Safeguarding

At Elizabeth Woodville School (EWS), we are wholly committed to the provision of a safe and nurturing learning environment, where our students, staff and visitors feel welcome, protected and supported at all times. Our dedicated safeguarding team has a clear vision to protect young people from harm and promote their wellbeing, and safeguarding is threaded throughout all areas of school life.

 

What is safeguarding?

According to Keeping Children Safe In Education 2023, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:

  • Protecting children from maltreatment;

  • Preventing impairment of children’s mental and physical health or development;

  • Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

Keeping Children Safe In Education 2023

 

What should I do if I have an urgent concern?

If someone is in immediate danger, call the emergency services on 999.

Where emergency services are not required, but there is something urgent during the school day, you can contact the school using the details below and ask to speak to a member of the safeguarding team.

North Tel: 01604 862125

South Tel: 01908 563468

Email: generalenquiries@ewsacademy.org.uk

 

Who is the Designated Safeguarding Lead?

The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is the person in school with the oversight for safeguarding. 

The DSL at EWS is: Sophie Chance Sophie.chance@ewsacademy.org.uk

Please be aware that this email address may not be monitored at all times; therefore, for anything urgent, you should call the school site to ask for a member of the safeguarding team.

Our DSL, Deputy DSLs, Leadership Team, and Pastoral Assistants have advanced safeguarding training in order to provide the right support at the right time.

A full staff directory can be found on our website here: https://www.ewsacademy.org.uk/home/about-us/staff-directory-2/

 

How are safeguarding matters reported?

EWS staff are fully committed to their responsibilities to safeguarding children and young people through robust recording and reporting procedures and the availability of supportive provisions and interventions. 

We use CPOMS to keep our record secure and in line with our procedures to maintain excellent record-keeping in a timely and confidential manner.

Staff will alert the key members of the safeguarding team regarding any concerns and these will be responded to in a timely manner to ensure that the students and other key stakeholders receive the right help and support.

 

How can I report a safeguarding concern myself?

You can call the school to report a concern, or, should your concern out of school hours or term time, you can contact the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub on:

  • Northamptonshire MASH: 0300 126 7000 / Out of Hours: 01604 626938, MASH@nctrust.co.uk

  • Milton Keynes MARF: 01908 253169 or 253170

 

How are staff trained to maintain a robust culture of safeguarding at EWS?

EWS recognises that, because school staff are in regular and frequent contact with children, they are particularly well placed to safeguard and promote the welfare of students and are therefore trained accordingly in safeguarding at least annually with additional regular training, as required.

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility, and all staff are well trained in this area, but we do also have a dedicated safeguarding team trained at an advanced level to respond to any aspect of concern.

 

How are students taught about staying safe?

Our RSHE / PSHE curriculum is carefully planned and reviewed to ensure all students have the opportunity to learn about keeping themselves safe and reporting their concerns, as well as the laws around consent, behaviour in the community and other key topics. 

We have a well-sequenced curriculum intent across subjects, which envelops the promotion of our learners’ wellbeing and safety. In addition to our internal lesson-based curricula, we invite in a variety of agencies and organisations to provide expert advice and information in fun and engaging assemblies, performances and workshops. These include performances on topics such as: knife-crime, mental health, smoking and much more. These opportunities allow our students to learn about keeping themselves and those around them safe in a fun and engaging environment. 

We ensure that anyone who may feel negatively affected by these shows are given support throughout or prior warning and provide additional sessions to consolidate the understanding of the specific issue/s for anyone who may need it.

 

What if I have a staff-related concern?

All concerns regarding staff should be reported directly to the Headteacher.

South: Hannah Jones Hannah.jones@ewsacademy.org.uk

North: Emma Reed emma.reed@ewsacademy.org.uk

 

Useful Contacts:

Childline: 0800 1111

NSPCC: 0808 800 5000

Police non-emergency: 101 / NHS: 111

 

Useful links:

Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people –  www.kooth.com

Prevention of young suicide –  www.papyrus.org.uk

LGBT+ Support and Advice – https://www.stonewall.org.uk/

NSPCC – https://www.nspcc.org.uk

Resources-bank for Mental Health and Wellbeing – https://www.camhs-resources.co.uk