At Fox Wood the health and safety of our pupils is of paramount importance. Parents/carers send their children to school each day with the expectation that school provides a secure environment in which their child can flourish. Fox Wood therefore has to ensure that this expectation becomes reality. In order to do this a wide range of measures are in place and our aim is to create a culture of vigilance.
Staff receive safeguarding training on a yearly basis and in updates throughout the year. The suite of safeguarding policies are available on the network via CPOMS and staff read them on an annual basis. Safeguarding is a standard agenda item on all meetings and in full staff meetings we inform staff of the latest information in the Education Safeguarding Team newsletter.
If staff have concerns with regards to the way their safeguarding concern is being handled, they can contact Children’s Social Care (01925 443400), Adult Social Care (01925 444239) or Children with Disabilities Team (01925 442428) or the Education Safeguarding Team (01925 442928).
Visiting professionals are informed of what to do if they have a safeguarding concern and are invited to appropriate training.
For our students who are over the age of 18, college staff must contact Adult Social Care (01925 444239) who will contact the Safeguarding Team for adults (01925 444078). School and college staff are particularly important as they are in a position to identify concerns early, provide help and prevent concerns from escalating.
The Safeguarding Team meets regularly and comprises all members of SLT and the Pastoral Support Officer. The Pastoral Support Officer produces a weekly summary of safeguarding concerns which is discussed by all the Safeguarding Team. The Designated Senior Lead (DSL) at Fox Wood is Lianne Buchanan, and the deputy DSL is Louise Messham. The member of staff with overarching responsibility for child welfare at school is Lucinda Duffy (Headteacher). If early help is appropriate, the DSL should liaise with other agencies and set up an interagency assessment as appropriate (Early Help Assessment). If this is appropriate, the case should be kept under constant review and consideration given to a referral to social care if the child’s situation does not appear to be improving.