Safeguarding at Rosemary Works School

At Rosemary Works School, Safeguarding is our number one priority and everyone’s responsibility. The information below explains some of our key provision and systems. It is not intended to replace or substitute the reading of our Safeguarding Policy. For us safeguarding goes beyond what is statutory and is our highest priority. As a team we constantly reflect on our practise and look for any ways we can to improve.

Who leads in Safeguarding in school?

We have four school DSLs (Designated Safeguarding Leads). These are currently:

Rob Dell – Designated Safeguarding Lead
Ross Stewart – Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Semira Asfaw – Duty Safeguarding
Kerry Barber – Early Years Duty Safeguarding

Posters of our DSLs are found on our notice board in the school foyer.

What does a DSL do?

In our school the DSL’s responsibilities include:

  • Respond to any safeguarding concerns.
  • Liaise with social care and other agencies.
  • Talk to parents about concerns raised where appropriate.
  • Updates chronologies and school safeguarding records.
  • Leads on whole staff training and updates.
  • Attend half termly safeguarding team meeting to go through cases and reflect on practise. The agenda for these meetings includes updates on cases, actions taken, feedback from case holders, review practice and procedures, reflect trends and any lessons learnt. Minutes are taken and distributed.
  • Meet with the safeguarding board member at least termly.
  • Attend Local Authority DSL networks.
  • Updating school safeguarding policy. 

What training is given to staff?

Staff are regularly trained in safeguarding and it is part of our staff induction. We find out about updates and training through the Local Authority DSL network and online services.

We keep staff up to date through staff meetings where safeguarding concerns relevant to whole school are discussed (we are always mindful not to overexpose children or families, regarding casework information is shared on a needs to know basis).

How are referrals made?

Child Protection and Safeguarding referrals are made by staff and sometimes pupils, parents or visitors to the DSLs. Staff are trained in the referral process and this is part of staff induction. Visitors are asked to read our safeguarding booklet and have a discussion with a DSL so they understand the procedures. Staff are trained to avoid asking leading questions and to support pupils by explaining what will happen, not showing disbelief and taking factual information from the child. The school DSLs may investigate further once a referral is made.

Will parents be informed?

If a child makes a disclosure our practice is to inform parents and carers as long as this would not put a child in danger or we are advised not to speak to parents by social care. Likewise, we will usually inform parents if a referral to social care has been made.

What if a child or an adult makes a disclosure about a member of staff?

If there is an allegation made against a member of staff then the DSLs will seek advice from the Local Area Designated Officer (LADO) on the appropriate action to take. We will inform parents and in some cases a staff member may be suspended or put on altered or supervised duties until an investigation is completed. Where criminal activity may have taken place the police will be contacted. All staff are made aware of the school’s whistleblowing policy contained within the safeguarding policy.

How does school make sure that staff and visitors are safe to work with children?

We carry out criminal background checks on all staff and visitors who work in school. This information is managed and kept by our board member Jacqueline Logue. Staff are also asked to disclose any activity that may make them by association ineligible to work with children. Staff are trained to understand that they are all responsible for safeguarding and must immediately report any practice they are concerned about. We ask staff to also take precautions such as avoiding being left in a room on their own with a pupil and not using personal mobile phones in school to video or take pictures of pupils. These are outlined in our Staff Code of Conduct, E-Safety and Safeguarding policies.

We issue a leaflet to visitors with a summary of our expectations for their behaviour whilst in our school in advance of them seeing our children. To view it, TAP HERE.

What should I do if I have a safeguarding concern?

We ask all parents to help with safeguarding too. If you have a concern about a child, member of staff or the safety in the environment then please contact us immediately and ask to speak to one of our school DSLs. If you have a child protection concern and you feel a child is at risk but cannot reach us or it is out of school hours, then you can also refer to Hackney Children and Families direct: 020 8356 3000. If it is out of hours and you believe a child is in immediate danger you should contact the police.

Most children have access to devices with online games and apps. It can be difficult to keep on top of everything and everyone they have access too. We have lots of tips and advice for getting to know what your child has access to, how to talk to them about online safety and, if necessary, how to take some control over their online activities to keep them safe.

At school, we have web filtering facilities to ensure access to inappropriate sites and images are blocked. For further information, please refer to our safeguarding policy.