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Safeguarding at Berwick Middle School

At Berwick Middle School, the safeguarding of our children is the highest priority. Please use the links below to view our school policies and guidance for parents/guardians in relation to safeguarding issues. 

Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy

Child Protection & Safeguarding Appendix (Covid)

Visitor Safeguarding Booklet

Online Safety Policy

Anti-Bullying Policy

Prevent Information

Being Safe at Berwick Middle School Newsletter

Are you worried about something? - Pupil Booklet

The list below shows the safeguarding team within school and who you should contact to discuss any concerns.  

 

Our Safeguarding Team

                                                                                                                                

             Mrs B Haggerstone                                                        Mr B Ryder                                                                          Mr G Bird                                                         Mrs K Reeve

           Assistant Headteacher                                                  Headteacher                                                                  Deputy Headteacher                                              SENDCo

    Designated Safeguarding Lead                                 Deputy Safeguarding Lead                                             Deputy Safeguarding Lead                                Designated teacher for

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Looked After Children                                                                  

 

                                                                                                                                                         

                       Mr R Keech                                                              Ms C Virtue                                                                Clare Shaw                                                            Lyndsay Flannigan

                   E-Safety Officer                                                   Anti-bullying Officer                                               Safeguarding Governor                                           Safeguarding Governor

                                                                                                                                                                                         E-Safety Governor

 

The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) is Adam Hall

Tel: 01670 623979  email: LADO@northumberland.gov.uk / adam.hall01@northumberland.gov.uk

The role of a LADO

 

Purpose of our Safeguarding Policy

Berwick Middle School's safeguarding policy provides clear direction to all school stakeholders about expected practice in dealing with safeguarding issues.  It makes explicit the school’s commitment to the development of good practice and effective procedures, ensuring that safeguarding concerns and referrals are handled sensitively, professionally and in a way that supports and protects the needs of the child.

There are three main aims to our Child Protection Policy:

Prevention: by creating a positive school atmosphere and providing high quality teaching and pastoral support to pupils;

Protection: by following agreed procedures and ensuring staff are appropriately recruited, trained and supported to respond appropriately and sensitively to Child Protection concerns;

Support: by providing support for pupils and school staff and for children who may have been or are being abused.

All those working in education can contribute to the safeguarding and protection of the welfare of a child in need.

According to the DfE, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:

  • protecting children from maltreatment;
  • preventing impairment of children’s health or development;
  • ensuring 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.

Child protection is a part of safeguarding and promoting welfare. It refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm.

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility at Berwick Middle School.

Everyone who comes into 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.

This policy applies to all who come into contact with children at Berwick Middle School including:

  • Teachers
  • Teaching assistants
  • Administrative assistant
  • Supply teachers
  • Students
  • Midday supervisors
  • Visitors/volunteers
  • Adult helpers
  • Governors
  • Trustees

If in doubt, anyone with concerns should seek advice from the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Mrs. B Haggerstone.