At Loxwood, Safeguarding is of the upmost importance and we work hard to ensure all our pupils stay safe in school, at home, in the community and online. We know that children learn best when they feel safe and secure. We have a duty of care and the right to take reasonable actions to safeguard the welfare of our pupils. We are here to promote their personal safety and wellbeing and keep our young people safe and secure.
We expect that all staff, volunteers and governors share this commitment to safeguarding. Our approach includes a clear safeguarding ethos, a policy that sets out clear expectations and processes, and high-quality training that ensures staff know what to do and do it consistently across the school.
Our Designated Safeguarding Leads are Miss Dowley, Mrs Mellors and Miss Price.
What to do if you have a concern about a child?
If you have a concern about a child, please come and speak to one of our Designated Safeguarding Leads. It may be that we need to pass your concerns directly to the West Sussex Integrated Front Door, a team that deals directly with Child Protection and Safeguarding. Alternatively, if your concern is out of school hours and urgent, you can contact the West Sussex Integrated Front Door directly on https://www.westsussexscp.org.uk/ or via phone on 01403 229900.
What to do if you have a concern about an adult at school?
If you have a concern about any adult working or volunteering at this school, please come and speak directly to Miss Dowley first. All adults, including volunteers at this school, are trained to have an ‘it can happen here’ attitude. Please be reassured that any concerns will be taken seriously and investigated and passed onto the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) if required.
All adults working or volunteering at Loxwood, must have read and understood Part 1 of the most recent version of Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE 2022). Please follow the link below to this document.
For further details on our procedures, please see our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and our Confidential Reporting Policy.
Staying safe on the Internet
Children and young people spend a lot of time online – it can be a great way for them to socialise, explore and have fun. But children do also face risks such cyberbullying or seeing content that's inappropriate. That's why it's important for them to know how to stay safe online.
Whether you're unsure about what happens online or are up to speed with new technology, it's important that you talk to your child about staying safe.
It may feel daunting, but you don't need to be an expert on the internet. Understanding what children do online and the risks they face will help you keep your child safe online.