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Safeguarding

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined in guidance from Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2021) as:
 
  • Protecting children from maltreatment
  • Preventing impairment of children’s mental and physical health or development
  • Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
  • Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes
 
The full guidance can be found here
 
Safeguarding children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) is more complex than for the mainstream population. At Hedgewood we are aware of these additional challenges and ensure that all our staff receive regular safeguarding training and updates to provide them with relevant and current skills and knowledge to safeguard children effectively.

Safeguarding and Child Protection

At Hedgewood school, we put the best interests of the child at the heart of a child centered and coordinated approach to safeguarding.

Our commitment to safeguarding and the protection of children is demonstrated by:

·         ensuring that there is a strong safeguarding culture within Hedgewood School

·         ensuring that all necessary internal and inter-agency child protection procedures are in place as required

·         being committed to identifying children and families who would benefit from Early Help

·         giving all our staff training and regular updates to ensure best practice

·         understanding our school’s responsibilities in the event of a concern about the conduct of a member of staff.

Our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy can be found on our School Policies & Protocols page https://hedgewood.org/our-school/school-policies-protocols/ 

 

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Ayo Akinnola (Family Services Manager)
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads John Goddard (Headteacher)
  Diane Owens (Deputy Headteacher)
Senior Staff in DSL Team Pearl Greenwald (Assistant Headteacher) – also Designated Teacher for Looked After Children.
  Bryony Smith (Assistant Headteacher)
  Victoria Leahy (Assistant Headteacher)
Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) Rob Wratten 01895 250975
Chair of Governors     Michelle Doherty

 

Operation Encompass

We are part of a joint agency project with Hillingdon Council and the Metropolitan Police called Operation Encompass, to support our pupils and their families who have experienced a domestic incident.

Operation Encompass will ensure that our Designated Safeguarding Lead is informed of the incident, so that we can offer discrete support for you and your child. We aim to provide a secure and caring environment to help reduce the broader effects of domestic abuse.

Our Operation  Encompass Lead, Ayo Akinnola, can be contacted via  office@hedgewood.org or 0208 845 6756​​

 

Private Fostering

Private fostering is when a child or young person under the age of 16 (or under 18 if disabled) is cared for, and provided with accommodation for 28 days or more, by an adult who is not a close relative. Close relatives include aunts, uncles, step-parents, grandparents, siblings and step-siblings.

There are a variety of reasons why parents may be unable to care for their own child on a short or long term basis and a private fostering arrangement can be a positive response from friends and the local community to a family in need of support. However, any child separated from their parents is potentially vulnerable and we all have a responsibility to ensure that the alternative care they receive meets their welfare and safety needs.

It is a legal requirement for the local authority to be notified of any private fostering arrangements and we can help you to do this. Please contact our DSL for further advice and support.

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined in guidance from Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2021) as:
 
  • Protecting children from maltreatment
  • Preventing impairment of children’s mental and physical health or development
  • Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
  • Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes
 
The full guidance can be found here
 
Safeguarding children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) is more complex than for the mainstream population. At Hedgewood we are aware of these additional challenges and ensure that all our staff receive regular safeguarding training and updates to provide them with relevant and current skills and knowledge to safeguard children effectively.

Safeguarding and Child Protection

At Hedgewood school, we put the best interests of the child at the heart of a child centered and coordinated approach to safeguarding.

Our commitment to safeguarding and the protection of children is demonstrated by:

  • ensuring that there is a strong safeguarding culture within Hedgewood School
  • ensuring that all necessary internal and inter-agency child protection procedures are in place as required
  • being committed to identifying children and families who would benefit from Early Help
  • giving all our staff training and regular updates to ensure best practice
  • understanding our school’s responsibilities in the event of a concern about the conduct of a member of staff.

Our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy can be found on our School Policies & Protocols page https://hedgewood.org/our-school/school-policies-protocols/ 

 

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Ayo Akinnola (Family Services Manager)
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads John Goddard (Headteacher)
  Diane Owens (Deputy Headteacher)
Senior Staff in DSL Team Pearl Greenwald (Assistant Headteacher) – also Designated Teacher for Looked After Children.
  Bryony Smith (Assistant Headteacher)
  Victoria Leahy (Assistant Headteacher)
Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) Rob Wratten 01895 250975
Chair of Governors     Michelle Doherty

 

Operation Encompass

We are part of a joint agency project with Hillingdon Council and the Metropolitan Police called Operation Encompass, to support our pupils and their families who have experienced a domestic incident.

Operation Encompass will ensure that our Designated Safeguarding Lead is informed of the incident, so that we can offer discrete support for you and your child. We aim to provide a secure and caring environment to help reduce the broader effects of domestic abuse.

Our Operation  Encompass Lead, Ayo Akinnola, can be contacted via  office@hedgewood.org or 0208 845 6756​​

 

Private Fostering

Private fostering is when a child or young person under the age of 16 (or under 18 if disabled) is cared for, and provided with accommodation for 28 days or more, by an adult who is not a close relative. Close relatives include aunts, uncles, step-parents, grandparents, siblings and step-siblings.

There are a variety of reasons why parents may be unable to care for their own child on a short or long term basis and a private fostering arrangement can be a positive response from friends and the local community to a family in need of support. However, any child separated from their parents is potentially vulnerable and we all have a responsibility to ensure that the alternative care they receive meets their welfare and safety needs.

It is a legal requirement for the local authority to be notified of any private fostering arrangements and we can help you to do this. Please contact our DSL for further advice and support.

Contact Us

Thank you for visiting our website. If you cannot find everything you need on our website, require specific information or would just like to speak to us please do not hesitate in contacting the school office.

Hedgewood School
Weymouth Road, Hayes
Middlesex, UB4 8NF

Phone: 0208 8456756

Email: office@hedgewood.org