Elmhurst Junior School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We ensure that consistent and effective safeguarding procedures and policies are in place to support pupils and staff at school. If a pupil or parent has a concern they should contact the school immediately. Please see our Child Protection Policy on our Policies and Documents page for further details.
The Parent Info website where you will find expert information to help children stay safe online.
The NSPCC link will take you to an interesting booklet to help you determine whether it is safe for your child to be out alone.
All the staff at Elmhurst School give the safeguarding of your children, the highest priority and fully believe that safeguarding is the shared responsibility of us all. This means that all our staff and volunteers are recruited following the DfE (prev. DCSF) Safer Recruitment guidelines. However, we are not complacent and we encourage a culture of sharing concerns throughout the school.
We have a fully trained Lead Child Protection Officer in school who is Michael Lawrence and also a Deputy Child Protection Lead Officer who is Tracy Edwards.
If you have any safeguarding concerns about a child at our school, then you should always share these concerns with one of the Child Protection Lead Officers. If you have any concerns about the conduct of a staff member, then you should always share these with the Headteacher (or the Chair of Governors if your concern is about the Head). They have a duty to talk with the Local Authority Designated Officer for Safeguarding (known as the DO).
If we have any concerns about your child, we will share these with you. We work in close partnership with other agencies and we have a legal duty to discuss serious concerns or seek advice from these agencies (Children’s Social Care/Police) should the need arise. There may be circumstances which require us to contact them before speaking with you, but these will be the exception, not the norm.
We work hard to maintain open and honest communication both within our school and with parents/carers. By working together we can all ensure we keep the children at Elmhurst School as safe as possible and ensure a really positive learning environment for all.