At West Hill School, we recognise that your child is your responsibility and concern.
We want to work in partnership with you and we will share successes with you, and discuss with you any concerns we may have.
Since our first priority is your child’s welfare, there may be rare occasions when our concern about your child means that we have to consult other agencies even before we contact you. The procedures we follow have been laid down by the Surrey Safeguarding Board, and West Hill School has adopted a Safeguarding Policy in line with this for the safety and protection of all. If you want to know more about our procedures or the policy, please speak to the Headteacher or your child’s class tutor.
We take every precaution to ensure that all within our community are safe, healthy and happy. All West Hill staff have enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance. Our Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) are senior members of staff and their training is updated regularly.
The school has taken the opportunity to join the Operation Encompass scheme which will run jointly between local schools, Surrey Police and Surrey County Council.
Operation Encompass has been designed to provide early reporting on any domestic incidents that occur outside of school and might have an impact on a child in school. For further information please see letter that was sent to all parents here and the Operation Encompass website.
New surrey safeguarding children arrangements
The new Surrey Safeguarding Children Arrangements have been published after a consultation with a broad range of stakeholders and the agreed vision is:
“The new safeguarding arrangements will make a difference to the lives of children and young people in Surrey by ensuring that agencies work better together, learn from local and national practice and continuously improve services to enable children and young people to be safe and feel safe in their families and communities.”
From September 2019, the current Surrey Safeguarding Children Board will be replaced by the new Surrey Safeguarding Children Partnership. The Partnership which will be led, jointly and equally, by these three statutory Safeguarding Partners:
- Surrey County Council
- Surrey Police
- Guildford and Waverley CCG (acting on behalf of all CCGs and NHS Providers in Surrey)
Further information can be found here.