At Beacon Hill we take a whole school approach to safeguarding and the protection of children and young people, so that awareness is raised within the entire school community. We recognise that we have 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 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
Where can I get help?
Front Door Service
The Front Door Service provides access to all services for children and families in North Tyneside.
If you have concerns about the safety or welfare of a child in North Tyneside the Front Door Service is the first point of contact for everyone.
To contact the Front Door Service call 0345 2000 109.
Should you have concerns about an individual who has a job working with children or volunteers with children in the North Tyneside area, then it is important that this is reported to the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) in order to ensure that the correct process can be followed to safeguard children.
Further information can be found here
Points of Contact in School
Hello, my name is Francesca Devlin. 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 Justina Terretta. 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).
Hello, my name is Paula Timlin. 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).
Hello, my name is Paul Steadman. 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).