Safeguarding at Wellfield
We all play a part
At Wellfield we recognise that our school and staff are an important part of the wider safeguarding system for children. We all understand that safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our children is everyone’s responsibility.
Everyone who comes into contact with our children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all professionals make sure their approach is child-centred.
This means that at Wellfield we always consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child. It is also important to acknowledge that no single professional can have a full picture of a child’s needs and circumstances. If children and families are to receive the right help at the right time, everyone who comes into contact with them has a role to play in identifying concerns, sharing information and taking prompt action.
Protecting our Children
At Wellfield safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as: protecting children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
As a school we know that we are particularly important as we are in a position to identify concerns early, provide help for children, and prevent concerns from escalating. All our staff pride themselves in providing a safe environment in which children can learn. We work together to identify children who may benefit from early help. Early help means providing support as soon as a problem emerges at any point in a child’s life, from the foundation years through to the end of their time at primary school and often beyond alongside our feeder secondary schools. Having a full time Family Learning Mentor who is also a safeguarding lead helps us to do that well.
Designated Safeguarding Lead
We have a designated safeguarding lead - our headteacher, Mrs Ellel - who provides support to staff members to carry out their safeguarding duties and who will liaise closely with other services such as children’s social care.