Our commitment to safeguarding encompasses ways which we ensure children and young people foster security, confidence and independence. The School has a duty of care and the right to take reasonable action to ensure the welfare and safety of its pupils. If a member of staff has cause to be concerned that a child may be subject to ill treatment, neglect or any other form of abuse, the School will follow child protection procedures and inform Children’s Services of its concern.
A clear policy on Safeguarding is available below and is reviewed by staff and the Local Advisory Board regularly.
There are designated lead staff who monitor the effectiveness of the policy and, where necessary, liaise with the local authority when significant safeguarding concerns arise:
Designated Safeguarding Lead: Catherine Penn (Assistant Head Teacher)
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads: Nicola Moorhouse & Carrie Cooper (Co-Deputy Head Teachers)
Designated Safeguarding Officers: Helen McCarthy (Extended Day Manager), Teresa Dempsey (Y3 Year Group Leader), Jen Turner (Y4 Year Group Leader), David McCabe (Y5 Year Group Leader) & Mark Lindsey (Y6 Year Group Leader).
Local Advisory Board Member with responsibility for Safeguarding: Beverley Montgomery (Chair)
If you have a concern that a child is being harmed, is at risk of harm, or you receive a disclosure (intentionally or unintentionally) you must contact one of the designated safeguarding leads as quickly as possible. You will find the names of these members of staff above. If out-of-school hours/term time, please click here for the Croydon Council Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH).
Policy and Procedures
We will ensure all policies and procedures in respect of safeguarding children are up to date and in line with latest DfE legislation. The policies are accessible to all staff through this website. Policies and procedures are reviewed and revised on a regular basis.
Please click here for a guide to Keeping Children and Young People Safe from Radicalisation and Extremism
Disclosure & Barring Checks
PHJS meets statutory requirements in relation to Disclosure & Barring Service – all staff and volunteers who work with PHJS who meet the ‘regulated activity test’ (Freedoms Act 2012) are required to undergo an enhanced DBS check prior to employment.
All School staff and volunteers undertake relevant safeguarding training upon starting in the School and receive regular safeguarding training throughout the year.