrorists, and can popularise views which terrorists may exploit.
The strategy involves preventing people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism by challenging extremist ideas where they are used to legitimise terrorism and are shared by terrorist groups. The school is required to have "due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism."
Please read the attached Prevent risk assessment which outlines possible risks relating to this and strategies the school has in place (which includes the promotion of British values) to mitigate such risks.
Don't forget that children can also contact ChildLine on 0800 1111 if they need to talk to someone: