Wyre Forest School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection Policy which can be viewed in the Policies section of our website or below.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child's welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare. We make no apologies for being extremely vigilant and may cause offence, but the safety and well-being of our pupils is our number one priority.
We actively support the Government's Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism and all staff undergo Prevent training.
Safeguarding Governor: Jeff Howell
Designated Safeguarding Lead: Rebecca Garratt
Deputy Safeguarding Leads: Sarah Evans, Alison Hopkins and Tim Matthews
Our safeguarding team meets weekly to ensure we are all aware of current practice, case studies and issues within our school. The team is made up of staff from school and Russell House to ensure we have continuity and clear communication.
Staff are trained in child protection, positive handling, prevent, FGM, CSE and receive annual refresher courses. All staff also have to read and sign to say they understand the relevant policies and the document, ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education - Part 1’.
In our school there maybe occasion when we have to positive handle a pupil - we are trained in Team Teach and we ensure the Bound Book is completed and the relevant people are notified. Governors and the Team Teach training provider, PBT, audit our use of positive handling.
Some of our classrooms, particularly where we have younger children, are locked with a fob. All staff wear fobs to open the doors. Locking the classroom door helps reduce anxieties and gives the children a stronger feeling of safety. This is risk assessed with the ultimate aim of removing the locked door. In the event of a fire the doors automatically open. If a child wishes to leave the classroom, they can do at anytime and a member of staff will be with them.
Our site staff also help us to keep safe by ensuring our building is a wonderful place to be.