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Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm. Safeguarding means: protecting children from abuse and maltreatment, preventing harm to children's health or development and ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care.

Child protection is the process of protecting individual children identified as either suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm as a result of abuse or neglect. It involves measures and structures designed to prevent and respond to abuse and neglect.

Ensuring the safety and well-being of students at Woodford County High School is our top priority and therefore we have policies and procedures which surround the issue of safeguarding young people.

Safeguarding means that we aim to ensure the well-being of students both emotionally and physically, and will take steps in order to ensure that young people are not at risk, either from themselves or from others.

Safeguarding issues include bullying, e-safety, radicalisation, child sexual exploitation, physical, emotional and sexual abuse and neglect.

The steps that the school might take are:

  • meeting with the young person to explore the issue
  • meeting with the parent/s to explore the issue
  • liaising and meeting with other agencies or professionals
  • making a referral to Social Services and liaising with them.

Social Services are first and foremost a preventative agency – they seek to support families to get back on track and make change happen in their lives to ensure that young people are kept safe. It is with this in mind that the school might refer to Social Services: to seek support for the family and young person. Unless the risk is presented by a parent, the school will either consult with them about the referral or inform them that a referral is taking place.

Please click here for our child protection / safeguarding policy and procedures

Keeping children safe in education.  The full guidance document can be downloaded from the Department for Education website.

Sexting in schools and colleges: responding to incidents and safeguarding young people-UKCCIS Guidance

What to do if you feel that a young person is at risk

If you are a student at the school:

  • If you are in school, tell a member of staff about it.
  • Use ‘Toot Toot’, an online safeguarding tool, to leave a message for a senior member of staff.
  • If you are at home tell your parent about it .
  • Call Childline (0800 1111) or The Samaritans (08457 909090). Childline is free to call from any phone.

If you are a parent:

  • You can contact the school on 02085040611 and ask for the Designated Safeguarding Lead or Deputy Lead.

Please see support links below:

These site brings together the best advice, support and resources available for parents, teachers and school leaders who want to learn how to protect young people from extremism and radicalisation.

  • Healthy School
  • Investors in Careers
  • Ofsted
  • Digital Schoolhouse