We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our pupils, and the safety and protection of children is our primary concern.
Safeguarding is about:
- protecting children from mistreatment in its many forms
- making sure that children’s health and development is not harmed
- making sure that children grow up in a safe and happy environment
- taking action to make sure that every child benefits from the best care possible.
The Head Teacher, Mrs Kiran Thapar, is the ‘Designated Safeguarding Lead’ for Grange Park Infant & Nursery School. She is the person to contact if you have any worries about the safety of a child at the school. You can call the school to speak with her or visit the school. She will co-ordinate any help needed, and continue to update you about the case.
Lorraine Plummer-Walrond is the Governor responsible for Safeguarding and Child Protection.
Our approach to child safeguarding
In consultation with the DfE’s guidance and direction on safeguarding, especially the documents ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children‘ and ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education‘ the school has a comprehensive plan in place to safeguard and promote children’s welfare. It involves:
- creating a positive school atmosphere through our teaching and learning
- ensuring all important information, messages and concerns are passed along to the Designated Safeguarding Lead as quickly as possible
- keeping up-to-date with the latest safeguarding practices and procedures
- providing support and care for both pupils and staff
- ensuring children know what to do and who to talk to if they are scared, unhappy or feel worried
- regular and training for all school staff
- undertaking DBS Disclosure security checks for all staff, visitors and volunteers working with children and those serving on our Governing Body, and making sure visitors and contractors have a valid DBS Disclosure certificate before beginning their work or visit
- maintaining and reviewing appropriate site security measures, such as CCTV and access control.
Reporting concerns about the safety of a child
If the child is in immediate danger, please call 999 as soon as you can.
If you are worried a child has been abused or is at risk:
- talk to them, listen calmly, don’t get angry, reassure them that it’s not their fault and encourage them to tell you what’s happened
- if you think they are in immediate harm or need medical attention call 999
- for further advice and guidance, and to report the matter contact Hillingdon MASH Team (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub) on 01895 556644.
If you are worried a child has experienced online abuse or grooming, you can visit CEOP’s Safety Centre to make a report to the Police in confidence. A Child Protection Advisor from CEOP will make sure the child is safe, and will discuss with you what will happen next.
Grange Park Infant & Nursery are committed to using the Internet to help enrich children’s education, but also have a duty to keep children safe from threats online. Visit our E-Safety page for more information and some useful links for parents and children.
Grange Park Infant & Nursery School are proud to take part in Operation Encompass. It is a system that alerts the Designated Safeguarding Lead if the police find that a child has been exposed to, or involved in, a domestic incident. The school can then use that information to ensure the safety and wellbeing of that child.