Safeguarding at Lionwood

At Lionwood, safeguarding is our priority.  We have a number of people in our Designated Safeguarding Lead  team:

Maria Cornish – Headteacher & DSL
Faye Herron – Deputy Headteacher, SENCO & DSL
Trudy Sargeant – Safeguarding Lead, ‘Step-On’ Trainer, Mental Health Champion and DSL
Lydia Eade – Pastoral Lead, After-School Club Lead & DSL
Kerry Didwell – Pastoral Support Worker 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 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:

Parents/Carers,
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 Policy here:
Safeguarding POlicy 2021-22
I can also provide a paper copy on request.