Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, which includes everyone under the age of 18, is defined as:
protecting children from maltreatment;
preventing impairment of children’s mental and physical 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.
Keeping Children Safe in Education (Statutory guidance for Schools and Colleges) September 2020
Our Commitment to Safeguarding and Child Protection
Safeguarding is what we do for all our children and young people to keep them safe whilst in our care. At Ashmore Park and Phoenix Nursery Schools Federation we are committed to safeguarding children and young people and we expect everyone who works in our School to share this commitment. Adults in our School take all welfare concerns seriously and encourage children and young people to talk to us about anything that may worry them.
If you have any concerns about a child please speak to one of the School’s Designated Safeguarding Leads:
Designated Safeguarding Lead - Mrs Susan Lacey (Headteacher)
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead - Mrs Jane Parocki (Deputy Headteacher)
Safeguarding Link Governor - Mrs Michelle Cook
Safeguarding includes protecting children from deliberate harm, whilst also focusing on aspects of School life, which includes the child’s health; safety and wellbeing, how we manage behaviour and meet the needs of children with medical conditions. It includes the arrangements for administering first aid, the provision of educational visits, E-Safety awareness and overall School security.
We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our Safeguarding commitment, please click on the link(s) below to view our policies:
Communication with Parents
Our school will always discuss any concerns with our parents/carers and consent for any referrals will always be sought unless to do so would:
Place the child at risk of significant harm or further risk of significant harm;
Place a vulnerable adult at risk of harm; and/or
Compromise any enquiries that need to be undertaken by children’s social care or the police.
Our school will always endeavour to ensure that our parents/carers have an understanding of the safeguarding responsibilities placed on the Governing Board, the school and the staff for the safeguarding of our children.
The welfare of our children is our number one priority and we have a duty to protect them always, consequently there may be occasions when the school has to consult with other agencies without a parents/carers prior knowledge. Any consultation may result in a formal referral, which could result in parents/carers receiving a visit from external agencies e.g. social care, police etc. We understand that this can be very upsetting for families; however, our school will follow the procedures, which are required by Wolverhampton Safeguarding Together.
Reporting a Concern of Abuse or Neglect
If you are concerned that a child you know is at risk of serious harm through abuse or neglect it is important that you report your concerns to the correct agency. The link below will take you to the appropriate page on the Wolverhampton Safeguarding Together website.
Alternatively, for all concerns relating to children and young people please call:
Monday to Thursday 8.30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. - 01902 555392
Outside the above hours, in the event of an Emergency - 01902 552999.