At Park Hill Junior School we strive to make sure all our students are safe in school, at home, online and in the community. Our staff are here to keep young people safe and secure and to promote their personal safety and well-being.
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:
|Safeguarding Staff at PHJS||Designated Member of Staff|
Designated Safeguarding Lead
|Carrie Cooper (Deputy Head Teacher) & Catherine Penn (Assistant Head Teacher)|
|Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads||Ann Pratt (Head Teacher) & Clara Waxer (SENDCO)|
|Designated Safeguarding Officers||
Teresa Dempsey (Y3/4 Phase Leader), Jen Turner (Y5/6 Phase Group Leader), Danielle Colley (Family Support Worker) and Gina Job (Finance / Admin Officer).
|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.
The PHJS Safeguarding and Online Safety Policy can be viewed here.
Please click here for information about Keeping Children and Young People Safe from Radicalisation and Extremism
The PHJS Volunteer Policy and Health and Safety Policy can be viewed here.
Please click here for PHJS information about E-Safety.
To view the Croydon Partnership Early Help Strategy, please click here.
To read the Ofsted review of Sexual Abuse in Schools and Colleges, please click here.
We are an Operation Encompass school. Operation Encompass is the notification to schools, prior to the start of the next school day, of incidents where a child or young person has experienced or been exposed to any domestic abuse.
Operation Encompass will ensure that a member of the school safeguarding team, is trained to allow them to liaise with the police and to use the information that has been shared in confidence. They will also ensure that the school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children, or their families, who have experienced a domestic abuse incident.
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.