In case of a Safeguarding (Child Protection) issue you will need to contact Mr Ian Williams (Deputy Headteacher/Designated Safeguarding Lead) straight away.
In his absence, please see Mrs Andrea Hall (Headteacher/Alternative Designated Safeguarding Lead), Mrs Samantha Porter (SENDCO/ Alternative Designated Safeguarding Lead), Miss Anna Siddall (Assistant Headteacher/Alternative Designated Safeguarding Lead), Miss Nicola Brinkley (Pastoral Lead/Alternative Designated Safeguarding Lead), Mrs Nancy Darke (Behaviour/SEND Specialist Teacher/Alternative Designated Safeguarding Lead) or Mrs Kate Gotts (Pastoral Support/Alternative Designated Safeguarding Lead).
Mr Williams or any of the alternate DSLs can be contacted within the school day from 8.00am until 4.30 pm.
The Governor with responsibility for Safeguarding is Mrs Lyn Baran.
Our Online Safety Lead is Mrs Naomi Walker.
The Prevent Lead at Whitehouse Community Primary is Mr Ian Williams.
At Whitehouse Community Primary School we understand that from time to time family life can have its complications. These may be the times when you need some extra help and support. To support and advise you at such times we have an Early Help Offer.
Who should I contact if I need help or have concerns?
The first step is to make contact with your child’s class teacher who will know who is best placed to help you. It may be that they can solve your problem straight away or work with their year group colleagues to make the difference.
If they cannot help, they can get one of our designated members of staff to contact you:
Mrs Porter – our SENDCo – will contact you if you are concerned that a special educational need may be affecting your child’s progress.
Miss Brinkley or Mrs Gotts – who form the Pastoral Team – will contact you if you are having problems at home – from sleep to finances, parenting to family crisis – they are able to support you and put you in contact with other agencies who may be able to help.
What sort of concerns might parents need to share with the Pastoral Team?
A wide range of issues such as behaviour management, financial worries and debt, domestic abuse, housing concerns, mobility difficulties, family members in prison, bereavement and loss, cyber bullying – in fact any concerns which you are worried might be having a negative impact on your children.
What might we offer in response to your concerns and how will this support be managed?
There are a range of ways of delivering support. Informal pastoral support meetings with a record of the conversation might be all that is required. Behaviour Plans and Risk Assessments can be used to support individual pupils. For pupils at risk of exclusion, Suffolk Pupils Support Frameworks could be initiated which involve frequent meetings between school, home and pupils to work together on agreed targets. Depending on the nature of the concern we may refer to the school nurse or the mental well-being hub. If a referral to the Early Help team is requested, the school will draw up the documents with the parents and if accepted there will be an Early Help Team set up, to plan and action the support required through a multi-agency team.
We have three Thrive practitioners – Mrs Porter, Mrs Darke and Mrs Jones – and bespoke interventions are run to support some pupils. A Thrive approach is used within classes with advice from the Thrive practitioners. Miss Brinkley is a Mental Health First Aider and is proactive in recognising that mental health concerns may underpin some social, emotional and behavioural issues and will help families to seek appropriate support.
For attendance concerns, support through school will be offered and if necessary the Educational Welfare Officer will be brought in for further help.
How will safeguarding procedures be effective in supporting families?
Whitehouse has seven trained Designated Safeguarding Leads. However all staff are trained to identify and report safeguarding concerns. Where there are concerns raised, the school will follow the school reporting procedures. The team will work with families and all relevant agencies through Child in Need or Child Protection teams to reduce and remove identified risks to children. Support will be given to families by social workers and other relevant agencies including school.
How will our pupils learn to keep themselves safe?
Curriculum provision, especially through PSHE lessons and additional work from outside agencies including NSPCC and the police, support our children in learning how to keep themselves safe. Children are also made aware of the role of the Pastoral Team and Thrive practitioners in supporting them.
Child Line posters are displayed in school.
Who might the school refer to for more help?
The Early Help Team
Children and Young People’s Services
The In Year Fair Access Panel
County Inclusive Support Service
Speech and Language Therapist
Educational Welfare Officer
Citizens Advice Bureau
Suffolk Family Information Service
Well being hub
Childnet Resources/ Think U Know
When should I contact Whitehouse’s Pastoral Team?
Contact us when you have a concern which is affecting your child(ren). We will always try to see you quickly or to give you a call to find out what the problem is and arrange to meet you.
There is a school Safeguarding Policy which complies with National, Suffolk Local Safeguarding Children’s Board (LSCB) and LA guidance DFE section 175/157 of the Education Act 2002 and which is available below. Please note that a hard copy is also available in school in the policies folder located in the main entrance.
The following policies may also be useful and can be found on our policies page:
Online Safety Policy
Are you concerned about a child?
Everyone has a part to play in protecting and safeguarding children. For more information, click on the link: http://www.suffolkscb.org.uk/
If you need URGENT safeguarding assistance outside of school hours you should contact Customer First on 0808 800 4005
Additional Telephone Numbers
Suffolk Police: 01473 613500
NSPCC Whistleblowing Contact: 08456066067
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