Safeguarding and Statutory Policies
This school and the local authority are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS check is required for all posts prior to commencement.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:
- 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:
- Taking action to enable all children to have the best life chances.
Keeping Children Safe in Education ( KCSiE), DfE 2018 states that, in addition to the three yearly cycle of safeguarding and child protection training, all staff members should receive safeguarding and child protection updates (for example, via email, e-bulletins and staff meetings), as required, but at least annually, to provide them with relevant skills and knowledge to safeguard children effectively.
At Wheatfields Infants’ and Nursery School, all staff are trained at Level 1 and the DSL delivers an annual update using materials provided by Hertfordshire Child Protection School Liaison Team, in line with the Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Board procedures and national guidance. Staff are informed of updates and changes to legislation by email and staff briefings.
Staff are given additional training in The Prevent Duty. FGM, and Anti bullying.
In addition 4 members of staff are trained as Level 2 Designated Safeguarding Leads.
The lead DSL is Sarah Fitzgerald, Assistant Head for Safeguarding, Inclusion and Behaviour and SENCO.
The deputies are
Clare Cockburn, Head Teacher
Jayne Nicholl, Assistant Head
We have 2 members of staff trained) as STEPS trainers (Sarah Fitzgerald and Liz Pratt) and all staff undergo an initial 6 hour training followed up with a 3 hour refresher course annually.