Darrick Wood Junior School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We have a number of policies and procedures in place that reflect this commitment and, individually and collectively, help to create an environment where the safety, well-being, health and happiness of all pupils is the highest priority.
This page provides an overview of some of the school’s policies, systems and procedures that help us to protect our pupils in school and support help them in making choices that will help to keep them safe away from school.
Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy
The school has a dedicated Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy which sets out its approach to keeping children safe. Many of the school’s key systems and procedures, particularly those related to disclosures and allegations, are set out in the policy which also reflects the statutory requirements in the Department for Education document Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2019). The school also has a child-friendly version of the policy which is on display in every classroom. This presents our key safeguarding measures in child-friendly terms and advises children on what to do if they have a concern.
DWJS Safeguarding Team
The school has two trained Designated Safeguarding Leaders (DSLs): Mr Hackin and Mr Kilgour. Mrs Heath and Mrs Cox have also attended DSL training and operate in the Deputy DSL role. Together they constitute the school’s Safeguarding Team. All safeguarding concerns are managed and responded to by a member of this team.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies, when there are concerns about a child's welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that doing so may place a child at risk or otherwise not be in their best interests.
Where concerns exist around a child’s well-being, the school liaises closely with the Bromley Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) team. If concerns relate to conduct by a member of staff, the school will take guidance from the Local Authority Designated Officer.
All staff at DWJS receive annual safeguarding training. Additionally, the school holds termly update meetings for teachers where the school’s systems and provision are reinforced and, where appropriate, reviewed and adapted in light of latest best practice guidance. The school also extends this provision to cover third party organisations who work with our children regularly, such as Sportacus. This ensures a consistency of approach and strengthens partnership working around children’s well-being.
Staff have also received training in specific aspects of safeguarding such as Prevent and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
Like our partner schools in SOLA, DWJS supports Operation Encompass, which is a police and education information sharing partnership. Information is shared by the police with a school's trained Key Adult (usually the DSL) prior to the start of the next school day after officers have attended a domestic abuse incident thus enabling appropriate support to be given, dependent upon the needs and wishes of the child.
Children experiencing domestic abuse are negatively impacted by this exposure; domestic abuse has been identified as an Adverse Childhood Experience and can lead to emotional, physical and psychological harm. Operation Encompass aims to mitigate this harm by enabling immediate support, making a child's day better and giving them a better tomorrow.
Operation Encompass will ensure that a member of the Safeguarding Team is trained to allow them to liaise with the police and to use the information that has been shared, in confidence, while ensuring that the school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children, or their families, who have been involved in, or exposed to, a domestic abuse incident.
Photos and Videos
To comply with the school’s safeguarding policies, any photographs or videos taken by parents, carers and relatives at school productions, sports days or other events are for the enjoyment of individual families. They must not be used in any way that could potentially place a child at risk. This would include publishing images in any form of print or on the internet including sharing across social networking sites. This is requirement is clearly stated before concerts and shows.