West Drayton Academy prides itself on being committed to maintaining a positive culture of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children. As a school, it is expected that all staff and volunteers share this commitment.
All staff members at West Drayton Academy have annual Level 1 safeguarding training (and have been fully briefed in the 2022 Keeping Children Safe in Education documentation).
All staff were trained in PREVENT in February 2023. In addition to this, all staff members who are involved in recruitment have had Safer Recruitment training.
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. The wellbeing and safety of the children remains at the heart of what we do and this means that we are vigilant of the things we see and hear from children that might indicate they or others are at a risk of significant harm or have been exposed to long term harm.
- protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
- preventing harm to children’s health or development
- ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
- taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes.
In most instances any concern that has been ascertained will be discussed with you as the parent/carer. We understand that these can at times be difficult conversations however, we will raise matters with you to ensure that your child’s wellbeing and safety remains at the forefront. It is important to us at West Drayton Academy, that we are able to have open and honest conversations and work together to support your child.
In certain circumstances following discussions within the Designated Safeguarding Team, we will share the proposed concerns in accordance with the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board Procedures. This means that we will communicate with the Multi- Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) in Hillingdon. The MASH team supports schools by reviewing information shared and deciding on the best course of action to safeguard a child. In some instances, where children are seen to be in immediate risk or have been exposed to significant harm, we may have to contact MASH without having spoken to you first and gained your agreement.
While safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility West Drayton Academy has four dedicated member of The Safeguarding Team:
Mrs Emily Roca- Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
Miss Lisa Howard- DSL
Mrs Nicole Sall - DSL
Mr Richard Yates- Deputy DSL
Mrs Carmen Nel- Deputy DSL
If you have any questions or concerns regarding a child please contact one of the Designated Safeguarding Leads, alternatively please share your concerns through your child’s class teacher who will liaise with the appropriate staff members.
WDA Child Protection Policy
How we report and administer safeguarding concerns
At WDA we use CPOMS to electronically record all of our safeguarding information in a safe and secure format. This system works well alongside all of our existing safeguarding processes.
Every staff member has access to CPOMS. Any safeguarding associated concerns can be logged in a secure way and appropriate colleagues can be alerted. The system helps to collate all information which may seem minor in isolation, but could contribute to a wider picture.
The safeguarding team are able to analyse the information input into CPOMS and form plans and strategies to address concerns and support our pupils and their families to keep them safe.
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