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.
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
The LADO for Northumberland is Carol Glasper
Carol can be contacted by email
Carol.Glasper@northumberland.gov.uk / LADO@northumebrland.gov.uk
or telephone 01670 623979
The role of the 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:
- Teaching assistants
- Administrative assistant
- Supply teachers
- Midday supervisors
- Adult helpers
If in doubt, anyone with concerns should seek advice from the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Mrs. B Haggerstone.