Safeguarding @ West Wittering
Working together to keep all Children Safe, all the time
West Wittering Parochial CE Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children at all stages and expects all staff, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment.
We know that children want a place that they can talk, be listened to, and can be heard to help them feel safe. As a school we will always make time to listen to our pupils and take what they say seriously. Here at West Wittering we ensure that all staff and volunteers have undergone safeguarding training, so they know what to do, when to do it and how to do it if a child makes a disclosure. We operate the theory that 'It could happen here' to ensure that we are ready to support any child with any need. The world is a changing place and we need to be ready and responsive to all areas of safeguarding.
Our staff are trained to look out for signs of physical and emotional harm or neglect, and both staff and volunteers are required to report these to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL), or one of the deputies in their absence.
To promote a safe environment for students, West Wittering Parochial CE Primary School employs a strict selection and recruitment policy which includes all statutory checks on staff and regular volunteers including Enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checks.
We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection policy, a copy of which can be found on the policy page of our website.
We actively support the Government's Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism.
We work in partnership with other agencies like the Health Authority, Social Services and the police to identify, assess, and support children who are, or who may be, suffering harm.
Because our first concern must be the well-being of your child, there may be occasions when we have to consult other agencies before we contact you. The procedures we have to follow have been laid down in accordance with the Local Authority Child Protection Procedures.
If you or anyone that you know of need help with a safeguarding issue, you can contact the West Sussex Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 01403 229900 or out of hours on 0330 222 6664, email MASH@westsussex.gcsx.gov.uk
Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL): Mr Nick Matthews
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mr Richard Weston & Mrs Emma Bowman
Designated Governor for Child Protection and Safeguarding: Mrs Stella Hadley