Safeguarding at West Ham Church School
Our priority is safety and we want our children and staff to feel that they are listened to. We have a culture where all staff understand that safeguarding is the responsibility of all staff. Please read our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy. We have adopted the London Borough of Newham’s policy, which complies with the Department of Education’s Keeping Children Safe in Education document. Our Photography and Filming Policy Statement has been adapted from the NSPCC model policy.
All staff receive in depth safeguarding training annually, with updated informationduring the year. Staff and volunteers are recruited in line with Safer Recruitment Procedures, therefore all appropriate checks are completed. Anyone visiting the school for thefirst time will receive our safeguarding and evacuation procedures. Visual informationregarding our safeguarding team is displayed throughout our school.
Any safeguarding concerns must be reported to the safeguarding team immediately.Concerns regarding a member of staff should be reported to the head teacher or theLocal Authority Designated Officer (LADO), who can be contacted on 0203 373 3392 or email CPRT.LADO@newham.gov.uk.
We are partners in the joint London Metropolitan Police and London borough of Newham’s Operation Encompass, a confidential channel of communication between the police and Key Adults within the school (Safeguarding Team). The Key Adult is contacted securely if the police attend a domestic abuse incident with children in the household. This enables early intervention and further support in school to address the broader effects of the abuse.
We also work with a range of specialists to support pupils including an Educational Psychologist and an Art Therapist. Information on how to support children experiencing safeguarding issues can be found on the following websites: