The designated safeguarding team are:
Gemma Dixon Designated Safeguarding Lead and Headteacher
Laura Bownass- Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead and Head of Upper School
Sarah Parker- Walton- Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead and Head of Lower School
Robert Ling-Safeguarding Link Governor
As a school we take safeguarding very seriously and expect all members of our community to protect and promote our pupils’ welfare and wellbeing. We address many aspects of wellbeing and British values through our curriculum.
On occasion we share information with other agencies to protect the welfare of pupils at Forest Moor School. We will always discuss this with families beforehand, unless we believe this discussion could put a child or young person at risk of harm.
If a parent, career, visitor or guest has any concerns about the safety or welfare of any student or family at Forest Moor School please contact one of the designated staff members above.
The safeguarding team are able to offer support, advice and guidance to you with regards to safeguarding and child protection concerns you may have.
What is Safeguarding?
“The action we take to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm – is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play.” Every child can be hurt, put at risk of harm or abused, regardless of their age, gender, religion or ethnicity. Safeguarding legislation and government guidance says that safeguarding means:
- 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 and young people to have the best outcome
Useful links for parents.
Families can visit www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents to access advice and support on how to keep children safe from sexual abuse, both online and off. Articles provide guidance on topics as diverse as: challenging harmful sexual attitudes and promoting positive behaviours; helping a child with autism negotiate life online; supporting a child who has been sexually abused; and dealing with a range of online issues such as sending nude selfies and viewing pornography. Users will find films, downloadable guides and useful links to support organisations. Other helpful sources of information include:
ParentInfo.Org: Expert information to help children and young people stay safer online.
Keeping Children Safe in Education – DFE
Keeping Children Safe in Education – Translated into 11 different languages. (Translation may not be accurate)
NHS Live Well