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Safeguarding, Welfare and Child Protection

At Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls safeguarding underpins everything we do with our pupils to ensure that they thrive in all areas of life at school and beyond.

Every member of staff, volunteer or contractor who comes into contact with children at Haberdashers' has a role to play in safeguarding, a responsibility to act and to be confident reporting concerns, sharing information and putting the child’s needs first, regardless of how difficult it might be or how uncomfortable it might feel. Our Safeguarding, Welfare and Child Protection Policy is available on the school’s website and by following it we ensure that we are executing our duty of care for the girls.

 

Safeguarding and Child Protection Training

  • All members of staff are trained to Level One in Safeguarding and Child Protection. Training is regularly updated including an internal annual refresher course for all staff.
  • All new staff receive a Safeguarding training as part of their induction process.
  • Graffham Consultancy delivers Safeguarding and Child Protection Training Level One to all staff and Governors every three years.
  • The majority of the school’s Senior Management Team, Extended Leadership Team and the School’s Safeguarding Governor (Mrs Helen Rosethorn) are trained to Level Three.
  • All Governors are trained in Safeguarding and Child Protection in accordance with specific training for Governors (ISG1).
  • All staff must read and confirm they have understood Part One of KCSIE (5 September 2016) and Annex A in order to fully discharge their role and responsibilities in terms of safeguarding children.
  • The Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) undertake impromptu safeguarding walks to ensure that the school’s Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy is being followed. Any issues that arise are recorded and addressed.
  • The school maintains a record of all safeguarding training for staff and it is regularly checked to ensure it is up to date.
 

Site Security and Pupil Safety

  • All staff are required to wear photo- ID lanyards when on the school premises and to challenge anyone who isn’t wearing a lanyard.
  • Visitors are required to sign in at the school office and are given a visitor’s lanyard which must be returned when signing out and leaving the premises.
  • Lanyards carry details of how to raise any child safeguarding concerns
  • On site security has been enhanced with doors having biometric access keypads at entrances and exits. There is also a barrier in the carpark to prevent any unauthorised driver from visiting the site.
 

Useful contact details if you have a concern

  • Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) for Senior School: Mrs Lorraine Winton
    lwinton@habsgirls.org.uk | 020 8266 2371
  • Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) for Junior School: Mr Robert James-Robbins
    rjames-robbins@habsgirls.org.uk | 020 8266 2312
  • Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: Dr Fiona Miles
    fmiles@habsgirls.org.uk | 020 8266 2315 
  • Safeguarding Governor: Mrs Helen Rosethorn
    helen.rosethorn@btinternet.com 
  • Chairman of the Girls’ School Committee: Mr Tony Johnstone-Burt CBE
    c/o Haberdashers’ Hall, 18 West Smithfield, London WC1A 9HQ | 020 7246 9988
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