Safeguarding at Lionwood
At Lionwood, Safeguarding is our first priority. We have a number of people in our Designated Safeguarding Lead Team:
Faye Herron – Head of School, SENCO & DSL
Sian Stalley – Deputy Head, Assistant SENCO & DSL
Trudy Sargeant – Safeguarding and Attendance Lead, ‘Step-On’ Trainer, Mental Health Champion and DSL
Kerry Didwell – Pastoral Lead and DSL
Glenda Prior – Parent Support Advisor, Extended Schools Worker & DSL
This highly trained and experienced team keep children safe by making sure that staff are well-trained, vigilant to signs of abuse, proactively work to support children and families before problems escalate and work with Children’s Services to protect children at immediate risk of harm.
We use CPOMS Safeguarding system to securely report and store all safeguarding information. We have a Duty DSL that monitors this throughout the day to ensure that issues are dealt with immediately.
We have a multilayered approach which includes pastoral work, SEND intervention, parent support work, recordkeeping , reporting and attending meetings and conferences for children.
Below is a message from Trudy Sargeant, our Safeguarding Lead:
If you have any worries or concerns around a safeguarding issue, I would be very happy to speak with you.
Lionwood Junior School recognises our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children with their best interests at the centre of our work.
We recognise the importance of providing an ethos and environment within school that will help children to feel safe, secure and respected; encourage them to talk openly; and enable them to feel confident that they will be listened to. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice.
OUR SCHOOL CORE SAFEGUARDING PRINCIPLES ARE:
– That schools are an important part of the wider safeguarding system for children.
– It is a whole school responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children as its paramount concern.
– All children regardless of age, gender, ability, culture, race, language, religion or sexual identity, have equal rights to protection.
– All children have a right to be heard and to have their wishes and feelings taken into account.
– All staff understand safe professional practice and adhere to our code of conduct and other associated policies.
– All staff have a responsibility to recognise vulnerability in children and act on any concern in accordance with this guidance.
THERE ARE FOUR MAIN ELEMENTS TO OUR SAFEGUARDING POLICY:
– Prevention (e.g. positive, supportive, safe school culture, curriculum and pastoral opportunities for children, safer recruitment procedures);
– Protection (by following the agreed procedures, ensuring all staff are trained and supported to respond appropriately and sensitively to safeguarding concerns);
– Support (for all pupils, parents and staff, and where appropriate specific intervention for those who may be at risk of harm);
– Working with parents and other agencies (to ensure appropriate communications and actions are undertaken).
You will find a copy of the Safeguarding and related policies, including Managing Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment between Children Policy, here:
Whole School Safeguarding Policy Incorporating Child Protection 2023-2024 (4)
Recruitment and Selection (including Safer Recruitment) Policy
Managing Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment between Children Policy September 2022
Attendance Policy 2022-23
LJS Safeguarding Policy 2022-23
LJS Computing and Online Safety Policy 2022-23
LJS First Aid Policy January 2022
W can also provide paper copies on request.