Safeguarding & Security
At Woodlands School we are committed to the continuous Safeguarding of our children and families and promote the ethos that;
Safeguarding is EVERYONE'S responsibility!
There are 3 members of staff trained as Designated Safeguarding Leads.
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads
Governor With Responsibility For Safeguarding
Mr Michael Curtin
Signs and Symptoms of Potential Abuse
We expect all members of our school community to remain vigilant to the signs and symptoms of potential abuse and report any concerns to our Designated Safeguarding Lead.
There are 4 main categories of abuse to be aware of;
In addition to these 4 areas, the following Safeguarding issues are also high on our agenda;
The Prevent Duty (Radicalisation & Extremism)
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
Children Missing From Education (CME)
For further information on this, please refer to our School Safeguarding Policies.
How to make a referral
Should you have any Safeguarding concerns about our children or families please speak directly to our Designated Safeguarding Lead in the first instance. In the rare event that they are not available, please speak to one of our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads. Contact can be made by either directly visiting the school or phoning the School Office on (020) 8381 2188. All disclosures are treated in the strictest confidence. During weekends and holidays when school is closed, please make any referrals to
Harrow Children Services’ Golden Number on (020) 8901 2690
In the event that you have a Safeguarding concern about a member of staff, please contact the Headteacher directly. If you have a Safeguarding concern about the Headteacher, please contact our Chair of Governors, Pauline Atkins, whose contact details are available from the School Office. In either case the Headteacher or Chair of Governors will then refer to the Managing Allegations Policy when investigating the concern.
Within our school, our internal system has a range of features and procedures to ensure that Safeguarding is continuously promoted and managed effectively. This includes the following;
A Single Central Record which ensures all Staff, Governors and Volunteers have up to date DBS checks and that relevant teachers have an additional Prohibition check
All staff have read our key Safeguarding policies
All staff have completed a Disqualification by Association disclosure form
All Safeguarding disclosures and interventions are recorded in a detailed way.
We seek advice from and at times make referrals to, a range of multi-agency professionals including;
1) The Children and Disabilities Team in Harrow
2) Harrow Local Authority Designated Officer
3) MASH (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub) (includes Early Invention)
4) CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service)
Safeguarding features as a regular agenda item for Governors, Senior Leadership Team, Teachers and Staff meetings
Staff undertake regular Safeguarding training both internally and externally
Safeguarding features within our School Evaluation Form and School Improvement Plan
DSLs attend the Designated Safeguarding Lead Network meetings
Health & Safety information is displayed boards in every classroom
A prominent Safeguarding poster is displayed in every classroom and the staffroom
Regular safeguarding audits and reviews are undertaken to support the DSL in leading cases
Curriculum provision promotes British Values and ensures opportunities for our children to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to relevant aspects of Safeguarding, where it is deemed appropriate
Please see our ‘Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy’ for further information. The statutory guidance from the Department for Education regarding ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education` can be read here. Please click below to find other key policies related to Safeguarding.
The school takes part in a project that will run jointly between schools and the Metropolitan Police. Operation Encompass is the reporting to schools, prior to the start of the next school day, when a child or young person has been exposed to, or involved in, any domestic incident.
Operation Encompass will ensure that a member of the school staff, known as a Dedicated Safeguarding Lead, is trained to allow them to liaise with the police and to use the information that has been shared, in confidence, while ensuring that the school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children, or their families, who have been involved in, or exposed to, a domestic abuse incident.