What is safeguarding?
Safeguarding is essentially about keeping children and young people safe from abuse or neglect.
All those who come into contact with children and families in their everyday work, including people who do not have a specific role in relation to child protection, have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
Why is safeguarding important?
At Park High School we understand that promoting the welfare of all the children who live and learn within our community is of upmost importance. This means ensuring that we create every opportunity for our pupils to grow, develop and achieve their own potential whilst being protected from harmful influences and actions either on the part of others or themselves.
By doing this we will enable children to maximise their own life chances.
If you notice anything that concerns you, talk to your child to see if you can find out what is happening. If your child becomes distressed or you are not happy with the explanations, you could talk to our designated safeguarding staff at school, an adult you trust or call a helpline or children’s social care services.
Some signs to look for are:
How do we ensure that we safeguard all pupils?
It is our priority to promote the welfare of, and effectively safeguard, the children in our care by:
What will happen if we feel there is a safeguarding issue?
As a school we are required to share information about concerns and pupil welfare issues with external agencies on a need to know basis.
Should a child make a disclosure we will contact the appropriate agencies. If we are advised that a child may be put at further risk and adults should not be informed, we will follow this advice.
Where allegations concern members of staff these will be dealt with in accordance with our Harrow child protection procedures.
What do to do if you have a safeguarding concern?
Speak to the school immediately.
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Deputy Safeguarding Lead
If you are concerned about the behaviour of an employee or visitor, please ask to speak to the headteacher, Mr Emlyn Lumley.
If you have any concerns about safeguarding in the school, our safeguarding governor, Mrs Sangita Patel may be contacted, or the Chair of Governors, Dr John Wise.
Harrow Golden Number: 020 8901 2690 / 020 8424 0999
Police: 101 (non-emergency) / 999 (emergency)
NSPCC: 0800 800 500/Childline: 0800 1111
Government whistle-blowing service: 0800 028 0285
Keeping Children Safe in Education
Harrow Safeguarding Children’s Board
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Park High School, Thistlecroft Gardens, Stanmore, Middlesex HA7 1PL
Mr Emlyn Lumley
0208 952 2803