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Safeguarding at Meadlands

2018 - 2019

Mrs Sophie McGeoch, Headteacher

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

 

 

                            

 

Miss Dani Mace

Deputy Safeguarding Lead, EY Lead

 

 

 

 

Mrs Fiona Stewart

Safeguarding Governor

 

 

 

 

Mr Richard Smith

Online Safety Governor

 

 

 

 

Keeping Safe

 

What to do if you are concerned about a child - ‘The welfare of the child is paramount’

At Meadlands, keeping children safe and ensuring that every child reaches their potential underpins everything we do.  Occasionally, things go wrong for our children and their families and we take our responsibility for the children in our care very seriously and we are here to help, support and guide as best we can.  You can read our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy here our Online Safety Policy and our most recent Safeguarding Audit here .

 

You can tell us about a child, young person or parent/carer that needs support in some way by contacting our Designated Safeguarding Lead, Mrs Colclough via the School Office.   You may be concerned about the child's developmental needs, issues that the parent or carer is experiencing, or you may suspect a child is being neglected or subjected to physical, sexual, or emotional abuse.

 

Our duty is outlined in detail within the document ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’, March 2015, HM Government here. In essence we have a duty to record and report concerns and work alongside local agencies to ensure children are adequately safeguarded from harm.

 

All details are treated confidentially and will only be shared if there are concerns that a child is at risk.  It is always our aim to share our concerns transparently with the child’s parent or guardian before making a referral.  However, we reserve our right to refer without consent if we are sufficiently concerned about a child’s safety or we are unable to contact the parent/guardian after reasonable attempts have been made.

 

Single Point of Access (SPA)

You can also tell Richmond and Kingston Children’s Services, managed by Achieving for Children, about a child, young person or parent/carer that needs support in some way by contacting their Single Point of Access Team (SPA).

 

Richmond  and Kingston SPA (Single Point of Access)

  • Call us on 020 88547 5008 during office hours.

  • Call the out of hours Duty Team (evenings and weekends) on 020 8744 2442.

  • Report your concerns online

    In an emergency

    If you think a child is in immediate danger you should call 999.

    If you need to speak to someone urgently outside of office hours, please call the Duty Social Worker 020 8744 2442.

     

    You can:

  • call us between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday

  • or call the out of hours duty team (evenings and weekends)

  • or call 999 if you are in immediate danger

    You can get advice on the things affecting you - like alcohol, drugs, eating disorders, self harm and sexual health on our 'Supporting young people' pages.

     

Our safeguarding priority this year is online safety. Online safety is priority in both our computing and safeguarding policy, please see below a set of guidelines for parents on commonly used websites, these are particularly useful for parents who have children in upper key stage 2.
 

Safeguarding Outreach work

In Safe Hands

Celebrating

In Safe Hands is a community safeguarding initiative created by Mrs Colclough and recognised by the NSPCC and leading Child Protection law firm Farrer & Co as an example of innovative practice. In Safe Hands seeks to ensure that the whole community, including the children themselves, understand what safeguarding children is. Secondly, it seeks to ensure that parents and professionals become well-networked, in order that children, young people and their families seek help and support early so they know where to find help and support if they are experiencing difficult times. The model is now being disseminated across Richmond and Kingston and beyond with the most recent events at Hollyfield and Ham Youth Centre. This year at Meadlands, our event welcomed Ted Talk Speaker and Vlogger Tom Boon amongst others to discuss digital resilience and keeping our young people safe online.

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