At Ellen Wilkinson Primary School & Children’s Centre staff and Governors work tirelessly to ensure that all aspects of school life are ‘fair’ and ‘safe’ for pupils, staff, parents, carers and all our visitors.
How do we do this?
We create and follow policies and procedures to help us achieve a fair, safe and harmonious environment for everyone. We want our school to be a place where children are safe from harm, know that staff have their welfare at heart, and that they will always be listened to if they want to discuss a problem. Some examples of the way we do this are listed below.
- Safeguarding and Early Help Policy – This policy is updated annually to reflect new guidance and legislation issued in relation to safeguarding children and promoting their welfare within schools and includes: FGM (Female Genital Mutilation), Extremism, Radicalisation and Child Sexual Exploitation.
- Recruitment and Selection Policy (Local Authority)
- Acceptable Use Agreements which includes E-safety Policy
- Equalities Scheme
- School’s Positive Behaviour Policy
- Inclusion Policy
- Whistle Blowing Policy
- Health and Safety Policy
- Attendance (including Children Missing from Education)
- Risk assessments
All policies and guidance apply to all staff, governors, visitors and volunteers working in school & Children’s’ Centre and are in place to ensure that:
- The school practices ‘safe recruitment’ with regard to checking the suitability of all staff and volunteers who work in school
- The school has a firmly embedded ‘Safeguarding’ Policy which is brought to staff’s attention initially as part of their induction to school, then via further inset provision, including developing a clear understanding of procedures for identifying and reporting cases of suspected abuse and the provision of subsequent support for these children.
- The school is a safe environment in which children thrive and develop.
The school follows the Local Authority School Safeguarding arrangements which encompass the ‘DFE 2005’ Arrangements ‘to Safeguard and Promote the Welfare of Children’, and all subsequent guidance issued by the DFE including Keeping Children Safe in Education (last updated September 2018).
Who is responsible?
We believe that every person within our school has the responsibility to ensure the well-being and safety of everyone who uses our site. Whether that is through following agreed procedures, taking time to notice and listen if things aren’t going well, reporting concerns or ensuring a physically and emotionally safe environment.
The Headteacher is our Designated Safeguard Lead and she is supported in this by a designated deputy and an Every Child Matters Team (ECM) who are listed below.
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Sue Ferguson (Headteacher)
Suzanne Ferdinand, Peter Hilton, Sheleena Laskar, Julie Baker, Lynn Wilson, Dwight Hart, Nadia Walker, Carly Mullen
If you are ever concerned about the well-being of a child please speak directly to a member of staff who can put you in contact with a member of this team.
If you would like to find out more information please contact:
Mrs Sue Ferguson or any member of the ECM Team
EWPS has been given the opportunity to take part in a project that will run jointly between schools and Newham Borough Metropolitan Police.
Operation Encompass is reporting to schools the day after a child or young person has been involved or exposed to a domestic abuse incident in the home the previous evening.
This information is shared securely with the school and enables the trained Operation Encompass Designated Safeguarding Lead to coordinate immediate help and emotional support for a pupil and/or their families, who have been involved in, or exposed to, a domestic abuse incident.
N.B. Any information shared as part of this project is kept securely and confidentially by the school.
We are keen to offer the best help and support possible to all our pupils and we believe this will be extremely beneficial in effectively meeting the needs of the children and families involved.
Please contact Sue Ferguson, Headteacher, if you have any questions about the project.