Safeguarding and Wellbeing
Safeguarding: A culture of Vigilance and Wellbeing
At Kingsford Community School our systems, processes and policies operate with the best interests of children at their core. As a school we are committed to ensuring that consistent and effective safeguarding procedures are in place, and are constantly reviewed, to support pupils, families and staff.
In both our education and our safeguarding provision, our focus is always on taking the actions needed to enable all pupils to have the best possible outcomes. For this to be achieved not only does the quality of education matter but also disseminating and embedding a strong safeguarding culture throughout the school. Every single member of the Kingsford community plays an important part in this culture of vigilance.
In a recent Local Authority review, the school’s embedded safeguarding culture, both relational and environmental, was judged to be exceptional. You can find more about their findings in our news post here.
We have a Safeguarding Policy and appropriate procedures in place which are clearly communicated to all those on our school site. In addition we have a Child on Child Abuse Policy which supports staff in identifying risks and challenging inappropriate behaviour affecting pupil wellbeing. All staff are trained in relation to child protection and other issues surrounding safeguarding. Our pupils are encouraged to talk and are listened to, knowing there are adults in the school whom they can approach if they are worried or have concerns. Pupils can also share concerns about themselves or their peers using designated “Tell Us” post boxes around the school.
Pupil wellbeing is paramount at Kingsford, and the strength of the school’s welcoming community is tangible. There is extensive support available at Kingsford Community School to ensure that every pupil feels safe and looked after. According to our latest Ofsted report, “Pupils said that the school is a safe place to be, whoever you are.” Two designated Mental Health Leads ensure that positive mental health for all pupils and staff remains at the forefront of strategic planning and teaching practice. Pupils who need additional support are provided with mentoring through the school’s Emotional Literacy Support Advice (ELSA) programme.
Our Safeguarding Team
|Ms Joan Deslandes OBE||Head Teacher|
|Mr Senaka Galagedera||Deputy Head Teacher|
|Ms Michelle McIntosh||Designated Safeguarding Lead|
|Canon Reverend Fred Ashford-Okai||Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead and Assistant Head Teacher|
|Mrs Beverley Burrell-Joseph||Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead and Assistant Head Teacher|
|Mr Scott Brooks||Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead and Assistant Head Teacher|
|Mr Matthew Young||Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead and Assistant Head Teacher|
If you are concerned about a child or young person’s welfare, please record your concern and any observations or conversation heard, and report it to a member of the safeguarding team as soon as possible on the same day by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 020 746 4700 ext. 241.
Parents will find some helpful advice and resources in the following links:
- October 2023 - Online Safety Update
- LB Newham Letter re: Spice October 2023
- Safeguarding Newsletter for Parents October 2023
- September 2023 - Online Safety Update
- Parental Control Booklet
- July 2023 - Online Safety Update
- June 2023 - Online Safety Update
- Safeguarding Newsletter for Parents May 2023
- May 2023 - Online Safety Update
- April 2023 - Online Safety Update
- Safeguarding Newsletter for Parents February 2023
- Parent Guide to Whatsapp
- December 2022 - Online Safety Update
- November 2022 - Online Safety Update
- October 2022 - Online Safety Update
- September 2022 - Online Safety Update
- May 2022 - Online Safety Update
- April 2022 - Online Safety Update
- Spring Term 2022: Safeguarding at Kingsford
- Autumn Term 2021: Online Safety
- A guide to parental controls