Park Mead School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
This statement means that we have a Child Protection Policy and rigorous safeguarding procedures in place which all staff (including ancillary and supply staff, regular volunteers and Governors) must ensure that they are aware of and follow. Parents and carers are welcome to read the policy on request at the office or please click here to see our policies page for our Safeguarding Policy
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 children are discussed with parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.
Our Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) are:
Mr J Driscoll (DSL), Mrs C Baker (Deputy DSL), Mr N McAuliffe (Deputy DSL), Mrs B Howells-Davies (Deputy DSL)
Our Headteacher is: Mr N McAuliffe
Our Child Protection Governor is: Mrs S Vague
Our Chair of Governors is: Mrs P Bridge
If you are concerned about a child’s welfare, please record your concern, and any observations or conversation heard, and report to a DSL as soon as possible. Do not conduct your own investigation.
If your concerns relate to the actions or behaviour of a member of staff (which could suggest that she/he is a danger to children) then you should report this in the first instance to the Headteacher in confidence (or the Chair of Governors if the concern relates to the Headteacher) - who will consider what action to take.
Early Help Offer
At Park Mead, we are committed to supporting our community swiftly and effectively and to do this we have put together a package of early help support that can be accessed as soon as required.
Our offer is outlined below:
- If you require immediate support from school you can contact a member of the safeguarding team directly by email or phone. A member of the team with respond to you promptly and outline how we can assist with your challenge.
- We can support with referrals to Surrey Social Services who can support when times are challenging and in some cases offer a support worker who will visit the family home and act as a link between you and professional bodies.
- In school, children have access to our ‘Worry Token’ system where they can express their worries and concerns privately and a teacher will talk to them and refer them if required.
If you are in doubt of these options or would like to speak to a member of the safeguarding team in how we can support you, please do not hesitate to get in touch and a member of the team will get back to you.
For more information on Early Help, please visit the following websites:
Further information and weblinks on Safeguarding Children:
Park Mead Primary School, Park Drive, Cranleigh, Surrey, GU6 7HB