Beacon Hill recognises that it has a duty to ensure arrangements are in place for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, staff and visitors. Our Safeguarding Code of Conduct and Safeguarding and Protection of Children and Young People refers to the document Working Together to Safeguard Children which focuses safeguarding as being
• Protecting children from maltreatment;
• Preventing impairment of children’s health or development;
• Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
• Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
In addition, school and college staff are particularly important as they are in a position to identify concerns early, provide help for children, and prevent concerns from escalating.
Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016 outlines:
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes in to contact with children and their families and carers has a role, to play in safeguarding children. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively all professionals should make sure their approach is child centred. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.
Child Protection is a part of safeguarding and promoting welfare, to protect specific children who are suffering or at risk of suffering significant harm. Effective child protection is essential as part of wider work to safeguard children and young people
Points of contact in school
Hi, My name is Justina Terretta. I am the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) in school and I’m the first point of contact for any member of the school staff who has a concern about the safety and well being of a pupil.
Hello, my name is Paul Steadman. I am another Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead in school and I am a first point of contact in the absence of the DSL (Designated Safeguarding Lead).
Hello, my name is Michelle Stothert. I am one of the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead in school and I am a first point of contact in the absence of the DSL (Designated Safeguarding Lead).
Barbara Mills is the governor responsible for safeguarding.