Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our students
King Edward VI Northfield School for Girls is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its students. We believe that:
- All young people have the right to be protected from harm;
- Young people need to be safe and to feel safe in school;
- Young people need support which matches their individual needs, including those who may have experienced abuse;
- All young people have the right to speak freely and voice their values and beliefs;
- All young people must be encouraged to respect each other’s values and support each other;
- All young people have the right to be supported to meet their emotional, and social needs as well as their educational needs – a happy healthy sociable young person will achieve better educationally;
- Schools can and do contribute to the prevention of abuse, victimisation, bullying, exploitation, extreme behaviours, discriminatory views and risk-taking behaviours; and
- All staff and visitors have an important role to play in safeguarding children and protecting them from abuse.
Staff are vigilant and are confident in applying our Safeguarding and Child Protection procedures to avert and alleviate any such problems.
Safeguarding is defined as:
- Protecting children from maltreatment
- Preventing impairment of children’s mental health, physical health or development
- Ensuring 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.
Safeguarding includes child protection, mental health, individual health care plans, health and safety, site security, online safety, anti-bullying work and so much more.
Safeguarding staff include
Mr L. Atkinson
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs E. Reeves
Assistant Headteacher: Pupil Support and Wellbeing – Deputy DSL
The Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy is available to parents and students to find here. All staff receive annual Safeguarding and Child Protection and Prevent update training and are aware of the procedures for passing on concerns within school.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. At King Edward VI Northfield School for Girls, we offer a variety of interventions to support our pupils as soon as possible. Pupils and parents are encouraged to speak to their Head of Year to discuss any issues relating to wellbeing.